Mich. rally against anti-Islam film urges peace

DEARBORN — Sending a message of peace and unity, hundreds of people rallied Friday afternoon on the steps of Michigan’s largest mosque to protest the anti-Islam film that has sparked violence around the world.

Under a banner that read “Repel Evil With Good,” a dozen Muslim and Christian leaders spoke to the crowd at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. They slammed both the controversial film, titled “Innocence of Muslims,” and the extreme response that has erupted around the Muslim world over the past week.

The rally was the first anti-film protest in the United States, Muslim leaders said.

“We’re gathered here to show our unity,” said Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, the religious leader of the Islamic Center. “The movie … does not represent Christians … it represents a bunch of bigots, liars, and hateful people. We’re against bigotry and hatred.

“This is a hate movie … please respect our holy prophet” Muhammad.

Continued on USA Today.

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