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CAIR-Florida Holds a Candlelight Vigil To Honor the 49 Lives Lost in New Zealand Attack

By MyPanhandle.Com, For MyPanhandle.com, On 17 March 2019, Read Original
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Here in Bay County, locals are honoring the lives lost in the New Zealand attack. CAIR-Florida, the Council on American Islamic Relations, held a candlelight vigil in memory of those killed. Attendees of all faiths were in attendance and were encouraged to share their feelings about the shooting. After the vigil, organizers asked everyone present to mingle and meet someone new to help break down stereotypes or prejudices because learning acceptance of others is the only way to stop the cycle of terrorism. "Terrorism is an ideology, it does not have a religion, it does not stem from any background or country. It's an ideology that spews hate and ignorance and bigotry and aims to divide people," said Hiba Rahim, the CAIR-Florida Northwest Regional Coordinator. Organizers say they are heartbroken over this attack but are no more upset than other similar attacks against those of other faiths.