Mysterious ‘No Muslim Parking’ Signs Appear at Texas Shopping Center
By Billy Hallowell (The Blaze)
Parking signs popping up in Houston, Texas, this week are sparking major controversy.
Placards that read, “No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center” were recently posted outside of a local mall. In addition to issuing the faith-based crack-down, the text also pledged to tow anyone who violates the stated rule. The mysterious messages have since been removed.
The signs were posted this week along the street near El Farouq Mosque, a house of worship that is nearby the mall. When Muslims attending the mosque saw the signs, many of them were offended, KPRC-TV reports, but no one has come forward to claim responsibility for putting them up.
The posters lined the street near the El Farouq Mosque on Sauer Conrad Drive at Westview.
In black letters, the signs read, “No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center. Your car will be towed.”
Many Muslims heading to worship services were offended.
“I feel sorry for the person who wrote it,” said Ahmed Hassan. “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 mosque sits across the street from the shopping center. Store employees did not want to go on camera, but admit they get angry when mosque members park in their lot, taking up spots meant for customers.
With the Muslim month-long fast for the holy month of Ramadan ending, and a crowd expected at the mosque, the signs anonymously appeared. No shopping center employees would take credit. One worker said the shopping center owner, Steve Kwon, posted the signs.
So Local 2 took the mosque members’ concerns to Kwon.
“I did not put up the signs,” said Kwon.
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,” said Hassan.
The owner says they will be calling a tow company to try to get all of the cars that shouldn’t be parked here out. And he says he’ll be checking the property to make there are no more of the offending parking signs.