Church holds rally to show support for KC Muslim community

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OLATHE, Kan. -- A Lenexa-based church organized a rally that brought more than 100 people onto an Olathe street spreading a message of peace.

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church organized this event, to show support for the Kansas City Muslim community. Organizers say specifically, they felt the urge to spread peace after recent misrepresentation made about the Muslim faith.

Church leaders were blown away by the amount of people who showed up to support. About 120 people gathered, signs in hand, with a strong message of unity.

Neighborhood residentstook notice when they heard cars honking in support and saw the people lining the street.

People of various ages, races and religions stood side by side. Remaining silent, they let their signs reading “treat others kindly” and “honk for love” do the talking.

Rally attendee Chad Dumler-Montplaisir said the message is simple.

“Everyone should have love and justice. It's what made America,” Dumler-Montplaisir said.

“Live in harmony and peace, that's what I'm here to show my support for,” Ali Sayad, another attendee, said.

And as they stood together, they say they spread a much larger message. That no matter the beliefs in the religion, one thing remains the same: love and peace always wins.

“The more we educate the more we realize there are common tendencies among all religions. It's living in peace; living in harmony; loving your neighbor,” Sayad said.

“We are great because we work together,” Dumler-Montplaisir added.