Ok, maybe no one will read this. Then again some people read stupid stuff all the time and maybe they’ll get around to this before they think about turning their business into a Muslim-Free zone.
Let me clarify a few facts, so you don’t get biased off the get-go.
- I’m of the Christian faith.
- I’m white.
- I’m not racist.
- I’m not religiously zealous to the point of stupidity.
- I know the law.
You can believe numbers one through four or not, but number five is a given. I’m also a business owner, so I’m required to know the laws that govern running a business, especially a small business.
Some of you have seen the video going around; the one where store owner, Andy Hallinan from Florida Gun Supply declares his business a “Muslim-Free Zone.”
If you’ve not seen it and want to, here’s the video:
In support of his idea, another gun-shop owner in New Hampshire declared his gun shop Muslim-Free as well.
Andy’s reasoning, like that of a lot of other Americans wanting to show their solidarity and support for each other, might very be founded in good intentions, but I’d be surprised if he’s open thirty days from now. If American business owners should have learned anything since the 1964 Civil Rights acts, it’s that you are NOT allowed to discriminate based on race or religion. You actually can’t discriminate on a lot of factors, but those two seem to be the most relevant here so I’ll just stick to them for the purpose of this post.
You CAN legally discriminate a number of ways and get around it but blatantly coming out and saying you are preventing an entire religion from taking advantage of your consumer-based business is both stupid for sales and illegal. And no, I’m not going to tell you how to discriminate legally. That’s not the point of this article.
Worse, it’s going to incite others to follow his lead.
It’s Been Done Before, so….
Someone’s going to bring this up so it might as well be me. Yes, there are other businesses that quietly discriminate all the time, like the gun shop in Arizona that has been Muslim-Free, according to their advertising, for the last year. The difference is: They didn’t go on YouTube and scream it out at the world in an attempt to get attention. This guy did. He intentionally went out there and said I’m not racist, don’t believe in racism, oh and by the way I’m forbidding an entire race of people from entering my business.
Wait, is it race or religion?
Technically it’s religion, but to the inbred rednecks that think this is a good idea it might as well be race. They basically mean anyone with a darker-than-normal-for-Florida-tan that doesn’t appear to be chicken-fried or Cuban. Turban? No service. Dishdasha? No service. Hijab? No service. Open-toed-sandals with a very Jesus-like look to them, yet you don’t appear to be a hippie and don’t smell like patouli? No service.
Most Americans wouldn’t know a Muslim from a hole in the wall except for the ones you’d expect to see that are fairly obvious. Chances are if your friend is from Egypt, he’s Muslim. If he’s from Afghanistan, he’s more than likely Muslim. How about John Boy that converted that shows up in cowboy boots and Wranglers? You’d never know he’s Muslim because it’s a religion, not a race, though people more often than not get the two confused and persecute both the religious AND the olive-skinned with the same brush.
I’m going to assume that Andy Hallinan is a 28 year old with a good heart and not much of a head on his shoulders for business. Because of that I hope the Council of American Islamic Relations chooses to go soft on him and not end his business career forever. Maybe he’ll just get smart, make another video, recant his former video, and then say he came to his senses. Then again, look at the nation we live in. He goes so far as to say something along the line of “as a gun dealer I can refuse service to anyone for any reason.”
Umm, no dumbass. You. Can. Not. Period.
You can not, regardless of the consumer-business you’re in, refuse them service for their gender, race, religion, sexual preference, political ideology, physical handicap limitations, or a whole host of other reasons. Have you not actually watched the news lately dude? Seriously?
- Samantha Elauf v Abercrombie and Fitch 2013
- Grutter v Bollinger 2003
- Peggy Young v UPS 2006
- EEOC V Autozone 2012
- Malak Kazan v Detroit Police Dept 2015
- Souhair Khatib v Orange County Sheriff’s Dept 2007
There are thousands of lawsuits based on this, and the business never wins. I wont even go into all the racial lawsuits that could be brought up. Any Google search should convince you that it’s a losing argument on that end.
Patriot or Supremacist?
It’s funny. If you watch his video he talks about how he’s not racist and explains his view of the Confederate battle flag, which I intend to look up for validity later on. (Note to self) But what he’s really doing is stirring the pot though I doubt he was smart enough to consider that when he made his video.
Congratulations Andy, the KKK is probably using you as a rallying cry right now. Kill the towel-heads. Banish the sand-niggers back to the desert! *someone go get me a pillow case and some kerosene for this cross* I bet the local chapter will even send you a medallion in the mail.
In a completely misguided attempt to show American Pride you’ve instead created yet another rift in our country that is going to have the possibility for political fallout. Good job, douche canoe! *hands over a paddle*
Best case scenario; he’ll be sued and lose and it will be forgotten.
Worst case scenario; He’ll be sued, and lose, and a bunch of rednecks will get their fruit of the looms in a twist, start standing outside gun shops, a Muslim organized rally will happen the same day, and there’s blood on the streets of Inverness, Florida. Either way, way to go dude.
The long and short of it: You can’t legally refuse service to an entire culture/race/religion here in the United States of America.
Ok, I was done, but I changed my mind and decided to post this edit.
This is AMERICA, where we’re all supposed to be equal. Yes, we’ve had an incident we all agree should be called a “terrorist” event. Funny thing about that; pre-September 11, that would have been called a “massacre” instead of an act of terrorism. I actually remember the news stories about a “killing” becoming a “massacre” when it crosses a certain number of bodies. It was considered “ok” to call it a Massacre for headlines if there were five or more bodies. Anything less than five was simply a spree, or a murder. But that’s another story. Today it’s terrorism.
I’m just curious here, and I’d love an informed opinion:
Why is one white kid killing nine people a race crime and one tan kid killing five people of various ethnic backgrounds terrorism? Seriously?
Today, in 2015, when ONE person does something, it’s an act of terrorism committed by an entire race/religion of people? That’s not what America is about. We’re about expanding our liberties to those that come to our country. Choosing to remain Muslim does NOT invalidate one’s status as an American anymore than choosing to be Christian does. My belief in God makes me American? If so we’d better open our borders and citizenship to a ton of people across a lot of continents. I know many peace-loving folks of Arabic descent that would love to have the chance to live here and become Americans. That doesn’t mean they’d give up their religion and become baptist!
Two weeks ago we were screaming that ONE white kid posing with a confederate flag before killing nine people wasn’t a reason to incite a race war. Now guys like this are doing the same thing and they consider it justified because one dude was off his rocker and happened to be Muslim?
Now, can you blame ISIS? No one knows yet for sure. I’m sure that will come out in the end, and when it does we’ll know who to rail against. And if it DOES turn out to be ISIS-supported, then we still don’t have cause to hate an entire culture for it. Come on people. Have you read history books? Do you have any idea whatsoever who Adolf Hitler was? Your actions are a little Nazi-eqsue if you really think about it.