More than 24,000 people, including 7,000 clergy members, signed a letter in support of American Muslim communities. The letter, which was organized by the Presbyterian Church-affiliated Auburn Seminary, New York City, was hand-delivered to leaders at the Muslim Community Network in New York City on Christmas Eve, which also happened to be the prophet Muhammad’s birthday. The letter promises to build a “circle of protection” to defend American Muslims from hate and violence. It will also be distributed to Muslim communities in Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando and San Francisco.

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