However, a different message is now being broadcast in Joplin, a town which just last year demonstrated its strong communal spirit in the wake of a devastating tornado. And it is a stirring message of tolerance and a rejection of hatred, a message that’s being delivered in the form of both communal support and the sudden success of a donation campaign to help rebuild the mosque.
Local religious institutions have stepped forward, showing an outpouring of support and offering communal spaces where citizens can hold an iftar — the meal which breaks the day’s fast during the Ramadan.
But perhaps the most amazing element has been the sudden success of an online fundraising campaign to rebuild Joplin’s mosque. In less than 24 hours (at the time of this writing), nearly $160,000 of the $250,000 needed to rebuild Joplin’s mosque has been pledged, with donations from across the country (and world) continuing to pour in.