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.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Discrimination • Eid al-Fitr • Holidays • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • Ramadan • United States

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  1. Dingle Barry

    I am offended at mooselims constant insult to American culture

    August 19, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • saggyroy

      I am offended that you are offended.

      August 20, 2013 at 6:21 am |
    • Beauty

      Yes so am I

      August 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Cinematt

      Dingleberry is a perfect name for you, hicktard.

      August 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Personally I think this sign should be removed immediately! It is just stupid! BUT, have muslims not created many problems by themselves? Their SILENCE against the so called "bad muslims, terrorists, etc.", their REFUSAL to organize against the few to stop their violence has resulted in the vast majorities of people to combine good & bad muslims and put them ALL into one basket! Many of them KNOW who these terrorists are, yet they remain silent! Does their SILENCE show that the fanitical, religious, zealot, terrorists ARE following the Qur'an, "to kill all the infidels", and they are supporting it?

    August 18, 2013 at 6:32 am |
    • Cinematt

      yeah, because Christians always speak up against "bad Christians." Like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen and all the other "Christ for profit" pillars of the church have stood up and condemned the Westboro Baptist Church (not ever).

      August 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • BirthdayGirl

      It's not that no one has spoken up, but the American media won't allow it. If you check out other stations like BBC news, you'll see a lot of outspoken Muslims. Something about American media wanting to perpetuate the hate. It's a sad situation.

      August 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
  3. aldewacs

    Change the sign to "No religious no atheist parking".
    Then there'd be lots of spaces left ;o)

    August 17, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  4. Lauren

    Is there anything that doesn't spark muslim outrage?

    August 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • Jade

      Just like christians are alright with racism and slavery

      August 19, 2013 at 3:13 am |
      • Beauty

        God , you are stupid. why don't you go blow yourself up. Be a friend to the Mozzlems

        August 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • optikradio

      As long as you wrap your women in black burkas, don't allow them to speak, vote, or drive cards. Then they will be happy.

      August 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  5. Some Guy

    Muslims are offended that a private property doesn't want them parking on his property without permission?
    So the signs were addressing Muslims. So what?
    If Muslims are the ones illegally parking, then it makes perfect sense to address Muslims in the signs.
    Who else to address?
    The parking spaces are for shoppers.
    If they want to park, they should build their own parking lot.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Some Guy

      They meaning the Muslims.

      August 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      The point is that the sign does not say anything about being a customer of the shopping center. The term "Muslim" refers to their religious beliefs and not whether or not they are a customer. This is like a restaurant having a sign saying "Hindus will not be served". What the sign literally says is a violation of religious freedom – I wonder how you would feel if it said "No Christian Parking"? I understand what they were trying to do – the sign should have said "No Mosque Parking", and no one would have been offended. The fact that you don't think this is offensive (and obviously neither did the sign's creator) is an indication of your ignorance and intolerance for anyone different than you.

      August 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
      • Some Guy

        Ever at the ready to play the "holier than thou" card.

        August 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
        • My Dog is a jealous Dog

          How am I being "holier than thou"?

          If you are referring to my ability to read a sign and determine its meaning when you can't – then I would say I am being "smarter than thou". This sign should offend every American. It is not about being PC – it is about being aware of the meaning of words.

          August 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Sara

      Re you under the impression that Muslims don't go shopping?

      August 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @some guy.................Supposed the sign was referring to YOU? would you feel the same way?

      August 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • Some Guy

        I'm not a Muslim, so it doesn't matter to me.
        If they are shopping there, then that's fine, but the article doesn't state whether they are shopping, as well.
        It's inconsiderate to the shoppers.
        Those parking spaces are intended for shoppers.
        They shouldn't be hogging parking spaces that are intended for shoppers.
        Put yourselves into the shoes of the shoppers who want a place to park.
        I'm right. The Muslims are wrong. You're wrong.
        You each owe me a thousand dollars for being right.
        Why are you sticking-up for people who are wrong?

