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

soundoff (1,063 Responses)
  1. children of Israel

    Say something about the God of Jacob (Psalm 59:13)

    August 21, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  2. children of Israel

    Blessed is he that readeth, are you in the book of life? Or is your face in a book. (Revelation 20:12 )

    August 21, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • CTexas

      Facebook – Revelation (20:12)

      August 21, 2013 at 8:59 am |
  3. Dave

    "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. Until you hear the words Allahu akbar !

    August 21, 2013 at 7:22 am |
  4. children of Israel

    Our so called black leaders, those Esau colored folks they make their daily living off racism. Politics is for stalling. Why do women lie about their age, that is a birthright. What makes a person want to give up their own nationality, just to rule in the good ole USA? If mankind calls you a racist called them a satanists, watch how they defend satan and his demonic kingdom why? The congress, the house and even the senate all have dual citizenship and are exempted from the rule of Obama care. Is that a lie? (Matthew 15:11) *Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:

    August 21, 2013 at 6:59 am |
    • truthprevails1

      First off, racism has nothing to do with belief. Racism is taught and your parents should be ashamed for having done so! Calling you a racist doesn't mean I or anyone else who says it accepts your imaginary friends imaginary enemy.
      Second, The country is not a solely white nation.
      If you had any comprehension of how evolution works, you'd also understand how seriously wrong you are.
      How many slaves do you own? You seem to support treating black people like they are nothing of worth, although given how hateful and ignorant you are it is safe to say that most of them have more worth than you could ever hope to.
      I thought your imaginary friend said not to judge.

      August 21, 2013 at 7:17 am |
      • Dave

        Are you sure racism isn't learnt not just taught..?

        August 21, 2013 at 7:23 am |
        • truthprevails1

          Children begin to learn at home. If the parents don't correct the racism, the children will grow thinking it is normal. Not much different than any other form of hate really.

          August 21, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • CAll me Bwana

      You absolutely need to take your meddies. Your rants make no sense whatsoever. But worse still, your level of education is non existent. I recommend Astronomy and the study of Uranus

      August 21, 2013 at 7:27 am |
  5. children of Israel

    Caucasians come from a place called the caucus mountains. Is that a lie? What is a red neck, who is the red dragon the Bible speaks of? Who conquers the world as a cunning hunter? Why is the confederate flag still waving, they lost the war. What makes America bow down to the queen of England? Why is America bowing down to the Arabs? Is that a custom. *Genesis 27:29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: *Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Deuteronomy 14:2)

    August 21, 2013 at 6:13 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Quoting a book that has been debunked over and over again only shows how gullible and weak minded you are. Your hate for those not like you is showing. Pathetic.
      Build yourself a raft and set sail in an ocean, it is the only way you're guaranteed to not have to associate with those different than you (the bigger people who aren't quite as shallow and hateful).

      August 21, 2013 at 6:19 am |
  6. children of Israel

    When death comes to the door, no man mentions their free will why is that? Did Abraham ever visit Sarah's grave site, after burying her. Satan loves doing his demonic rituals, for the dead people (Mark 12:26-27). Americult, send all the so called black people back to Africa, via ships to Egypt (Deuteronomy 28:68)

    August 21, 2013 at 5:34 am |
  7. Matt Gaffrey

    I'm glad they were offended, because of this they should go home and make something of their own country,
    instead of just immigrating to a country built by Whites. Go home Muslims!

    August 21, 2013 at 1:40 am |
  8. BIG Fella

    Would it have been OK for them to place signs saying "No mosque Parking" ??

    That is pretty standard .

    August 21, 2013 at 12:23 am |
    • DCF

      That was my immediate thought.

      August 21, 2013 at 1:37 am |
    • Savior

      Or simply- "Parking for store patrons only. Violators will be towed." Just like most other establishments do.

      August 21, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  9. Jo blo

    Outrage huh? Well, we're outraged too..that these terrorists are flowing into the country. They follow a religion of hate, hate the west yet come here for welfare and health care for them and their 25 kids. If your name is Mohammed or any other sand flea name, you should not be allowed to get off the plane and sent back to the cesspool that is the middle east. I'm sick of these people infesting our towns and cities like roaches. They are smelly, rude vile people.

    August 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      You gotta love good old single-minded generalization and bigotry.

      August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Dave

        survival is racists? Calling a spade a spade is racists?

        August 21, 2013 at 7:26 am |
    • HotAirAce

      That is not my personal experience but how does that make them different from others, say Billy Joe Bob in southern USA, who thinks nothing of going to foreign countries and killing innocent civilians because some Babble Humping mentally ill delusional believer president has a conversation with a supernatural being for which there is not a shred of evidence.

      August 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
      • Adam

        Last time I checked, simple insults are not debate. Speak like you have a brain.

        August 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm |
        • Dave

          Snap dam! And why blast a whole region then profess to be superior?

          August 21, 2013 at 7:27 am |
        • HotAirAce

          Since when are facts insults?

          August 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
    • Felix Sinclair

      Impotent rage like yours is always good for a laugh.

      August 21, 2013 at 12:08 am |
    • WhatTheFlux

      Christ said: “But as for these my enemies, who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and slay them.” [Luke 19:27]"

      August 21, 2013 at 1:40 am |
      • vivdrummer

        Ha! I'd love to see you try.

