The Lichfield businessman behind the proposed new mosque in the city has expressed his concern over comments made about the scheme.
Eastern Eye owner Abdul Salam told the Birmingham Post he was “frightened” by remarks made on social networking site Facebook.
But some residents have now launched an alternative Facebook group backing the mosque plan.
The statement introducing the new group said:
“We should be working towards an inclusive city that welcomes our growing Muslim community. Let’s show some people you don’t have to be prejudiced to live here.”