Elyazid Benferhat and a friend pulled together a group of Muslim men who stood guard outside their town cathedral in a display of solidarity with Catholics during All Saint's weekend. This protective gesture was in response to the deadly Islamic extremist attacks happening in France. Not only was Benferhat disheartened by the attacks on his fellow French citizens, they reinforce a stigma associated with French Muslims who have nothing to do with nor support the acts of violence. The small town gesture has received national attention, and Benferhat's group is considering "how to take the idea forward," the Associated Press reports. They'd "like to do it again for Christmas, and for other towns.... Whatever [Benferhat] does next, he says, 'it will come from the heart'.”

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