If central Ohio is to be truly accepting and understanding of Muslims, interfaith work must move beyond conversation and into action, advocates said Monday, as they thanked Columbus City Council members for passing a resolution condemning Islamophobia and declaring support for the city's Islamic community.

Among reasons for the resolution were to recognize Columbus as a diverse community, to stand up against anti-Muslim bigotry and to promote laws and policies that value diversity, said Councilman Michael Stinziano.

"We're like a big jigsaw puzzle, and every piece is different, every community is different," added Councilwoman Elizabeth C. Brown. "And we fit together in a beautiful way that creates a full picture of a strong community."

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