The University of Calgary says it’s working with police to track down whoever put up dozens of anti-Muslim posters around campus Tuesday morning.
The posters show what appears to be a burning Qur’an, and say Muslims should take their barbaric ways back to their 7th century homelands.
University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon says the posters fly in the face of the school’s inclusive spirit.
“We have a number of programs here that speak to our inclusivity.” says Cannon. “And to see something like this, it’s truly disturbing. It makes me personally very angry.”
Security had ripped down the 40 or so posters in short order. But not before many students saw them. Muslim Students’ Association President Umair Tazeem says it’s disappointing.
“Because it’s not something that we ever expect, right? And it’s not something that we see often.” says Tazeem. “So, you know, whenever we do see it, it’s definitely sad to see, and it’s definitely unfortunate.”
Fourth-year student Lobna Al-wadeiah says “there will always be people like that” but agrees it’s not a reflection of the campus as a whole.
“It was a little bit disheartening because this is our campus, this is our university and you want to feel at home,” she said. “But there’s these little groups of people that feel the need to express their opinions in such extreme ways. But there’s always more calm ways to express your opinions.”
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s troubled by the posters.
“It’s very important for the vast majority of Albertans who I belive join me in being offended by those kinds of posters, those kinds of statements, for all of us, to speak out and say that it is not acceptable.”
This incident comes less than a month after posters targeting Sikhs were posted at the University of Alberta. (ms, Global News, News Talk 770)