November 2014 Church & State | AU Bulletin

The owner of a shooting range in Arkansas says her facility is a “Muslim-free” zone.

Jan Morgan, owner of Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, made the declaration on Facebook. She claimed her action was spurred by the “strange behavior” of two recent customers.

“They spoke very little english (sic), one did not have proof of U.S. citizenship, yet they wanted to rent and shoot guns,” Morgan wrote. “Their behavior was so strange, it was unnerving to my patrons. No one would enter the range to shoot while they were there. Some of my customers left.”

Morgan also asserted that “Islam is a theocracy, not a religion” and concluded, “The 1st Amendment is very specific about protecting the rights of individuals from the government, as it concerns the practice of religions, not theocracies. It clearly differentiates between government and religion. Again protecting the individual’s religious beliefs and practices from (the state) government. In Islam religion and state are one.”

Morgan quickly deleted the post, likely fearing legal action. But on her personal Twitter account, she still insists her business is Muslim-free.

Federal law does not permit secular businesses to discriminate against people on the basis of religion.