The national firestorm sparked yesterday by the owner of a shooting range when she decided to no longer accept Muslims as customers raises important questions over constitutional rights in an age of terror. Jan Morgan, the owner the Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, argues this is necessary for her personal safety and those of her customers because of what the Islamic faith teaches.
From the Blaze:
Morgan listed 10 reasons in a blog post explaining her decision to bar Muslim customers, including death threats she said Muslims have made against her, last week’s beheading attack in Oklahoma the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the 9/11 attacks, Muslim-Americans who have traveled to Syria to join terrorist groups and honor killings.
“Why would I want to rent or sell a gun and hand ammunition to someone who aligns himself with a religion that commands him to kill me?” Morgan wrote.
“I view Islam as a theocracy, not a religion. Islam is the union of political, legal, and religious ideologies. In other words, law, religion and state are forged together to form what Muslims refer to as ‘The Nation of Islam.’”
Ms. Morgan received condemnation from not only the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) but also from gun rights activists for her remarks. The common theme is she hates Muslims and has no right to refuse service to them. Morgan, though, says this is not based on bigotry and that she is fully prepared for a court battle.
It is true that the Obama Administration’s incoherent foreign policy and insistence on characterizing seemingly obvious acts of terror as “workplace violence” make it extremely difficult if not impossible to defeat enemies bent on destroying our way of life. It is also alarming if she really was threatened by a couple Muslims because of something she wrote and hopefully this was reported to the proper authorities. But can barring people from private property solely because of their faith really hold up in court?
Probably not. Regardless of one’s view on the Islamic religion, Title II of the Civil Rights Act prohibits private businesses from refusing service based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Despite Ms. Morgan’s personal views, Islam is considered a religion under our nation’s laws and thus qualifies under the Act. If a business owner can get away with discriminating one group of people based on their religion, where does the slippery slope end? What would the reaction be if a devout Christian was refused to service just because a businessman thought all Christians were dangerous?
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution also guarantees that all Americans regardless of their race, sex or religion have the right to bear arms. At last check, law-abiding Muslims are no different in this regard than any other religion. It is also important to keep in mind that despite several embarrassing setbacks, liberal Democrats remain determined to restrict firearms ownership and will happily use incidents like this to further their agenda.
Hopefully Ms. Morgan will realize nothing good can possibly come from this and reverses course soon. If this drags out, the only people she will be hurting are herself and 2nd Amendment lovers nationwide.