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A confrontation at Canada’s oldest mosque is a chance to move beyond “thoughts and prayers” to find constructive ways to combat violence, according to a University of Alberta political scientist.
Earlier this month, the Organization for the Prevention of Violence released a report delving into an incident late last January, when five members of an anti-Islamic group staked out the Al-Rashid mosque during Friday prayers, taunting and insulting worshippers in the hopes of provoking a reaction.RELATED: Class project questions racist assumptions that can lead to violence
While the incident didn’t result in violence, John McCoy said that members of an extremist group entering a place of worship was an unusual escalation and use of intimidation tactics.
“This is not a tragedy on the kind of scale we see with the massive sh...