A Store Owner Posts a Sign ‘No Muslims Inside’
Islamophobia is embedded in our culture from pundits and bloggers constantly spewing hatred. This phobia trickles down to the normal, hardworking citizens who believe that this phobia, which is a hatred, is part of the norms.
The fuss over a sign in Alabama at an electronics store reading “BBQ PORK RESTURANT (sic) IS SAFEST NO MUSLIMS INSIDE” shocked its longtime owner who said he doesn’t understand why it’s such a big deal.
Electronic Repair Company owner Chuck Biddinger, who put up the sign last week, said he meant the message as a joke. After all, he said, it wasn’t even the most offensive one he had ever posted.
That award goes to a sign he posted last May that read “A dog is wiser than a woman – it does not bark at its master,” earned heat from domestic violence groups in Alabama.
“The women’s groups went ballistic,” he told the Daily News when he picked up the phone at his East Lake, Ala., shop.
Biddinger said to pacify them he put a public service announcement urging victims of domestic violence to call a hotline.
But he said this sign, which has garnered national attention, has gotten more positive reaction than negative – and he has no plans to apologize to anyone offended.
“I have gotten a few complaints about it, but for every one complaint about it I’ve had, 10 people tell me that they like it and support it,” he said.
He told local television station ABC 33/40 that while it was meant as a lighthearted joke, it was true.
“Muslims do not eat pork,” he told the television station. “It’s a known fact that Muslims have tried to commit crimes in this country.”
On Friday, Biddinger said he planned to take the sign down sometime soon, but hadn’t quite had the time to do it – and was still looking for something equally eye-catching. Signs outside his shop are changed every week, usually with jokes he receives via email chains.
Many of them are not politically correct. But the coverage of this one, he said, has been unbelievable.
“I never thought about that until it got picked up on the Internet and it went totally viral when I put this sign up,” he said.
When asked by The News if he understood why this sign might have gotten more attention than other racist or sexist signs he may have posted, he replied, “No, ma’am.”
After all, he said, he wasn’t worried about people’s feelings.
“For the local area, if I offend a few Muslims, there will be a lot of people who support it,” he said.
Not to mention, all the coverage of his repair shop from the sign is good for business.
“I believe it’s a positive,” he said.
People interviewed by ABC 33/40 agreed, laughing at the words on the sign when a reporter showed it to them.
“I think it’s hilarious to me that they would feel that way,” one man said. “But I’m not offended about it at all.”
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