A Facebook page inviting people to walk their dogs outside an east-Toronto mosque is becoming a hotbed of hostility.
Facebook administrators removed a posting from the he “Walk Your Dog at Mosque” webpage early Monday that threatened to throw attending dog owners in a “lake of fire” and shoot their beloved pooches on the spot.
Posted by Ali Shirazi, who identified himself as an Iranian-born resident of Toronto, it threatened all dog owners who plan to attend the Sept. 14 event at the Salahuddin mosque and community centre in the Kennedy Rd.-Eglinton Ave. E. area
The Facebook page emerged in the wake of the Al-Quds Islamic rally held at Queen’s Park just over a week ago. The yearly anti-Israel demonstration, started by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, was also attended by counter protestors, one of whom was a Jewish man who brought his 160-pound English Mastiff.
Allan Einstoss was arrested by police after getting into a scuffle when he was told by Muslim demonstrators to keep his dog away. His dog, Cupcake, was also kicked by at least on demonstrator.
Some devout Muslims believe dogs to be unclean and vehemently avoid them.
“I’ll tie you all up and throw you all in a lake of fire if you show up at the Salahuddin mosque … every dog will be shot on (the) spot,” wrote Shirazi.