"Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping Mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam ... Islam isn't in America to be equal to
any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book
of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the
only accepted religion on Earth."
Co-Founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
This is the same mall that just a week ago opened an Islamic prayer room Islamic prayer room. It is like I have been saying. No one should cater to them at all, because their demands are never ending. If anyone wants to help out here is the contact info for the restaurant's headquarters.
CAIR-MN Calls for Probe of Religious Material in Children's Meal
ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 19 2008
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Kentucky-based Yum! Brands, the parent company of the Long John Silver's restaurant chain, to investigate a complaint reported to the Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization involving distribution of religious literature in a children's meal.
In November, a Muslim family visited a Long John Silver's restaurant at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., and ordered a children's meal for their three-year-old son. They noticed that the toy that came with the meal was a small notepad with the phrase "Build with Jesus" written at the top along with a quote from the Bible.
Although Muslims respect the Bible and believe in Jesus as a prophet of Islam, the family preferred a non-religious toy in the children's meal. After requesting an alternative toy for their child, the family was shown variations of the notepad, each containing a different verse from the Bible.
"While the restaurant has the right to distribute whatever materials it wishes, we believe it is inappropriate to include such texts in children's meals without first making parents aware of the religious content," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam. "It would be more appropriate if the restaurant offered toys that included wisdom from different faiths and offered a non-religious alternative."
Ms. Islam noted that the Mall of America attracts visitors from around the world.
On its website (Yum.com) Yum! Brands notes that diversity is "their way of life" and that the company strives for "inclusion and engagement."
CAIR-MN is asking Yum! Brands to:
1. Investigate the incident.
2. Offer the Muslim family a formal written apology.
3. Review the toy distribution policy for all restaurants and ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
4. Participate in CAIR's sensitivity and diversity training.
The restaurant chain has not responded to a November 17 letter from the Islamic civil rights and advocacy group.
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