A controversial sign posted outside a Minnesota restaurant on Monday has an owner speaking about his actions.
The sign in Lonsdale, outside the Treats Family Restaurant, reads “Muslims Get Out.”
“It’s time that people started standing up, not worrying about the PC crowd and do what is right,” owner Dan Ruedinger told WCCO. “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.”
While the sign sat well with some residents, not everyone was pleased. Protesters soon flocked outside the restaurant.
Protester Payten Estepp told WCCO, “I get it, it’s his right to say what he wants to say. But that’s giving Lonsdale a bad rap to everyone that drives by on 19, which is a very busy road, so 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.”
Ruedinger told KMSP, “I didn’t want to put ‘terrorist’ on the board, so we were going to put ‘Muslim extremist,’ but we didn’t have room on the board.”
“People started taking it the wrong way and thinking we were against Muslims in general, and we’re not, quite the opposite. We are not racist,” he added.
According to Lonsdale News Review, a woman tried to rip letters off the sign, causing police to get called to the restaurant.
Ruedinger told WCCO has no intentions to remove or alter the sign.
The sign comes days after the stabbing of eight people at a shopping mall in St. Cloud.
(h/t The Blaze)