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A coalition of Boston-area religious interfaith leaders has held an anti-bigotry rally in support of Muslim Americans.

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Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South Church, said Tuesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse rally that religious leaders couldn’t remain silent against growing anti-Muslim sentiment.

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Rabbi Eric Gurvis of Temple Shalom of Newton said the coalition is standing up for religious freedom.

The Boston rally comes as debate has raged nationally over the placement of a planned Islamic cultural center a couple of blocks from Ground Zero in New York City. In addition, an Islamic center under construction in Tennessee recently fell victim to an arson and a small Florida church is vowing to hold a Sept. 11 burning of the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

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