A Minnesota man believes he is not doing anything wrong by putting up a sign outside his restaurant that reads “Muslims Get Out.”
Dan Ruedinger, the owner of Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, reportedly posted the controversial sign to express solidarity with the victims of a suspected terror attack that occurred nearly 100 miles away at St. Cloud mall on Sept. 17.
Ten people were injured by 22-year-old Dahir Adan, a Somali Minnesotan who was allegedly branded a “soldier of the Islamic State” by the terrorist organization.
“It’s time that people started standing up, not worrying about the PC crowd and do what is right,” Ruedinger told local news channels.
The restaurateur received a barrage of criticism, but he said he wasn’t worried because his business is booming. In fact, it’s doing so well he had to call in “three extra workers.”
Despite condemnation from many of his customers as well as advocacy groups over the racist sign, Ruedinger insists there’s nothing wrong with it.
“And I feel what we’re doing is right. We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists. And that’s all I can say. It’s my right and I’m going to stand up, and I wish more people would do it,” he added.
His defense would have made sense, however, the sign clearly orders Muslims to stay out of the restaurant. Even if one considers Ruedinger’s justification for argument’s sake, it is still discriminatory to use the term Muslims for Muslim extremists because there is a huge difference between the two.
The sign tars all Muslims with the same brush.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota hopes to meet Ruedinger to see if he changes his mind about his message.
“Our experience has shown that interaction with ordinary American Muslims and enhanced knowledge of Islam are key factors in the reduction of Islamophobic attitudes,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN, told the Star Tribune.