DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas man who held a sign of support outside a mosque says his “You Belong” message was prompted by hatred directed at Muslims as part of the recent presidential election.
Justin Normand said Wednesday that he stood near the Islamic Center of Irving last weekend because he wanted to do or say something to make it better.
Normand, who works for a sign-making business, produced a version that said: “You Belong. Stay Strong. Be Blessed. We Are One America.” He held the sign last Friday and Saturday, for about 90 minutes each day.
The 53-year-old Normand said he didn’t know anyone at the mosque, but some members who saw his sign thanked him, even offering flowers.
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The Islamic Center of Irving previously has been the target of armed protesters.