Omar Suleiman | KERA News

Omar Suleiman

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A string of recent incidents, from bomb threats at Jewish community centers to armed protests in front of mosques to shootings of unarmed black men, has gotten a group of faith leaders in North Texas to take action.

They're working to start conversations and build understanding between different faiths across Dallas-Fort Worth.

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In the weeks prior to the shooting attack in Garland, Texas, over the weekend, Omar Suleiman had heard that an anti-Muslim group was coming to town to sponsor a “Muhammad cartoon contest.” It was guaranteed to offend.

But Suleiman, along with other Muslim leaders from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, urged his fellow Muslims not to make a stink. Don't go protest, they said. Just ignore it.

And that’s what they did.