April 2016 Church & State - April 2016

Okla. Gun Range Challenged On Muslim Ban

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The owners of Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range in Oktaha, Okla., are facing a lawsuit over refusing to serve a Muslim customer. Chad and Niki Neal posted a sign in their business’ front window announcing it was a “Muslim-free establishment.”

Raja’ee Fatihah, a U.S. Army reservist and an investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, says the owners cited this policy when they turned him away from the business.

“Shooting is something I do as a hobby, and I also practice to keep up my skills as a reservist,” Fatihah said at a press conference. “When I went to the range, it went normally until I told them I was Muslim.”

Fatihah subsequently filed the Fatihah v. Neal suit with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). (He also sits on the board of CAIR’s Oklahoma branch.)

Robert Muise, an attorney for the Neals, claims they turned Fatihah away because he became “belligerent” and that his clients had a right to refuse to serve him. 

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