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Anti-Muslim Graffiti Controversy at Southern Maine

November 7, 2016
 

Two student senators at the University of Southern Maine have resigned amid criticism of their response to anti-Muslim graffiti found in the student government offices, The Portland Press Herald reported. The graffiti said, “Deus Vult,” a Latin phrase for “God will it.” The phrase was used by Christians during the Crusades and has been used more recently in the United States by anti-Muslim members of the alt-right movement. The two senators who resigned had advocated cleaning up the words and not reporting them. They didn't know that other students had already discovered the phrase and reported it to authorities.

 
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