WINCHESTER, Mass. — A slew of controversial signs posted across one local town has been drawing more confusion than outrage.
In Winchester, signs that read "Islam was RIGHT about women" has residents scratching their heads to figure out exactly what the poster meant by those words.
Winchester Police and upset residents spent a good part of their Wednesday afternoon removing signs from several poles across the town.
While offensive to some, police said that, while it's technically illegal to post anything on a street sign, it's a tough law to enforce. Due to freedom of speech and because the signs in question aren't threatening, police say it's like posting a sign about a lost cat.
"I assume it's negative," said Dorothy Kruger, a resident. "That's not cool, that's not a cool thing to do."
Police said they received multiple calls about the signs, but since they removed them, no other signs have popped up. Nevertheless, authorities are still investigating the incident.
"I think somebody just wanted this to happen right?" said Stacey Irizarry. "To get some kind of response. The sign itself is confusing it is subject to interpretation."
While many say they are offended and bothered by the signs, others say they don't really know how to feel about them since the signs don't make a lot of sense.
"I really don't know because everybody has their own opinion and I respect it," said Syeda Tahsina Mahmud, who is Muslim. "Everybody's entitled to say whatever they want."
"What is the intent behind it and what are we trying to prove by putting it on this pole so ambiguously," said Shakeelur Rahman, the Imam of the Islamic Center of Burlington. "There is not a lot of clarity in it. I hope the person was trying to encourage people to look it up maybe or research it."
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