        August 21, 2013 at 2:18 am |
    • DCF

      My heart aches for you, and those around you who surely suffer – consciously or not – from your toxic beliefs and lack of empathy or decorum. Hate breeds hate. It is simple and cowardly to give in to such hostility and venomous thoughts – dislike a culture and religion you disagree with or don't understand, and I can respect that. . .fail to rise above spewing garbage and hatred, and I can only pity that.

      August 21, 2013 at 1:45 am |
      • Dave

        hatered? has it been that long since 911?

        August 21, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • vivdrummer

      Kinda like how whites did the same thing back in the 1600's, killing the natives and taking their land? Remember, we weren't the first ones here. If you don't like the 1st amendment, feel free to move somewhere else.

      August 21, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • Bing

      jo blo look at your language, and your calling others rude and vile? Rant all you want, what you're suggesting will never happen. And if the US ever does get controlled by a nutcase like you and these actions implemented, itll have the opposite effect. i.e. Nazis. The muslims may suffer for a bit but eventually you're kind will lose and you'll be a silly insignificant group like the neo-nazis are today. Bring it.

      August 21, 2013 at 9:28 am |
  10. Jo blo

    I wish they'd throw a few of those signs at the airports..just "No Muslims-go HOME!" will do.

    August 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
  11. Jo blo

    Well the owner of the mall had every right to put the signs up. They have no consideration for anyone and need to be told not to be rude. They are animals!

    August 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      That is not my personal experience but how does that make them different from others!

      August 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
    • redzoa

      If the owner had placed signs stating that parking was for mall customers only, then I would agree it was within his rights. However, these signs did not say anything about unauthorized parking, just that any cars owned by Muslims, regardless of whether they were shopping at the mall, would be towed. It is unlawful for the owner of a retail establishment open to the public to discriminate based on religion. See: 42 U.S.C. section 2000a.

      August 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
  12. tbone


    August 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
  13. Let Them go in pain!

    This is a call... can you not see it... more Christian oppression... be done with them ... let them go in PAIN!

    August 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • Debra

      Christian oppression? Please! The sign clearly meant no "MOSQUE" parking, like the thousands of no CHURCH parking signs put up in shopping mall parking lots all over America because congregations of every faith are always buying buildings that don't have enough parking to accommodate their memberships because they're short on cash and then park on other people's property. If you want to criticize the ignorance of not knowing the proper name for a Muslim house of worship, you're totally justified. Whoever put that sign up is dumb as dirt, but I'm sure he's more than happy for any one including Muslims to park in his lot as long as they're buying things at his mall and not just parking free of charge on his property so they can attend religious services across the street. Christians in the US can be and often are obnoxious and bigoted and as a Buddhist I am often treated badly because I'm not Christian but there's no reason to go looking for 'Christian oppression' where it doesn't exist and this is an obvious case of stupidity not bigotry. I was born here, but as a Buddhist I would never move to a country where I would be discriminated against because of my religious faith, which raises the question as to why people who are not Christian move to the US knowing that they will face discrimination because of their religion. That covers all non-Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, even atheists. If you don't want to be discriminated against by a bunch of bigoted Christians then you shouldn't come here. Despite the technical 'freedom of religion' laws here, the reality is a bunch of bigoted self-righteous Christians. Everybody knows this about the US, so again why come here if that kind of bigotry bothers you. You're like a battered wife, who keeps complaining about her husband beating her, yet never leaves. If you want to live here more than you don't want to face discrimination because of your religion then you really do need to shut up about it. It's part of the price you apparently decided was worth paying to live here. If that's not the case then you should leave.

      August 21, 2013 at 1:40 am |
  14. wrm

    If this is what it takes to spark outrage then folks have it pretty easy.

    August 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  15. richbrunelle

    It does not take a brain surgeon to figure out what the intent of the signs were: As the Muslims have a religious period forthcoming that will fill the mosque parking, the mall which also fills their parking, does not want the does not want the mosque over-flow of parking in their parking lot. The Owner/Manager for the Mall had the signs put up. If anything they could have been better worded, but the intent was not meant to be offensive or threatening.

    August 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  16. Ollie

    Do Muslims EVER stop crying about something???

    August 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      If a sign went up saying No Christian Parking the outrage would be just as severe.

      August 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
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    August 20, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  18. Joesense

    only in Texas, they can distinguish between a muslim car and a christian car.

    August 20, 2013 at 4:01 am |
    • saggyroy

      All the christian cars display the required Jesus fish.

      August 20, 2013 at 6:18 am |
      • Tony

        and balls hanging from the rear bumper of their pickups

        August 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        The jeebus fish is a requirement on christard cars??? Wow, Texas really is redneck central!

        August 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
  19. Hugh Vincelette

    Academic experts examining the Dead Sea Scrolls, stated that they were a tremendous archaeological find; not theological.

    August 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • Dave

      archaeological experts stated that they were a tremendous archaeological find, theologian experts stated they were a tremendous theological find... academic experts are clearly swayed by the academics they have chosen to follow like your opinion is swayed by your own choice...

      August 20, 2013 at 1:05 am |
  20. Jake

    If they had just put up a sign that said "No mosque parking" that would've been cool, since it was specifically people from that church parking there. But then we couldn't have had this story on CNN

    August 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • Mahone

      I agree...just a poor choice of words that is being blown way out of proportion (although I do like the sign as written!!!!)

      August 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
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