        August 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
        • iPhone

          @Some Guy
          What if the Muslims are shopping? You and others like you are all that is wrong with society today...

          August 19, 2013 at 7:18 am |
    • mathews

      I can guess what happened here because i have seen it where i come from:

      On Friday's , the muslims , come out in large numbers and park everywhere. They block the roads with cars and bikes. they park in unauthorized spaces and even on foot paths. This then becomes a nuisance to everyone.

      this is probably what happened here.

      on another note –

      ""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,"

      Dude, society is accepting, its you muslims who misuse this freedom. You come here to the US, you abuse the freedom, you kill our people, you buy large lands and shopping complexes, then paint the signs in arabic in green paint. You come to this nation and want to implement your sharia law. You have the audacity to tell us we are wrong.

      Islam is like a prison. once you get in, you cant get out – except via jihad. – you are all slaves to your religious leaders.

      August 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  6. children of Israel

    Isaiah 19:22 And the Lord shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: *Matthew 7:13-14 for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. *Hebrews 11:24-25 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; *1st Samuel 15:23* (The people of God are the Israelites with Christ himself, as the Star of Jacob in the house of David) Is that a lie? (*Matthew 15:11*)

    August 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • Cinematt

      Get a job.

      August 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  7. children of Israel

    The world is eating flesh, by going the broad way! *Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. *Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: *1st Samuel 13:6-7 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. (Acts 26:14) *Psalm 108:8 Judah is my lawgiver;

    August 15, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Is there a point to this or do you just like regurgitating myths?

      August 15, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • mathews

        another 2000 years and Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Newton, Alexander Bell – will all be myths.

        before you call it a myth, read history and civilizations.

        August 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          No, there will be substantial evidence that they were real people. There will never be substantial evidence to support the christian gods existence...another god, maybe but not the christian god. Even your jesus character is questionable...if he existed, he was a mere man.

          August 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
  8. IpseCogita

    I have seen a lot of signs that say "no church parking", that would have sufficed.

    August 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Some Guy

      Good point. Where's the outrage against this discrimination against Christians.
      Could it be that people are biased?

      August 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
      • mathews

        perhaps CNN is pro-muslim and biased.

        August 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  9. children of Israel

    Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, and I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: *Psalm 59:13 and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. *Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: *Zechariah 14:9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. *Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: *Luke 21:35 For as a snare shall come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. *2nd Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

    August 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Observer

      children of Israel,

      Here's some quotes from the Bible you might have missed:

      (Ezekiel 5:10) " Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers.” [God]

      (Jer. 19:9) “And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend" [God]

      August 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
      • Small 'c'

        Fogive him, Observer, he tends to get easily distracted. Yesterday, he was channelling Sheb Wooley for no apparent reason, and trying to link him to the Old Testament..

        August 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  10. children of Israel

    Isaiah 19:17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which he hath determined against it. *Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

    August 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  11. c Hitchens

    Imagine if the sign said "Christian" – Fox News would be all over that 24/7.

    August 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  12. children of Israel

    The truth shall make you free. *John 8:33 how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? *Deuteronomy 29:10-11 Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: *Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; *Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this this? *Deuteronomy 29:16 (For ye know how we have dwelt in the land of Egypt; and how we came through the nations which ye passed by;) *Revelation 18:23 for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. *Isaiah 40:17 All nations before him are as nothing;

    August 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, all of John's Gospel is of questionable historic value.

      To wit:

      From Professor Bruce Chilton in his book, Rabbi Jesus,

      "Conventionally, scholarship has accorded priority to the first three gospels in historical work on Jesus, putting progressively less credence in works of late date. John's Gospel for example is routinely dismissed as a source......

      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John#Authorship

      "Since "the higher criticism" of the 19th century, some historians have largely rejected the gospel of John as a reliable source of information about the historical Jesus.[3][4] "[M]ost commentators regard the work as anonymous,"[5] and date it to 90-100."

