BLOOMFIELD TWP. — This morning, a Bloomfield Township church facing outrage for the scheduling of two Islamophobic, anti-Muslim events announced they were cancelled. In response, state Reps. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) and Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who were the first among many of the local and elected leaders speaking out against the events, issued the following statement:


“The cancellation of these events is in the best interest of everyone in our communities and state. Hatred and intolerance have no place in America, and this latest development shows the importance of calling out hate when we see it. Instead of using diversity as a reason to divide us, we welcome the opportunity to recommit ourselves to fostering dialogue and greater understanding with one another to build a stronger, safer, more tolerant community. We remain optimistic that our communities can move beyond this toward a more united and welcoming Michigan.”