SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Muslim leaders in Spotsylvania, Va. who were shouted down with bigoted insults at a public meeting are receiving an outpouring of support.
The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg has been in the community for 27 years. They do plan to go forward with plans for a new Mosque.
Those plans were the subject of a public meeting Tuesday night in Spotsylvania. But that discussion was interrupted when two men went on a rant at the meeting, calling Muslims terrorists.
Letters have been pouring in, apologizing to the Muslim leaders in Spotsylvania for that outburst.
"We have been getting emails, text messages, my phone is beeping all the time [with] people apologizing," Munira Salim Abdalla, chief administrator for the Islamic Ummah of Fredericksburg, said.
The Islamic Center of Fredericksburg has outgrown their building and wants to build a new Mosque nearby on a piece of property that they own.
But as Samer Shalaby, a trustee of the Islamic Center, tried to explain the plans during the meeting, a few people began shouting insults.
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When the shouting would not stop, a sheriff's deputy broke up the meeting.
An editorial in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star called for tempers to cool and said that misplaced anger from the Paris attacks is creating division desired by the terrorists.
The letters have lifted the Muslim community's spirits.
"Basically we're all supposed to be Americans, we all live under the same roof and just because my religious beliefs are different from someone else's doesn't make me any better or worse," Shalaby said.
Abdalla is thankful for the show of support.
"As long as you're alive there's always an opportunity for change," Abdalla said.
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