A few nights ago, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump created an uproar (and received some applause) when he suggested Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. Even without The Donald’s demagoguery, this isn’t an easy period for Muslim Americans. Brutal ISIL terror attacks in Paris last month and last week’s shooting in San Bernardino, California, apparently by Islamic extremists, have generated fear and suspicion of Muslims throughout the Western world–and some of that sentiment has even appeared on Facebook.
Tonight, the social network’s founder posted a message of support to his Muslim, er, followers:
I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.
As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.
This is, it seems, a season of hope for Zuckerberg. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, became parents at the end of last month–and marked the occasion by launching a new philanthropic LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.