At Western University, a social media post supporting the fight against homophobia included an illustration of two Muslim women in hijabs about to kiss, sparking a backlash, so widespread in the Muslim community, that school officials were forced to delete the post. (Something you know they NEVER would do for any other group. Just the opposite, the community would be viciously maligned by the university)
London Free Press (h/t Marvin W) The image, posted on the school’s Instagram account Tuesday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, was met with a firestorm of criticism from Muslims who were offended by the imagery.
They said the post was “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” because the hijab, an Islamic veil, has religious and spiritual connotations. Wrote one person: “Shame on you Western for such an insulting mockery post to my religion.”
In response, school officials initially appeared to stand behind the poster, noting they understood “how complex and intersectional this topic is” and that the “imagery may be upsetting to some Muslims.”
But on Wednesday, a Western official who oversees equity, diversity and inclusion issued a statement noting the image had been removed. (I guess he was afraid he could become the victim of a Muslim seeking revenge as happened to a French schoolteacher who insulted Islam in the classroom)
“We believe this presents an opportunity for genuine, thoughtful discussion about how we can best support members of the Queer Muslim community, and those from all faiths and backgrounds within the 2SLGBTQ+ community,” said Opiyo Oloya.
“In order to promote that discussion, we have removed the image from the post to not distract from these important conversations.”
One Muslim community leader, Iman Abd Alfatah Twakkal, said the London Muslim community was drafting a response to the images, which he called “inappropriate.” “We respect the human rights of everyone as protected under Ontario’s human rights bill,” he said. “While we appreciate that the intent is to promote inclusion the poster is doing the opposite . . . singling a Muslim religious symbol in that setting is inappropriate.”
“What is portrayed is extremely disrespectful, insensitive and completely imperceptive to the Muslim community at large.”