SUNBURY — A Pennsylvania mosque was recently the target of White Supremacist fliers.
Members of the Sunbury Islamic Center discovered fliers promoting white nationalism on the mosque’s property.
The fliers, which also were found on telephone poles, trees and cars around the city, were removed immediately by police and city officials.
The actions prompted a simple message from Sister Safiyyah Levine, the Sunday school principal of the Sunbury Islamic Center, to those who placed the materials on the mosque.
“We’re not afraid of you,” Levine said. “Our town is loved, and we’re not about hatred. All of these little towns - Lewisburg, and Sunbury and Selinsgrove - none of us are afraid of you.”
Fliers with similar wording were reported in Lewisburg in November, as well as at the University of Iowa, University at Buffalo and University of Texas at Dallas, according to previously published reports.
Some of the messages said: “White people had enough? So have we” and “Lost. White people last seen hating themselves” and “#RefugeesNotWelcome.” Each flier had a link to the same website.
The fliers are a violation of the city code in the section related to “posting restrictions,” according to city code/zoning officer Michael Rhoads.
“No person shall post or affix any notice, poster or other paper or device, calculated to attract the attention of the public, to any lamppost, public utility pole or shade tree, or upon any public structure or building, except as may be authorized or required by law or as may be authorized by City Council,” according to the code book.
Violators must pay a fine totaling between $100 and $300, according to the city code. Anyone caught posting the fliers will be fined, Rhoads said.
“It’s a disgrace,” he said. “They’re littering our community with nonsense. There's no excuse for it whatsoever.”