Muslims in the US have been offered support from an unlikely source – Satanist organisation The Satanic Temple.
The Minneapolis and San Jose branches of the national organisation posted to their website and Facebook pages offering to protect local Muslims who might be experiencing backlash after last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.
The Minneapolis chapter’s Facebook post read:
If there is anyone in the Minneapolis area who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence – just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily accompany you so you can get some groceries.
Since the offer was posted on Wednesday, it has been shared more than 2,700 times.
In San Jose, the Satanic Temple have also extended their offer to followers of Sikhism, and both chapters have received a great deal of support and appreciation from both Muslims and others with some people even asking to join the Satanists so they can volunteer.
The group seem to be slightly surprised by the attention they have received however as yet no Muslims have asked the groups for help.
In a statement to the International Business Times, Curt Landsman from the Minneapolis chapter said: “We are happy to be of service to our community. Unfortunately, we’ve had no takers as of yet.”