Islamophobia in Canada: Quebec mosque vandalized with possible pig blood
- Quebec mosque vandalized with possible pig blood
Muslim group claims link between what police call a 'heinous act' and proposed secular charter
CBC News Posted: Sep 2, 2013 9:46 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 2, 2013 2:07 PM ET
Police in Quebec's Saguenay region are investigating after a mosque in Chicoutimi was sprayed with what appears to be pig's blood.
Mosque officials have not filed a complaint, but police called the incident “a heinous act.”
Moustafa Elayouby, who is in charge of the mosque, called Mosquée de Saguenay, said he does not believe Quebec should be judged by this individual act.
“It doesn’t even deserve a response,” said Elayouby.
No one has claimed responsibility for the vandalism, but a letter was left at the mosque, denouncing Islam and telling supporters to “assimilate or go home.”
“This mosque has been baptized with fresh pig's blood from Quebec,” said a copy of the letter sent to Radio-Canada in the Saguenay region.
Police said they have not yet analyzed the red liquid found on the mosque and letters to determine whether it is, in fact, blood.
This incident comes at a time where the Quebec government is introducing a controversial secular charter, which would ban the wearing of hijabs and other religious clothing and symbols.
Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, said he is certain there is a link between this incident and the political climate surrounding the proposed charter.
“Clearly the government of Quebec is intending to deny a segment of Quebecers their human right of their expression of religion, either by their dress or their expression of values,” Majzoub told CBC’s Daybreak Montreal. “This comes as no surprise to us and we are even expecting the worst.”
Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay said he believes this was an isolated act committed by “fanatics,” and not representative of his community.
Tremblay said he believes the vandals may be using these public religious debates as an opportunity to get attention.
“With the discussion we will have all over in Quebec in the next months, maybe you will see many things like that. It can be dangerous."
It's not the first time something like this has happened in the Saguenay. In February, someone distributed hate-filled pamphlets aimed at religious minorities.
Hate crimes unit called in to investigate graffiti on Guelph mosque
Published Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:13AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:38PM EST
Guelph police have their hate crimes unit investigating after racial graffiti was discovered on a mosque.
Numerous spray-painted graffiti markings were discovered on the outside of the Guelph Muslim Society’s mosque at 286 Water Street early Wednesday.
The graffiti was painted between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.
It contained derogatory references to Muslims along with inflammatory and threatening language.
“There are some comments specifically about the faith, about the religion,” said Guelph Muslim Society president Muhammed Sayyed.
“It’s not something like a random act.”
Police say the incident goes beyond simple mischief, which is why a specialized unit was brought in to investigate.
“Due to … the type of information that was put on those walls, we’re moving it upstairs to our hate crimes unit,” said Const. Mike Gatto.
Sayyed says much of the vandalism was quickly cleaned up because the society doesn’t want people, especially children, to have to look at it.
A security camera outside the mosque was able to capture two suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-824-1212.
Michael Coren's unscripted & uncensored response to a Muslim call to prayer (Adhan)
Published on 21 Dec 2012
The audio track you hear was played in studio, this is his genuine response. The edit at the 7 second mark is simply to make the clip shorter, all that is missing is the beginning of face-making, the tail end of which you see before he mimes the firing of a gun. Note that the adhan skips in time with the edit.