      "The authorship has been disputed since at least the second century, with mainstream Christianity believing that the author is John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. Modern experts usually consider the author to be an unknown non-eyewitness, though many apologetic Christian scholars still hold to the conservative Johannine view that ascribes authorship to John the Apostle."

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "

      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/john.html

      August 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  13. children of Israel

    *Deuteronomy 9:7 Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilderness: *Psalm 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: *Revelation 19:10 worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. *Amos 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac. *1st Chronicles 1:34 And Abraham begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac; Esau and Israel. *Amos 7:17 and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land. (Deuteronomy 28:68) *Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:

    August 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther once "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      August 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Capt Nemo

      Tried this lately? How did it go for you?

      Deuteronomy 21:18-21 King James Version (KJV)

      18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

      19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

      20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

      21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die:

      August 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  14. children of Israel

    *John 8:24 for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. *Deuteronomy 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: *Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

    August 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Reality

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

      The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      August 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • mathews

        Year 4013:

        In fact, he said, Modern American archaeologists digging in the north east part of America have "found no trace of a man called Martin Luther king or Abraham Lincoln. The "indians" too were a myth.

        August 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
      • Mahone

        (1) I have faith there is a supreme being (God). I could care less if any of you don't like my position on this.
        (2) I am not enamored with Muslims. From my experiences, they are rude, obnoxious and it is my opinion (and my opinion only) that they are not real lovers of Americans either.
        (3) I worked 32 years for a living. I just retired three weeks ago. I paid my own way through college, spent seven years paying back my student loans. I put two children through college with no debt. I pay my bills on-time and have always done so (even before I ate) and I do remember living pay check to pay check. But I made it happen and didn't blame anyone else when things didn't go my way. So, for all its faults, I still love this Country and to those of you that find fault with everything and anything this Country does, why don't you seriously consider moving to another Country????? If it is that bad here, why are you staying???????

        August 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  15. Stee

    According to the sign, non-Muslims who visit the mosque are free to park in the shopping center lot, correct?

    August 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
  16. Mike

    I keep reading that it was "a mistake" and that they meant something else...

    There is a difference between "No Church Parking" and "No Christian Parking" , is there not?
    One would be acceptable, and the other would bring butthurt and tears to some of the very same people who are defending this obviously hateful sign.

    August 14, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  17. zakirfraud

    The mosque should have been shutdown when their visitors are illegally parking in the shopping mall.
    These Burqa clad Bomb Belt wearing terrorists should have been allowed to build their mosque there in the first place.

    August 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Reality

      Good point.

      August 14, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • Small 'c'

      Why? Because there is a shopping center next door?

      August 14, 2013 at 12:27 am |
    • Perhaps...

      There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and 99% of them do not want to jihad you for Allah.

      September 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  18. Buddy

    Rational people would understand that to mean "Don't park here why you go to the mosque across the street." But who would ever accuse liberals of being rational people?

    August 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
    • Sienna Scorpio

      It could have said: "Parking lot is for Westview Shopping Patrons Only. Violators will have have cars towed at owner's expense". The mosque could have made arrangement with the center's owner or with the city to arrange parking at a nearby lot (maybe rent spots for a fee). There are churches and synagogue that are in conflict with business owners and the city during high holidays when there isn't enough parking, especially in the city.

      August 14, 2013 at 1:07 am |
  19. carlosdev

    Let's say instead of a mosque, there was a popular gun range across from the shopping center, and next to the gun range was the local headquarters and meeting place for the Tea Party. How would you feel if the signs read "No Gun-toting redneck wingnuts may park in the shopping center." What would you do then?

    Oh yeah. You'd probably go and shoot up every store in the center. And then cry that there was a war on your god-given right to be a Christian imposing your beliefs on an entire nation. How about this; I'll take your posts seriously when you get yourself something past a ninth grade education.

    August 13, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
  20. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Revelation 9:11
    New International Version (NIV)

    11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

    And just what does that have to do with America?

    August 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
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