In an email to the Muslim community at TCU sent on behalf of RSL, Associate Chaplain Britt Luby wrote they are sorry “some individuals and communities choose hate over love and ignorance over understanding.”
The email is in reference to the anonymous flyers circulating in London and online that mark April 3 as “Punish a Muslim Day.” The poster lists a series of increasingly disturbed acts encouraging verbal and physical violence against Muslims.
There has been a flyer circulating on the internet encourage violence against Muslims.
The intention of this flyer is to spread hate, instill fear and recruit others to partake in, Punish a Muslim Day. pic.twitter.com/Qo3mGZNtw8
— zellie (@zellieimani) April 3, 2018
Rafid Patel, the president of TCU Muslim Student Association (MSA), said hateful words like this are upsetting, but are also a learning opportunity.
“The best both TCU MSA and Muslims, in general, can do is meet this with positivity and open arms in an attempt to help those who incite hate understand the true nature of Islam and its community,” he said.
TCU Police Department is also on guard in light of the threats.
Assistant Chief of TCU PD Robert Rangel wrote in an email to TCU 360 that neither his department nor the Fort Worth Police Department has received any reports of threats or harm against Islamic students. However, he said his officers are aware of the situation.
“We are remaining vigilant,” Rangel wrote. “As always we are encouraging community members to remain vigilant and report illegal or suspicious activity to police immediately.”
In an email to TCU 360, Minister to the University Angela Kaufman emphasized that the university accepts students from all backgrounds and faiths.
“We want every single member of our community to believe wholeheartedly that this is a campus where they are welcomed and valued for who they are and not in spite of it,” Kaufman wrote.
Her sentiments echo some of the internet’s responses to the flyers. The hashtag “LoveAMuslimDay” was trending on Twitter with dozens of users expressing sympathy for Islamic citizens.
With “Punish A Muslim Day” prevalent on the internet…it’s time to switch up on them create a movement for peace ✌🏽 #LoveAMuslimDay
— Labib Yasir (@LabibYasir) March 28, 2018
We would like to spread awareness about the hate crime that has been circulating around & hope instead that you participate in Love a Muslim Day. Remember that acting back won’t change the problem of islamaphobia & could further put you in trouble. Stay Safe💜 #LoveAMuslimDay pic.twitter.com/GBIpKD0QJC
— Delta Kappa Delta (@DeltaKappaDelta) April 3, 2018
#LoveAMuslim today. Hug a Muslim today. Engage in meaningful conversation with a Muslim today. Open your hearts to a Muslim today. Now take that love and mutual respect, and spread it to Muslims every day.
— Nabela (@Nabela) April 3, 2018
— Nida Mirza (Zaiffi’s brthday 4 apr❤) (@NidaMirza17) April 3, 2018
If you see any suspicious or illegal activities on campus, TCU Police encourage you to call them at 817-257-7777. For off-campus emergencies, call 911.