Amidst the negativity, there has been a noticeable support from people who want to draw a bridge between terrorism and religion. The response from Muslims and others was swift and widespread. Multiple hashtags like #TerrorismHasNoReligion, #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist and #NotInMyName sprang up as people pointed out that the actions of a few could not define an entire faith.
One such instance of receiving support from the community is when a Naperville school teacher wrote a letter to the Islamic Center of Naperville. Matt Sniadecki, a teacher and coach in Naperville203, stating, “I have had nothing but inspirational stories about my students and athletes who are associated with Islam. I have had cross country runners fast all day and then run miles and miles, faithful to religion, school, team and self. As a Catholic, I want to express a personal outreach as well, wishing you support in this extremely hostile environment. I don’t know if any students of mine are a part of the Islamic Center to let them know of my support, but rest assured at school at Jefferson, the kids will be taken care of, treated well, and protected as they should be everywhere. Faith should be universal. Take care.”