As fear of backlash and anti-Muslim sentiment grows in the wake of deadly Paris attacks, a couple in Toronto irked many after placing a board outside their house asking Muslims if they were sorry for the attacks.
“I have one question members of the Muslim community, are you sorry for the slaughter of innocent people by whom represent your religious beliefs?” the sign read.
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The board also had a small box attached to it for “suggestions.”
City News reporter Avery Haines noticed the sign when she was taking her son to hockey practice on Sunday and tweeted a photo of it. Curious as to what motivated the couple to place the sign, Haines spoke to them as well.
“I’m open to someone saying how dare you write that but I’m only asking are you sorry for your brothers,” the woman who had put up the sign said.
“I don’t think it’s hateful, I don’t think it’s racist,” she added.
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So I knocked on the door and asked her about it. (2/3) pic.twitter.com/vufLritf5z— Avery Haines (@avery_haines) November 15, 2015
It wasn't confrontational in the least. I was simply curious about what and how they were feeling. @BlairCrgn— Avery Haines (@avery_haines) November 15, 2015
Others on the social media platform were quick to chime in, with one man posting an article where Muslims had already condemned the attacks whereas others said that the couple had every right to post the sign.
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@CityAvery saying those crazed terrorists represent the Muslim religion is like saying the KKK represent the Christian religion.— George Vallaris (@GVallaris) November 15, 2015
@CityAvery she has the right to post it not a great choice of words but that's her opinion.— Seb T 🇨🇦 Markham 🇮🇹 🌺 🌺 🌺 Lest We Forget! (@sebt88) November 15, 2015
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