Springfield Residents of All Religions Stand Against Terror
Hundreds of Christians, Muslims, Jews and Atheists packed into one mosque in a time when politicians like Donald Trump are saying Muslims shouldn't be allowed in the country.
Mona Ahsan says she got the idea to put on an interfaith vigil after she and her son watched Donald Trump speak.
"He came up to me and said mom, if Donald Trump becomes president, am I going to be forced to wear a crescent on my sleeves? And it was gut wrenching, it was totally gut wrenching."
And hundreds of all faiths came together to say the United States isn't Nazi Germany.
"It was an opportunity for people of various faith traditions to come together, to speak from their own hearts and from their own traditions about peace and about what it means to work together and to be together in faith," Methodist Pastor Sara Isbell said.
To some Muslims, it was about the message that outside of religion, they are just like everyone else.
I think normal people, normal Americans really came out and showed what it means to be an American," Islamic Society of Springfield member Ahmer Siddiqi said. "And that's the most important thing that I think I, myself, my kids, my neighbors who came got from this event."
Speakers included not only local religious leaders, but Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
"I think that was a very powerful message that the clergy, the elected officials, all came together, in support of what was occurring at this mosque," a resident who attended the event said.
Ahsan said she wanted the message of peace to replace a message of hate, and that the actions of ISIS no better represent Islam than the actions of Hitler represent Christianity.