After the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, last week, there has been a lot of blowback against Muslims in America. Donald Trump suggested banning all Muslims from entering America temporarily, and several people have even decided to take matters into their own hands.
WITI reported that a department store in Wisconsin was at the center of intense Muslim outcry after a handwritten cardboard sign appeared on the bulletin board of a Woodmans’ store in Oak Creek on Tuesday.
The board was a space for community announcements and advertisements, so anyone could have put the sign there. As soon as the sign was brought to managers’ attention, the department store had it removed.
The sign stated, “Muslim’s, dress, speak, conform to USA standards or don’t come to USA or get out.” The note was signed “The People.”
Whoever “the people” were, they certainly weren’t skilled linguists, that’s for sure.
The sign has drawn more outrage than it normally might because in 2012, just up the road from the store, six people were butchered at a Sikh temple by a white supremacist who eventually did the world a favor and turned a gun on himself.
“It`s just unbelievable. Basically what we`re doing — we are fighting hate with hate, instead of the American ideal which is, let`s fight hate with democracy and equality,” local college student Mai McCarthy told the station.,
“If I had seen it, I would have asked, ‘Why is that up? Why do they have that up?'” another customer said.
While this sign may have been over the line for some, it certainly was within the rights of whoever it to post it on the bulletin board. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech, even speech many people may not like.
Of course, it would be nice to see this level of outrage over things like Muslims butchering Americans in the streets, or American Muslims stating that they would rather live under Shariah law than democracy, rather than their choice of dress.
H/T Mad World News
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