Jesse Jackson visits Fillmore church to speak against Islamophobia

Rev. Jesse Jackson praying with community members at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Jesse Jackson talking to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Jesse Jackson shaking hands with a representative from the Church of Latter-Day Saints at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The small gathering of people to hear Rev. Jesse Jackson speak at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Amos C. Brown and Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rev. Jesse Jackson and a representative from the Muslim community at the Third Baptist Church on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Civil rights leader and former Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church Friday about the rise in Islamophobia and hatred-fueled violent attacks following the March 15, 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed at least 50 Muslim worshipers.

He was joined by several San Francisco religious leaders to promote unity among worshipers.

The gathering involved discussion about how religion plays into acts of violence. Rev. Amos C. Brown of the Third Baptist Church echoed Rev. Jackson’s condolences for those affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks.

“Religious hate groups target Muslims, gays, just people who are different,” Brown said. “We challenge the American faith community…to be who they claim to be. People of peace, riotousness, morality, and justice.”

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