Protesters clash at Towson University over LGBT rights. (Libby Solomon, Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Muslim organizations are hosting a unity rally Wednesday at Towson University to push back against “hateful rhetoric” after a group from Pennsylvania protested Muslims, gay people and other groups on campus last week.
“It’s important for our communities to be able to say we reject any form of intolerance,” said Zainab Chaudry, director of Maryland outreach for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The rally, set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Freedom Square on campus, will be hosted jointly by CAIR and the university’s Muslim Student Association.
Chaudry said the lineup of speakers is still in the works but that it will include a “diverse lineup of people of different faiths, ethnic communities, the LGBTQIA community, and other people who want to take a strong stand against the bigotry and xenophobia and hateful rhetoric that’s becoming more emboldened in our society.”
The Key of David Christian Center, a self-described nondenominational church north of Philadelphia arrived on campus last week bearing signs declaring “Jesus or hellfire!” and promising hellfire to Muslims, gay people, “drunks,” “witches,” and the Pope, among other groups.