The Iron Block Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership removed a controversial scrolling message from its digital sign Thursday at the insistence of the Harley-Davidson Motor Co., based in Milwaukee.
The message, "Obama, are you kidding? We're not Muslim. You are not Christian!!" came down at the 10 a.m. deadline set by the company's attorneys, according to Claudia Dunk, wife of owner Erik J. Dunk. Mrs. Dunk works at the store.
The message referred to President Barack Obama's comment to a reporter in advance of his Middle East trip that "if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. ... And so there's got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples."…
Khuram Hussain, Syracuse, a Muslim and an education professor at William and Hobart Smith Colleges, Geneva, had complained about the message posted on the dealership's sign. He said when he saw the sign Friday evening, its message read, "Obama is not a Christian! He is a Muslim!!!" and it was that slogan that prompted his complaint to Harley-Davidson and to several area chambers of commerce. (More)