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October 8, 2014 0

Gun Range Owner’s Offensive Ban on Muslim Patrons is Unlawful

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Jan Mor­gan

Cit­ing to pub­lic safety con­cerns stem­ming from the 9/11 attacks and a recent Okla­homa work­place behead­ing, Arkansas gun range owner Jan Mor­gan last week pub­licly declared her busi­ness a “Muslim-Free zone.”  Although this odi­ous and unlaw­ful dec­la­ra­tion has been removed from her Face­book page, a mes­sage on Morgan’s Twit­ter account states that the rule still stands.

In a dia­tribe jus­ti­fy­ing her deci­sion,  Mor­gan wrongly claims that Islam is not a reli­gion.   And there­fore, she erro­neously con­cludes that Mus­lims are not enti­tled to First Amend­ment guar­an­tees of reli­gious free­dom.  Mor­gan also falsely asserts that she has the option to bar Mus­lim patrons from her gun range.  But this ban bla­tantly vio­lates the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993, which  pro­hibits  “… any estab­lish­ment, either licensed of unli­censed, that sup­plies … ser­vices to gen­eral pub­lic … “ from dis­crim­i­nat­ing against a per­son “… because of … religion.”

Later admit­ting that the anti-Muslim ban dis­re­gards the law,  Mor­gan nonethe­less declared  that she “will do what­ever is nec­es­sary to pro­vide a safe envi­ron­ment for my cus­tomers, even at the cost of the increased threats and legal prob­lems this deci­sion will likely pro­voke.”  Although she relies on the Sec­ond Amend­ment to remain in busi­ness, Mor­gan wants to ignore fed­eral and state Equal Pro­tec­tion Clause prin­ci­ples cod­i­fied in anti-discrimination laws.  Pick­ing and choose among legal pro­tec­tions is sim­ply not an option in our nation of laws, and Mor­gan would be wise to revoke her offen­sive ban against Mus­lim patrons.

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December 16, 2013 5

Fugitive Alabama White Supremacist Shoots Self As Police Close In

lindsey-scott-carterA fugi­tive and racist prison gang mem­ber from Alabama shot him­self in Arkansas after lead­ing police on a lengthy chase.  On Decem­ber 8, Arkansas state troop­ers pulled over a vehi­cle linked to Lind­sey Scott Carter, 44, wanted in Alabama on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.  The dri­ver, a female friend of Carter, fled the vehi­cle, but Carter took the wheel and drove away. 

After a chase that wound through two coun­ties in west­ern Arkansas, troop­ers used traf­fic spikes to bring the vehi­cle to a halt again.  As the offi­cers approached the car, how­ever, they dis­cov­ered Carter had appar­ently shot him­self to death rather than face capture.

Accord­ing to local author­i­ties, Carter, from Paint Rock, Alabama, had shot and killed a woman on Decem­ber 7 in what police believe was some sort of drug-related dis­pute.  Fol­low­ing the mur­der, a female friend of Carter (since arrested for hin­der­ing pros­e­cu­tion) allegedly pro­vided the vehi­cle that Carter used to flee with a sec­ond female friend.  Author­i­ties have not charged the sec­ond friend, the one who fled the vehi­cle in Arkansas, say­ing that she had not been aware of Carter’s crimes.

Carter had a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal his­tory and was a mem­ber of the South­ern Broth­er­hood, Alabama’s largest white suprema­cist prison gang.  The South­ern Broth­er­hood, which has a lengthy record of vio­lence and crim­i­nal activ­ity, began in 1995 in the East­er­ling Cor­rec­tional Facil­ity and sub­se­quently spread to the rest of the state (it also has a pres­ence in sev­eral other states).  It also has a biker gang sub­group, the South­ern Broth­er­hood Motor­cy­cle Club.

After Carter’s sui­cide, other South­ern Broth­er­hood mem­bers passed the news of their fel­low gang member’s death.  One South­ern Broth­er­hood gang mem­ber posted to an on-line social net­work­ing web­site that “we lost a good Bro yesterday…Rest in Peace Scott Carter 14/23.”  The num­bers “14/23” con­sti­tute a South­ern Broth­er­hood numeric sym­bol that com­bines two con­cepts.  The num­ber 14 is a ref­er­ence to the so-called 14 Words, a pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan:  “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”  The num­ber 23 stands for the “23 Pre­cepts,” a list of 23 rules that gang mem­bers are required to follow.

Sim­i­larly, another gang mem­ber posted that “We had a bro pass away yesterday…R.I.P. Scott Carter…14/23 19/2.”  The num­bers 19 and 2 are code for the South­ern Broth­er­hood, as S is the 19th let­ter of the alpha­bet and B the 2nd letter.

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