Muslim groups raising money to repair destroyed black churches

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Muslim Groups Raising Money To Repair Destroyed Black Churches


Muslim groups are banding together across the country to help repair the many predominantly black churches that were destroyed by fire in recent weeks.

Not long after the deadly shooting that claimed nine lives at a historic black church in Charleston, other black churches throughout the south were burned to the ground.

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A charred Bible page is seen outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, inGreeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: Only the brick walls remain standing at the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: People meet near the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: People pray near the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: An investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms walks through the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division sift through ashes and charred debris inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: A sign stands in front of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: An investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms walks through the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigator examines the charred remains of a door outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Ashes lie by a cornerstone outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, but authorities said arson is not the cause. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1: A sign stands in front of the burned Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C., which caught fire Tuesday. The African-American church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
An investigator examines the remains of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division examine the remains of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Debris cling to a cross affixed to the side of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Smoke rises from Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church in Greeleyville, S.C., which caught fire Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The African-American church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Charred remains inside the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church are illuminated early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Fire investigators speak outside of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
Smoke rises from the charred remains pf Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church are illuminated early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
A firefighter examines the remains of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Fire investigators speak outside of the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)

Members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division talk as they examine the remains of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire late Tuesday night. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
A firefighter's jacket and helmet sit on a marker outside Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, early Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Greeleyville, S.C. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995, caught fire Tuesday night, June 30, 2015. (Veasey Conway/The Morning News via AP)
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A LaunchGood campaign designed to rebuild these churches was created by members of the Muslim-American community and the fundraising effort is gaining huge momentum. They've already passed their 30K goal.

"We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities," The LaunchGood page reads, in part. "We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country."

Of the eight churches that caught fire, The Washington Post reports that at least three of them are being investigated for arson. A recent report from the FBI cites lightning as a possible caught for one in South Carolina -- but some people are skeptical.
One user took to Twitter in response writing: "serial arsonists are destroying Black Churches in their terror plots and the FBI blames lightening. unreal."



The hashtags #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches and #BlackChurchesBurning are trending across social media users are overwhelmingly upset by, not only the violence, but what they consider a disappointing response from the public.
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