City police say anti-Muslim posters are offensive, but are not a hate crime

Anti-Muslim posters put up at the University of Calgary this week do not contain the language required to pursue a criminal charge under hate propaganda legislation, police say.

Students and staff at U of C were enraged Tuesday after 40 posters were discovered on campus, filled with obscenities and directives to Muslims to keep Sharia law, genital mutilations and beheadings in their “7th century” homeland.

University president Elizabeth Cannon stressed that campus security would be working with police to check surveillance camera footage and examine the possibility of criminal charges.

But according to Sgt. Eric Levesque, hate crimes co-ordinator with the Calgary Police Service, the Crown will not be receiving a recommendation to pursue hate-related charges.

“It is very offensive, that’s true, but if you remove the bad words, the message itself does not contravene Canada’s hate speech laws.”