Minnesota Restaurateur Defends ‘Muslims Get Out’ Sign in Front of Restaurant

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Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, Minnesota, sparks controversy with its divisive ‘Muslims Get Out’ signage
The sign has understandably caused some tension in the community and beyond.

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The sign has understandably caused some tension in the community and beyond.

In the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, a torrent of anti-Muslim rhetoric has taken hold. At the Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, Minnesota, a sign appeared in front of the restaurant that read, “Muslims Get Out.” A second line read, “In support of St. Cloud.” The controversial sign has actually drummed up business, owner Dan Ruedinger told CBS, and he defends placing it in the window.

“It’s time that people started standing up, not worrying about the PC crowd and do what is right,” Ruedinger said. “And I feel what we’re doing is right. We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists. And that’s all I can say. It’s my right and I’m going to stand up, and I wish more people would do it.”

Since the sign appeared in the window of Treats Family Restaurant, large groups have gathered outside to protest.

“…People are going to see that and they’re going to think Lonsdale as a whole, as a community, is as crass as that sign,” protestor Peyton Estepp told CBS.

Ruedinger said he had no plans to remove the sign. 

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