At Oklahoma City University, dhimmi students, faculty, and even the university’s President, Robert Henry, boldly signed a document and a big poster declaring their solidarity with Muslims in Oklahoma before putting on the bright green button that said “Friend to our Muslim neighbors. Salaam, Peace.”
Red Dirt Report The OCU Women’s Interfaith Action Committee members were handing out the buttons at a table in the Student Center Thursday in a spot where many students walk by on the way into the main dining hall.
These actions might surprise people who have only been depending on the mainstream media in Oklahoma for information about what Oklahomans think about Muslims.
For the last five weeks Oklahoma media has been dominated by hostile statements from state legislators and the Oklahoma Republican Party, and even Patriot Pastors of Christian-identified congregations in Oklahoma.
But, it was hardly a thought process for student Sophia Hackney who didn’t even move one step away from the table before pinning on her button after signing. When Hackney was asked what she thought the response would be to her wearing the button, she said, “I think here at OCU a lot of us are super supportive. I think being a far left liberal arts school, we are a little more positive and open-minded.
But once beyond the campus, she isn’t so sure about the response. “From being on Facebook and seeing how people are responding to various media things, it could be viewed in a very negative way,” Hackney said. She does plan on posting a selfie of her wearing the button and hash-tagging it to promote the cause.
The coordinator for this event was student Hannah Lampi who has had some deep feelings for the Muslims in Oklahoma who have been grouped together with terrorists in other countries. Referring to the hateful comments some public figures have made, she said, “It just makes me so angry. “I want people to know that Islam is not a force or scary. They’re not like a scary people.”
Nope, not scary at all.