Row erupts over ‘Muslim-free zone’
Jan Morgan, above, owner of the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has infuriated an Islamic civil rights group by declaring her business a ‘Muslim-free zone’.
Morgan is quoted here as saying:
This is not a coffee and donut shop. This is a live fire indoor shooting range … Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?
Morgan, who says she has “read and studied” the Koran thoroughly:
Found 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam.
People who shoot at my range come from all religious backgrounds. I do not care about their religious beliefs until or unless those beliefs command them to commit violent crimes against innocent people and I witness those crimes increasing, as we all have lately.
I understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. I also believe there are as many Muslims who do not know what is in their Koran as there are Christians who do not know what is in their Bible. Since I have no way of discerning which Muslims will or will not kill in the name of their religion and the commands in their Koran, I choose to err on the side of caution for the safety of my patrons.
In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder, Jenifer Wicks, a lawyer for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), writes that the ban is:
A violation of federal laws prohibiting racial and religious discrimination [and] will inevitably result in a hostile environment for ordinary Muslims in Arkansas.
Wicks added that Morgan:
Appears to be misinterpreting the advice given to her and refusing service to all Muslims, which cannot be a correct interpretation of compliance with federal gun laws and the US Constitution.
Morgan — who says she has received death threats from Muslims in the past — used the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Fort Hood massacre, and a recent beheading at an Oklahoma food distribution center to justify her ban.
This is more than enough loss of life on my home soil at the hands of Muslims to substantiate my position that Muslims can and may follow the directives in their Koran and kill here at home.
CAIR sent copies of its letter to, among others, the Governor of Arkansas, and US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Morgan responded on her Facebook page:
It’s easy for CAIR to bully and threaten average American citizens like me who have a business to lose and a life to destroy. It’s what they do. We are the easy targets. I’ve been a target of Islamist threats for five years … fully expecting at any time one of them to follow through with the threat. I may go down for speaking the truth about Islam … I may lose everything I have, (which isn’t much) but they can’t take my integrity … This is a mountain I’m willing to die on.
Last year it was reported here that, in an effort to protect followers of Islam in the US the Department of Justice (DOJ) warned against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.
The move came a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a US Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the DOJ was dedicated to protecting them. Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organisation – – Muslim Advocates that the “us versus them” environment created by the US Government, law enforcement agents and fellow citizens was unacceptable and inconsistent with what America is all about.
Muslims and Arab Americans have helped build and strengthen our nation.
He added that he was “grateful” to have Muslims as a partner in promoting tolerance, ensuring public safety and protecting civil rights. He also vowed to strengthen “crucial dialogue” between Muslim and Arab-American communities and law enforcement.
Hat tip: M A Chohan.