Provided by Prince William County
The Board of County Supervisors and the Prince William Human Rights Commission express their deep concern for continued acts of violence and hatred along religious and ethnic lines. Following the news of the terrorist attacks on two mosques this morning during Friday prayer in New Zealand, which left 49 people dead, the board and the commission voiced their condemnation.
The Board of County Supervisors and the Human Rights Commission support all those who are affected directly and indirectly by these attacks, which appear to have been carried out by white supremacists who shared videos of the attack and their divisive ideology through social media. Further, they assure Prince William County residents that they will do all in their power to support the rights of citizens to worship and live freely.
“Terrorism is a scourge against humanity,” said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “We send our most heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of these violent acts. We also want to assure the Prince William County community that we stand with you to combat any ideology that supports hatred or violence as we defend your civil and human rights.
Prince William County Police have increased their presence at local mosques to enhance security and to make certain members are able to worship freely. “Our police stand ready to defend our residents against acts of violence,” Stewart said.
The Prince William Human Rights Commission was established by the Board of County Supervisors in 1992 to ensure that each citizen is treated fairly, provided equal protection of the law and equal opportunity to participate in the benefits, rights and privileges of community life.