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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Muslim groups raising money to repair destroyed black churches
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)
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)
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)
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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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