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October Film Discussion: An American Mosque

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The West Linn Alliance and the West Linn Public Library are hosting an October discussion on the film An American Mosque (filmmaker David Washburn). The group will meet on October 28th at 7:00 pm for a virtual discussion. The format for the evening will be small group discussions and the topics will be centered on religious intolerance.

You can RSVP and register for the discussion group at:


The following link is to the film on the Library’s Kanopy system:


We also recommend reading the short Smithsonian article America’s True History of Religious Tolerance

An American Mosque is a timely documentary about religious freedom and the struggle against intolerance set in a rural California town.  Sparked by the destruction of a mosque, we witness how a farming community responds to hate through painful but ultimately positive discussions about the perception of Islam in America and our responsibility to defend everyone’s constitutional right to worship.

When the Islamic Center of Yuba City was burned to the ground in 1994, it became the first hate-crime to destroy a mosque in U.S. history.  On a warm summer night, arsonists broke into the newly-constructed sanctuary, doused prayer rugs with gasoline, then lit the building ablaze. The mosque was reduced to ashes. In shock, everyone asked: Why would someone attack a community’s house of worship?  For the first time in An American Mosque, the film’s characters share their stories – speaking passionately about hard work and anticipation, heartbreak and fear, triumph and hope. Members of other faiths echo their words, expressing compassion, support, and a shared desire for justice in the wake of the arson. Although deeply saddened, the community’s spirit was not shaken. They wanted to show that all Americans, including Muslims, are entitled to a religious sanctuary and the right to practice their faith openly. The community re-doubled their efforts and constructed a second mosque in the footprint of the first. This story went largely unpublicized at the time of the fire.  Now, twenty years later, it is being widely shared for the first time.



October 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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