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Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:19 am

Editor’s note 12/17/15

 Through the pouring rain Sunday evening people came and kept coming by the hundreds to the mosque of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield. The event was billed as an interfaith peace vigil and speakers from many religious faiths and several elected officials expressed solidarity with the Muslim community in the wake of verbal attacks by some Republican presidential candidates. Children from the mosque handed out small American flags then led the singing of the national anthem, emphasizing their patriotic loyalty, but they had nothing to prove to this crowd. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin spoke for everybody when he said, “We embrace our Muslim brothers and sisters as part of the American family.” The next day, speaking on the Senate floor, Durbin described the huge outpouring of support for Muslims in Springfield, “a typical Midwestern city,” as a reflection of the region’s values. “It is interesting,” he said, “when the Midwest draws us together in the right way.” –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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