In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, discrimination and threats against the U.S. Muslim community have soared. The threats might also increase after Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States.
Local Muslim organizations in the U.S. are very concerned about the recent hateful rhetoric towards their religion. Edward Ahmed Mitchell, a board member for the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta, said that Muslim parents are afraid to send their children to school and women wearing a hijab are afraid to leave their houses.
"What does scare many Muslims is the fact that many people have applauded his idea," Mitchell said to WABE, "that there is a segment of the population in our country that thinks it's OK to treat Islam and Muslims as the other."
In response to the anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta said in a press release that they opened their doors to visitors in the community who may have unanswered questions and concerns about Muslim beliefs.
It seems that opening their doors to the community may have sparked an incredible act of kindness.
Here is that handwritten note:
The note, written by a white atheist woman, strongly supports the congregation's right to practice "their religion in a safe place" and apologizes for any negativity they "may have experienced because of ignorant fear-mongering."
The woman concludes by saying, "where there's hate, there is a great amount of love" and includes a $20 donation.
The group was delighted when they read the generous note.