The Velveteen Rabbi Stands Up to IslamophobiaPosted: August 31, 2010
Huge “way to go” to my colleague Rachel Barenblat (aka “The Velveteen Rabbi”), who recently posted this story on her blog:
Last week, a drunk man barged into the Al-Iman masjid in Astoria, Queens, and urinated on the prayer rugs. I tweeted about it, horrified at this display of Islamophobia (and also just plain atrocious behavior.) On Thursday, @stumark suggested that we raise money to replace the prayer rugs at the Al-Iman mosque in Queens. On Friday, I posted to this blog and to twitter asking for donations toward reimbursing the mosque for the costs of steam-cleaning their prayer rugs. My hope was to raise a few hundred bucks as a gesture of interfaith good will, a way of showing this one Muslim community that the actions of that drunk man do not represent the beliefs of most Americans.
While it’s a story that begins with a pathetic act of Islamophobia, thanks to Rachel it has a very happy ending. Make sure to read all the way to the end and donate accordingly.