‘I stand ready to register as a Muslim’
A couple weeks ago, my pastor and I attended an interfaith gathering at a local Queens synagogue. The purpose was to express community solidarity amid the anxiety and uncertainty following the recent presidential election. The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was there, along with members of the local police precinct and about 75 congregants from the synagogue.
The fear and unease were palpable.
We heard parents talk about children coming home from school saying that they were afraid they would be deported.
We heard people talk about bias crimes around the country, worrying when it was going to hit Queens.
And we heard a local imam express his gratitude for the large turnout and support. “We are in this together,” he said.
At one point, the rabbi who hosted the event said that if his Muslim neighbors were required to sign up for some sort of registry, he’d register himself as Muslim, as well. “I’ll be the first in line,” he said, to enthusiastic applause.
Now, a former secretary of state is adding her voice to that chorus: