A Minnesota restaurant owner who put the words “Muslims get out” on a roadside sign insists his message is not racist, despite the backlash it’s received.
Protesters descended on Treats Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor in Lonsdale Monday night after a weekend of terror saw stabbings at a mall in St. Cloud and bombings in New York and New Jersey, WKYC.com reported.
But the restaurant owner, identified only as Dan, believes people are “taking it the wrong way,” regarding the message on the sign.
“I didn’t want to put ‘terrorist’ on the board, so we were going to put ‘Muslim extremist,’ but we didn’t have room on the board,” he told Fox9.com. “People started taking it the wrong way and thinking we were against Muslims in general and we’re not, quite the opposite. We are not racist.”
"I am not talking about the Muslim population in general," he told WKYC.com. "I am talking about the Muslim extremists. I am sure there are far more good Muslims than there are bad, just like there is with any other race."
The suspect in the St. Cloud stabbing was praised by an ISIS-linked news outlet as a "soldier of the Islamic State," according to CNN, and investigators are still probing whether New York bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami had any direct ties to terror organizations.
As for Dan's sign, it stays for now. Lonsdale Mayor Tim Rud doesn't approve of the message, but said it is "in compliance with city ordinances," and he respects the business owner's right to free speech, WKYC.com reported.
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