We’ve received several emails since Friday, September 11th from people who noticed a sign in a store window at a business on Harwin.
“Legal? probably, Wrong? Most Definitely! We need to make the public aware of the merchants that support this sentiment so the public can decide if they want to continue to financially support the merchant.”
When a Local 2 photographer went to the business to get video of the sign and speak with the owner of the store, he said someone was standing outside handing out this flier:
According to Wikipedia (I know, not everything there is true… but it’s a good quick resource on the fly for general information),
“In 661, Ali was attacked while praying in the mosque of Kufa, dying a few days later.
In Muslim culture, Ali is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Muhammad, equal treatment of all Muslims and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies.”
“Ali holds a high position in almost all Sufi orders which trace their lineage through him to Muhammad.
Ali’s influence has thus continued throughout Islamic history.”
In the aftermath of September 11th, these are tough issues for journalists. Of course we have to look into issues like this.
Any business owner can open or close his establishment when he or she chooses. The Freedom of Speech allows allows them to post this kind of notice on the door (even if it was referring to a 9/11 terrorists).
But when we checked, we discovered that the business owner says it was an unfortunate coincidence. By broadcasting the story, we run the risk of alerting the majority of our viewers who hadn’t already seen the sign and fueling the fire in those who don’t accept the explanation.
Would we be causing more harm than good by reporting what was an unintentional insult? Let me know what you think by posting a comment below.