US author distributes “Muslim Welcome Zone” signs to fight Islamophobia

06:25 PM | 22 Dec, 2015
US author distributes “Muslim Welcome Zone” signs to fight Islamophobia
INVERNESS, Florida (Staff Report) - An American TV host and author has created “Muslim Welcome Zone” signs for her property and has offered them to neighbours who wish to join in her fight against Islamophobia in United States.

Dr Charlotte Laws, a Los Angeles resident, is fighting back against a Florida gun shop owner, who is selling “Muslim Free Zone” signs for front lawns in Florida.

Read: ‘Muslim free zone’ signs being sold in Florida gun store

h1“I have one thing to say to this bigot in Florida: No!” Laws says.

She adds: “Our country was founded on religious freedom. The first clause of the First Amendment guarantees it. It is important to promote tolerance and acceptance for religious plurality.

“The anti-Muslim tone in the country is disturbing, and I hope others will join the cause.”

Hate crimes against American Muslims and their businesses have tripled since the Paris attacks. There have been a whopping 38 incidents in the past month.

Read more: Crimes against Muslim Americans rise sharply

“My neighbours include Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Protestants,” states Laws. “Our street is becoming a “no go zone” for bigotry.

Laws says it is vital that Americans are clear about the distinction between terrorism and religious freedom.

“In my own little way, I want to stand up for two things. First, rationality, and secondly, not to be afraid. Targeting an entire religion, as this bigot in Florida has done, is entirely irrational as well as completely un-American.”

Andy Hallinan, the gun shop owner in Citrus County Florida, has been selling “Muslim Free Zone” signs. The signs look like stop signs and cost $24.99.

The Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) had filed a lawsuit against the shop owner, but a federal judge threw it out in November.

CAIR argued calling the store a Muslim free zone amounted to religious discrimination.

The judge ruled the store’s policy “did not present an imminent and concrete threat to Muslim people.”

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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