A “Muslim-free gun range” is being sued by CAIR for religious discrimination against their client.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), along with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a civil rights lawsuit on Wednesday against a gun range in Oktaha that claims to be “Muslim-free.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of U.S. Army Reservist Raja’ee Fatihah, who says he was denied service at the facility because of his faith.
By displaying a sign banning Muslims, the lawsuit claims that the facility’s policy violates Oklahoma’s non-discrimination law as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a landmark piece of federal legislation that forbids a place of business from denying service to customers based on their race, religion or national origin.
On Wednesday, a sign posted on the window of the storefront of “Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear” says, “This privately owned business is a Muslim free establishment!!! We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone!!! Thank you!”
Other signs posted say, “We support our troops,” “Don’t tread on my gun rights. Vote freedom first,” and “No media allowed on property. No interviews. All questions can be directed to our lawyer.”
Fatihah says he went to the facility in October after it made national news for banning Muslims.
“I thought by putting a face to the label of Muslim and giving them some personal interaction, personal engagement, I could help them to understand there was nothing to fear,” he said.
He claims the staff were friendly and helpful to him at the range until he told them he was Muslim.
“It was not until identified himself as Muslim shortly thereafter that the owners armed themselves with handguns and asked if he was at the gun range to ‘commit an act of violence or as part of a ‘jihad,’” the advocacy groups say.
Fatihah said he explained to the staff that he was a U.S. serviceman and tried to open a dialogue to address their concerns or misconceptions.
After that, he said he was escorted off the grounds.
Here’s a news report on the lawsuit:
Apparently the defense is that putting up a sign saying, “this is a Muslim free gun range” constitutes Free Speech and should be defendable in the courts. Although the lawyer for the range says that this defense has been successful before, it seems rather dubious to me.