FLEMINGTON, NJ – Everyone is welcome.
That’s the message being sent by the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County, which is hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center, which is located at 1 East Main Street here.
The event is an opportunity for residents to meet their Muslim neighbors, ask questions and learn about the role the Center plays in the community.
The event follows the outcry that erupted after Raritan Township Committeeman Lou Reiner posted an inflammatory meme to Facebook last month comparing the faith to a cancer. Reiner later apologized, but he resigned his position as Deputy Mayor.
At the Township Committee meeting where the resignation was announced, a stream of residents spoke both in support and in opposition to Reiner.
For its part, the Committee censured Reiner and asked for his resignation from the five-member governing body for what it called his “derogatory, discriminatory, and offensive public statements.”
Township Committee member Karen Gilbert said Reiner’s remarks didn’t reflect the community. What “we’re really about,” she said, “is being together, and working together, (and) volunteer organizations supporting each other.”