Defaced Islamophobia forum posters on U of U campus investigated as hate crime

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SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah police is investigating a hate crime on campus after several posters advertising a forum to discuss Islamophobia were found vandalized with hate messages.

The posters, hanging in OSH, were found defaced Friday afternoon. They advertised an event that took place April 6 discussing Islamophobia and bigotry in America fueled by 2016 the presidential race.

“We really don’t know who the vandal was, it very well could have been someone not associated with this campus,” university spokeswoman Maria O’Mara.

The University of Utah says they pride themselves on being a place for free, open thinking, but this vandalism was a cowardly way to go about it.

“Nothing that this person did is in any way reflective of our values as an institution and frankly, I think of American values of religious freedom of expression,” O’Mara said.

Some messages found the posters read: Islam means death to the west.

“Vandalism isn’t an easy crime to solve, but we’ve turned the case over to University Police, and they’re investigating it now,” Mara said.

Students were disappointed by the act, saying it’s the kind of intolerance they wouldn’t expect to find on a university campus.


  • liberalssuck

    A hate crime,give me a ******** break..Only of the offender is white right?
    If that was any other type of poster that said allah akbarf,NOTHING would be said.

    • Dean Winchester

      Crimes are inherently crimes. There is no such thing as a hate crime. It is not illegal to be against any group of people. You just have to act right or it’s a crime. If you hurt someone or their property: crime. Everyone hates whatever group they would like but if you commit a crime, that’s a crime.

      • analogismos

        you keep using that word, crime, but i don’t think it means what you think it means.
        If it is against the written law to target a specific group, then it is, by definition, illegal.

      • Dean Winchester

        Yeah right Anal Log, the power structure constantly targets specific groups constantly. They just have to be the ones the Government-Media complex says are okay to hate and target.

      • analogismos

        @ Dean Winchester, If making juvenile comments about my wordpress ID and tinfoil-hatter hand-waving are your strongest argument, you may want to rethink your position.

  • Dean Winchester

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    • Adam

      Vandalism or free speech? How do we know this isn’t a non violent, peaceful protest against islamic emigration or like some good ole’ fashioned Civil Disobedience? No one is hurt, “this isn’t the kind of thing you expect at a university.” This generation is such of bunch of weenies, think they’re getting bullied if someone else has a different opinion..

  • bob

    We can argue whether nor not this VANDALISM (which IS a crime) is an expression of “hate” or merely a self-evident statement of fact, but to equate this with cross burning is a bit much. “Hate Crime” laws were inevitably going to be used for political purposes. No surprise it happens on a liberal college campus.

    ALL laws end up being abused when they’re inevitably used beyond their original scope.

  • Jeff Krogue

    Phobia – an abnormal intense and irrational fear

    It seems to me there have been enough people killed in the name of Islam that being a little nervous is not irrational.

  • Francis DeFranco

    Poster embellisher’s big mistake? Failing to apply for an NEA grant before offering their free expression.

    Orthodox free speech clergy on campus will NEVER forgive that heresy!

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