Raja’ee Fatihah, a 29-year-old employee with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and a U.S. Army reservist, is suing the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in the town of Oktaha, Oklahoma. The owners of the shooting range allegedly kicked Fatihah out when he identified himself as a Muslim.
Writes the Washington Times on Feb. 17: “A sign posted on the business declared the range a ‘Muslim-free’ establishment, and is similar to signs that have been placed at businesses in Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky and New York, said Brady Henderson, legal director the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the suit.”
The gun range’s Facebook page however has linked a post from the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a public interest litigation firm. The article claims Raja’ee Fatihah is an Islamist and a sharia-adherent Muslim who entered the range “with an AK-47 over his shoulder, magazine inserted.” The weather at the outdoor range that day was pouring rain, and “no one in their right mind (at least no one without a nefarious agenda) would even consider shooting on a day like this. Indeed, the Islamist was the only one at the range that day,” the post reads.
The AFLC claims Fatihah “became confrontational with the owners of the shop over his religion and his adherence to sharia, further raising the owners’ concerns about this man’s motives and intent.” After doing a background check, the owners of the range found that Fatihah was a board member of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, an organization AFLC claims has “strong ties to terrorism.”
“We should reward such vigilance. Indeed, it is the only way we will keep our society safe from jihadists. Had others been as vigilant with Army Major Nidal Hasan or the San Bernardino shooters, we may very well have averted those tragedies. The owners of this shop should be congratulated for resisting political correctness and doing what was right under the circumstances,” writes the AFLC.
Brady Henderson confirmed that Raja’ee Fatihah specifically went to the range when he learned of the “No Muslims” sign, but said his client’s reason for being there doesn’t matter. “Whether the sign in question says ‘no Muslims’ or whether it says ‘no coloreds’ or whether it says ‘no women’ or ‘no Christians’ or ‘no Buddhists’… it is just as un-American and fundamentally it is just as wrong,” Henderson said.
The owners of the gun range, Chad and Nicole Neal, are represented by AFLC’s Robert Muise, who said Fatihah was denied entry to the range because he was “belligerent.” Muise pointed out that the owners have a right under protected freedoms of speech to display a “No Muslims” sign.
“The only thing the law prohibits is if somebody denies services strictly on the basis of religion, and that didn’t happen here,” Muise said.
Who do you think is in the right? The owners of this gun range, or Raja’ee Fatihah, who appears to have gone to the range specifically wanting to push the Muslim point?