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Outpouring of support for the Islamic Center of Savannah after receiving hate-filled letter

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The Islamic Center of Savannah got one letter of hate but they received many more of love.

These love letters and flowers on the entry gates of the mosque didn't go unnoticed.

"It was great to see some positive things come out of this. The letter came. It was very disturbing to us, but then in response, we got 15 to 20 love letters which are a lot better than one hate letter,” said Imam Mohammad Usmani, with the Islamic Center of Savannah.

There is also a petition circulating, denouncing the hateful, racist letter. The goal of the petition is to unite the community and pledge their love for all people.

"To let people know, we're on your side.  We're going to stand up against these sorts of things when they present themselves,” said Tapestry Church Pastor Andrew Blair. 

"I think the only appropriate response is to stand up and say, 'This is not OK.  This is not OK in Savannah.  We are better than this and we support all of our community members.'" Jenny Woodruff, who signed the petition. "There are other people in this town that are going to stand up for them and stand up for what is right and to stand up for love."

While the hate letter is not forgotten, it is now overshadowed by love letters and the support petition.

"We really appreciate all of the effort, all of the love, all of the support.  It really means a lot to us,” said Usmani.

We know many of the people who are responsible for the love letters but the big question is who was responsible for the hate letter.  The FBI was here again Tuesday morning and they are investigating.

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