The endless search for hate crimes that will enable Islamic supremacists to portray themselves as victims takes an absurd turn in Ontario: someone taped a cartoon criticizing Qur’an-burning to the door of a mosque, and the poor Muslims inside are traumatized. Imagine the fear that would engulf the Muslim community if someone left a new, pristine copy of the Qur’an and a “Welcome to Our Community” card on the mosque doorstep.
Hamilton Downtown Mosque leaders are saying they are the victims of a hate crime after two copies of a cartoon depicting a caveman dropping a Quran into an open fire were taped to the women’s prayer entrance.
The cartoons, which include the words “primitive man discovers fire,” were found duct-taped to the doors of 96 Wilson St., on Sunday.
The image, an editorial cartoon, was originally published in the Toronto Star in September 2010 as a critique of Florida Pastor Terry Jones” “International Burn a Quran Day.”
“It was an attack on Pastor Terry Jones, calling him a primitive man,” Toronto Star spokesperson Bob Hepburn said Tuesday, adding that it was in no way an attack on Islam.
At the time of publication, the Star did not receive any formal complaints, Hepburn said.
It’s not the original intent, but rather the intention of the culprit that has Imam Sayed Tora concerned. “If a person wants to show support for the Muslim community, there are many other ways to do it,” he said.
Hamilton police spokesperson Catherine Martin said the hate crime unit is investigating whether the incident constitutes a hate crime…and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
The cartoons were discovered by the mosque’s board president, Wahed Al-Jabry, around 4 p.m. as the community prepared for a fast-breaking meal to celebrate the ninth day of Muharram — the first month in the Islamic calendar. Another member found plants around the mosque had been uprooted.
Tora said the board gathered to discuss the incident, before deciding to report it to police Monday. The images and surveillance footage was handed over.
The recording shows a dark, four-door car pull up in the mosque’s west parking lot around 3:45 p.m.. The driver remains in the car, while the passenger — a bald, white man — jumps out and carries what looks to be the two pieces of paper already taped together towards the mosque.
The community is feeling stressed and fearful, Tora said, adding that his own nine-year-old daughter asked him whether the mosque will be attacked.
The mosque cancelled children’s classes and the homework club Monday and Tuesday. After being promised increased police patrol, he said classes may resume soon.
It’s “reasonable to assume” that the perpetrator was not posting the cartoon to support the Muslim community, but rather to support the ideas of Pastor Terry Jones, said Hussein Hamdani, spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Greater Hamilton, of which the Downtown Mosque is a member.
He said the events are particularly disturbing since the mosque just held a well-attended open house.
Most hate crimes against Muslims go unreported, Hamdani said. That’s why it was important for the community to speak out.
The idea that most hate crimes against Muslims go unreported is extremely unlikely. A hypersensitive, haughty group that relentlessly portrays itself as an innocent victim, and hate crimes against it are going to go unreported? I doubt it. This is just an attempt to cover for the inconvenient truth that hate crimes against Muslims are actually infrequent:
And so in order to deflect attention away from jihad activity and try to portray Muslims as victims, so as to shame non-Muslims into not investigating or even being suspicious of further jihad activity, Islamic supremacist groups have resorted to making it up. Hamas-linked CAIR and other Muslims have not hesitated to fabricate “hate crimes.” CAIR and other groups like it want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.