August 9th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
'No Muslim parking' signs spark outrage
From CNN affiliate KPRC
Houston - New signs posted outside a mosque in Spring Branch, Texas, have sparked outrage from Muslims nationwide.
In black letters, the signs reads, "No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed."
The posters lined the street near the El Farouq Mosque, where Muslims heading to worship services said they were were offended.
"I feel sorry for the person who wrote it," Ahmed Hassan told CNN affiliate KPRC. "This is what comes to mind because obviously he has a lot of hate."
"I'm very shocked because we do live in a society that's supposed to be very accepting, and this is what we all preach," said Yara Aboshady. "That we all have the freedom of religion."
The parking signs were mentioned Thursday in an newsletter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslims civil rights group.
In recent years, Muslims have faced protests nationwide when trying to construct new mosques, including in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where mosque opponents have filed an appeal with the state supreme court to block construction.
The El Farouq Mosque sits across the street from the shopping center. Store employees did not want to go on camera for KPCR but did say they get angry when mosque members park in their lot, taking up spots meant for customers.
With the Muslim monthlong fast for the holy month of Ramadan ending and a crowd expected at the mosque, the signs anonymously appeared.
No shopping center employees would admit to posting the signs. One worker said the shopping center owner, Steve Kwon, posted the signs. He denied it.
"I did not put up the signs," Kwon said. After speaking with KPRC, Kwon removed the signs.
Aboshady wondered about the sign writer's true motive.
"It could be no parking for the sake of patrons that come in," Aboshady said. "Or it really could be a prejudice and just a mean thing to say."
She and others still find the signs insensitive and offensive.
"It's really offensive and it's hateful," Hassan said.
The shopping center owner says he will call a tow company to try to get all of the cars that shouldn't be parked there out. He also says he'll be checking the property to make there are no more of the offensive parking signs.
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History is the witness to the barbarianism of Islam...
Islam was less barbaric than Christians/Catholics were in history.
I don't understand what the big beef is. The Mall parking lot is specifically provided as courtesy to those who are shopping in the Mall. Perhaps, the signs can be modified to say: Parking for Mall Shoppers Only, Others will be Towed. There are always two sides of the coin. Perhaps, the Mall was fed up because so many Mosque-goers are habitually and selflessly park in its lot without any consideration that it is not their parking lot. A review of the building permit must be conducted in such a way the permit should only be issued when the mosque provides adequate parking spots anticiated to match its occupancy permit. There is nothing religious about this issue and the muslims should not make it as such. If the muslims want to make it into religous freedom, then let's ask those who are members of the mosque what country they come from and whether or not people of other faiths can freely practice their religion.Sure, now that they are in the US they think they can use the US law to their benefit. I wonder how many of those benefiting from the US freedom of religion are the same people who oppose others from practicing their faith back in their old countries. Instead, they should be the ambassador in the countries where they come from by saying: Hey, in the US we have freedom of religion and people can practice all the different faiths without anyone killing each other, blowing up each other, bombing each other, destroying other houses of worship, etc. so let's be tolerant and let people of other faiths practice their religiion openly. Back to the parking issue, I see no religious issue other than bad English.
Muzzies offended over a sign? Tough.
they are so sensitive and reactive at the slightest thing, go and see what sort of freed we have in Islamic countries, one cannot carry the book of their Faith like Bible, Gita etc, forget about constructing a temple, church or synagogue. The world would be a much better and happier place without Islam, but who knows what is the play of the Lord, evil does have a sure place in the creation, only to qualify what good is, that I believe alone is the purpose of Islam.
Justy change it to "No *mosque* parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed."
That would be perfectly legit. This could just be a case where lack of proper English skills resulted in discriminatory language...
So. Coptic Christian are being killed by Muslims in Egypt and not a single word from CNN. Instead we get this crap about a sign made by someone that doesn't want their parking lot used illegally. Oh NO! He used the Muslim word. How dare he! Wake up!
If you didn't let your crybaby christian persecution complex get in the way you would be able to find a recent article about what Babble Humpers in Eygypt are facing.
Ahh good ole American White Trash are at it again. The lowest of the low in a futile attempt to make another group feel lower than themselves.
silly..I am parking a car, not a muslim...I would be more upset, if the sign read." Mosque attendee car parking not allowed in parking lot"..because it would be very clear that the author was articulate..instead of ignorant..
Ishmael you're right, anybody who votes for Ted Cruz, a Texas Tea Party Darling, is definitely short on brains, and common sense. Cruz is threatening to shut down the federal government cause he has insurance, but he doesn't want the 50 million uninsured Americans, to have the same. Cruz wants to shut down the government, cause he's a big ole cry baby, and wants his way. Wah Wah!!
Sounds like you are also a cry baby. Congress wants everyone to have obama Care except themselves. When they get on board with everyone else then I will believe it is a good thing.
A simple "No Mosque Parking" would have done the trick. Texans – long on bluster, short on common sense!
It would still be illegal. You can't post no parking signs along public streets.
It isn't on a public street, it is in a private parking lot.
Yes. It's a Mall Parking lot, I think that the courts have given ambiguous rulings on whether Malls are held to the same standards as public.
Some malls are subsidized by the municipality, in that case it may be considered public property. In this case it is a privately owned mall and parking lot. They can put up whatever sign they want. Not saying I agree with discrimination (I think this was just poor english, but beside the point), but private property rights are paramount in this country. If you own it, you can be as discriminatory as you want with it. There may be consequences – if you put up a 'no blacks' sign there would be protests and boycotts unitl you went out of business – but it would not be illegal.
if the sign says no parking, you follow it. period. its a shopping center parking lot.
For all you know, the sign could have been put up by the Mosque administrators themselves. They might have received lot of grief from the shops in the mall about Mosque patrons hogging the parking spots at the mall and might have told someone who has just emigrated from god forsaken country and he might have put up the signs. English not being his primary lingo, you cant blame him and the Mosque might be thinking that they were doing the Mall patrons a favor and must be truly puzzled at all the bruhaha!
More likely it is bad english rather then hatred. He probably meant those visiting the Mosque should not park at the mall. In Stockton I see signs which say no parking for Farmers' Market shoppers. No one objected to that and there is normally a Cop enforcing the ban.
Does Wal-Mart carry these signs? 🙂
I think it's more stupidity than hate! They didn't know and should of written 'No Mosque Parking' but too stupid! I hope that's it!
Alright, the current year is 2013 A.D. Now going off of the start date of 622 A.D., as stated by JDMArkansas, and using some basic math skills, we find the Muslim religion started 1,391 years ago and matches up with what JDMArkansas stated. Going off of your 1,000 year remark, that would mean the Muslim religion started in 1,013. Googling significant events from that period says that the Muslims had just finished building a Mosque in Cairo. Your claim isn't holding up so well.
To reiterate a point made by JDMArkansas, Christians haven't always been so nice either. They have had their share of violent, religious, wars. You can't cherry pick history or you're doomed to repeat mistakes.
Puzzles and shocks me how Muslims can live in our Country and the goverment lets them build these shrines called Mosques!
Deport them all back i say.
I wonder if has anything at all to do with that whole "freedom of religion" business in our most important founding doc.ument?
Were is the beheading? No death cry.OL is the muslims getting soft on cookies or bbq.