Community begins showing support for Islamic Center of Fort Pierce and its members

Posted at 12:01 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 00:04:51-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- Members of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce are expected to be allowed back into the mosque Wednesday morning.

Before the crime tape comes down, members of the community are already showing their support to help the mosque rebuild.

Select members of the mosque were seen going inside Tuesday evening to get a first look at the damage left behind from the fire.

Meanwhile, people driving by the mosque could be heard at times yelling profanity or other hateful messages in their direction.

But, the kindness and support has helped drown out the hate cast toward the mosque.

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Doug, who did not want to be identified by last name, felt compelled to stand in front of the mosque Tuesday afternoon with a sign that read ‘I agree with Jesus. Love your neighbor as yourself’.

“I’m here to promote peace,” Doug said. He also wanted members of the mosque to know the Christian community is supporting them.

Doug is a general contractor. Holding a sign after work was a way he felt he could help.

“I was angry enough to say a 4 o’clock, I shut down my computer, made a sign and drove out here,” he said.

The Muslims visiting the mosque could see they were not alone in moving forward.

“It’s just appalling to think anyone would take any form of aggression against a house of worship,” said Rabbi Shafir Lobb, with the Eitz Chayim Temple in St. Lucie County.

She offered her place of worship to members of the mosque to use as they rebuild not long after she heard about the arson. “About 3 minutes. It was almost an instantaneous phone call,” Lobb said.

She is also part of the St. Lucie County Interfaith Clergy Alliance, comprised of people of all religions. They are supporting the Muslim community and hoping to be a part of eliminating hate toward the mosque.

A vigil is being held outside the Mosque at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to continue showing solidarity with the mosque and its members.