By Ed Diokno
Ominous signs are starting to appear.
On the last day of 2016, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, urged a New Mexico business to remove an anti-Muslim and anti-President Obama sign.
A convenience store in Mayhill, N.M., has a notice posted on its door reportedly stating, “Obama & other Muslims Not welcome here.” The hate sign has also been sold to customers. Last year, an image stating “Kill Obama” was reportedly posted in one of the store’s windows.
“While everyone has the First Amendment right to free speech – even offensive speech – we urge the store’s owner to remove the sign in the interest of common decency and of our nation’s unity at a time of increasing divisions,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
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CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the Nov. 8 election.
(Note from an Editor: A reader pointed out to us an image used in an earlier version of this story of a sign that read “No Chinese allowed” came from a movie. We have removed the image and regret its use)
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