Restaurant sign draws protests in Minnesota

Controversy over sign in Lonsdale

LONSDALE, Minn. - A Lonsdale restaurant sign drew protests and controversy on social media Monday night.

The sign, which sits outside of Treats Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, read "Muslims get out."  Small groups of protesters gathered outside the restaurant throughout the evening.

The owner of the restaurant said he decided to voice his opinion in the wake of the attacks in St. Cloud, New York and New Jersey.  He also said his sign is geared toward extremists, not necessarily all Muslims.

"I am not talking about the Muslim population in general. I am talking about the Muslim extremists. I am sure there are far more good Muslims than there are bad, just like there is with any other race," he said. "The only reason I didn't put extremists on the board is because I didn't have room on the board for it."

Tim Rud, the mayor of Lonsdale, said he does not condone the message of the sign and that it does not reflect the views of the city. However, Rud noted that the sign was in compliance with city ordinances, and that he respected the business owner's right to free speech.



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