Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace police show support for local Muslim community

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Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis spoke at the Dar Alarqam Mosque in Lynnwood to show support for the Muslim community. (Photo submitted by Ihab Bouanani)

In response to the shootings at two mosques that claimed 50 lives in New Zealand on Friday, March 15, local police departments have issued statements to show support for the Muslim communities in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

“Our department condemns all acts of hatred, Islamophobia and persecution based on race, ethnicity and religion,” said Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis in a statement.

Davis and other command staff with the Lynnwood Police Department attended Lynnwood’s Dar Alarqam Mosque afternoon prayer to show support for the Muslim community on Friday.

“To our Muslim community here in Lynnwood —  we stand with you always, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to keep you safe and in making sure you feel safe too,” the statement read.

The police department has reached out to local mosques and Muslim community leaders to stand in solidarity with them during this time, Davis said.

Mountlake Terrace Police Chief Pete Caw also said he has instructed patrol officers to increase their vigilance near the Masjid Umar Al-Farooq mosque in Mountlake Terrace.

“The department has established excellent relationships with the Muslim community in Mountlake Terrace,” he said. “Our thoughts are with the families in New Zealand and around the world who have been affected by this tragedy.”

In addition, the City of Lynnwood’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission released a statement in response to the shooting, vowing to stand with the Muslim community during its time of need.

“Hate has no place in civilized society,” the statement read.

14 COMMENTS

  1. When churches and or Christianity are attacked why is there not the same level of response? Why go out of your way for Muslims but not Christians? Christians are killed and persecuted every day in the world but I guess that doesn’t matter since now so many hold up Islam above the rest. I like to see all the diversity, inclusion, etc. people stand with the Christian community as well.

    • Amen. I don’t hear any pledge of support or protection in light of the mass murder of Christians in Nigeria by Muslims, nor anything when Jews were killed in synagogue. One white supremacist goes on a murderous rampage and they act like its a trend.

  2. Linda, you can pack your Christian/white supremicist attitude in a bag and leave. Every time there is an article here about an event for women or people of color or people of non-Christian faith you share your .02 – and it isn’t worth even that much.

    People died Linda, at their place of worship. Your comments make it worse, and it’s sickening.

  3. Elaine,
    I am entitled to my opinion just as you are entitled to yours. I present a side and an opinion that you don’t like therefore you call me names. Comments such as yours are one reason why there is such turmoil today. Calling people names and being so vicious just makes you look bad and intolerant of an opposing view. FYI- being a Christian does not equal White supremacy.

    • Linda I’m looking at your history of comments. Every time they publish an item about a diversity or equality event you drop a stink bomb. This has been going on for years. You waive a flag of persecuted christian but it’s thin cover for your racist attitude.

    • Linda,

      Yes, you are “entitled” to your opinion, sure. No one is going to kick down your door and drag you off to PC re-education camp. That doesn’t mean your opinion is correct, informed, or compassionate. But you and your entitlement are not free from the consequences of expressing a cold-hearted, small-minded opinion in a public forum.

  4. Daniel,
    I was stating the obvious, one fact being that the media, etc. holds one group of people above another with their reporting, non stop coverage, etc. (and lack of when it comes to others). I see or hear barely a word when churches are desecrated, Christians murdered, Whites attacked or murdered, etc. I know many people these days don’t like facts only feelings but facts don’t care about feelings.

  5. Elaine,
    Every time someone wants to silence a person or shut down the debate, they cry racist or racism. If having a different opinion or viewpoint is so offensive to people then that is on them and not me.

  6. Linda, I can’t say it better than Daniel did above; “But you and your entitlement are not free from the consequences of expressing a cold-hearted, small-minded opinion in a public forum.” My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. If stating facts about the media and its selective outrage is small minded and cold hearted then people are really out of touch with reality.

    • I feel the same way about wasting my time on getting people to see the other side and look at the facts. My time is too valuable to squander on people who civil debate is not an option for them.

  8. Linda,
    We DO see documentation of Christians who are persecuted and murdered — where are you seeing that we don’t? Did you not see this? It’s just one example: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/us/church-attacked-in-charleston-south-carolina.html
    I hardly watch TV or read newspapers, but I was well aware when this bunch of God-fearing, helpful, and kind Christians welcomed someone into their midst, and prayed with him, and then were brutally murdered (many of them) by him. What happened in the mosque in New Zealand was also by a white supremacist…. the same as the murders at the AME church in Charleston, SC. I think your complaining about people not recognizing the attacks on Christians is a little out of proportion — the Charleston murders were HUGE in the media, all over the world. Regardless of where people are murdered for their faith, I think we do see it in the media. My question to you is this: why do *you* think Muslims are being shown ‘favoritism’… or what you choose to call it? I don’t see any here… just the outcry of people who know that murdering others in their place of worship is WRONG. Please, take a moment to think about what you are saying , and how your complaints cheapen your argument. By saying that Muslims have been murdered does not mean that Christians are being ignored. Please look carefully in your heart, and carefully at your words. Please spread peace, and not dissent. And thank you for reading what I have to say.

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