The Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation and 80 other civil liberties, human rights, immigrant rights, faith, and cultural organizations today asked Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the growing phenomena of so-called “Muslim-free zone” businesses nationwide.
The coalition requested that the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section conduct a full federal investigation into all businesses that have declared themselves as “Muslim-Free Zones” and “bring civil enforcement proceedings against business owners who have violated the law.”
Businesses in Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire have publicly declared themselves “Muslim-Free.” Despite these reports, the DOJ has remained silent, with the exception of a pledge to “monitor” the Arkansas “Muslim-free zone” business.
The coalition also requested a meeting to “further discuss the civil rights impact of these bans and how [it] can best engage with the DOJ to address current and future discriminatory exclusions by public accommodations.”
The letter compared “Muslim Free Zones” to “whites only,” “No Dogs, No Jews,” “No Mexican,” and “Irish Need Not Apply” signs that were posted during past shameful periods of our nation’s history.