Shock, anger, and outrage were the reactions to some hand-made signs posted in a shopping center parking lot in the Spring Branch area of Houston.
Westview Shopping Center is located across the street from the El Farouq Mosque, where Muslims attend religious services. The signs were lining the street, Sauer Conrad Drive, that divides the shopping center from the mosque.
Employees of the stores in the shopping center said that the signs were erected in order to prevent worshipers attending services from parking there. No one would take responsibility for making the signs and putting them up – not even Steve Kwon, the owner of the shopping center. Although he did take the signs down and said that he would check to make sure the signs did not reappear.
While it is understandable that anyone who is not a patron at the shopping center should be allowed to park in the parking lot, it seems that the wording of the signs could have been different. Why not just say, “Parking for Westview patrons only, all others will be towed”?
The most obvious interpretation of the signs is that Muslims – even ones who want to shop at a store in the shopping center – are not allowed to park there, and it suggests that a hateful, bigoted person put those signs up.
Watch a news report, courtesy of Click2Houston, below.