MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Islamic leaders say they plan to reach out Tuesday to the Lonsdale business owner who put up a sign outside his restaurant that said “Muslims Get Out.”

Dan Ruedinger, the owner of the Treats Family Restaurant, said Monday that he put up the controversial sign because he was upset over the stabbings Saturday night at a St. Cloud mall.

Ten people were injured by 22-year-old Dahir Adan, a Somali Minnesotan who allegedly spoke about Allah during his rampage and asked at least one victim if they were Muslim.

Adan was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. The FBI is investigating the stabbings as a potential act of terrorism, although Adan’s motive is yet unknown.

“We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists,” Dan Reudinger said on Monday. “That’s all I can say. It’s my right and I’m going to stand up, and I wish more people would do it.”

Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota (CAIR-MN), plans to invite Ruedinger to a mosque in Faribault on Tuesday.

CAIR-MN hopes a meeting with local Muslims will change the business owner’s view of the state’s Islamic community.

“Our experience has shown that interaction with ordinary American Muslims and enhanced knowledge of Islam are key factors in the reduction of Islamophobic attitudes,” Hussein said, in a press release.

Ruedinger���s sign drew protesters on Monday. They said that while the business owner had the right to say what he wanted, his message reflected badly on the Lonsdale community.

“People are going to see that and they’re going to think Lonsdale as a whole, as a community, is as crass as that sign,” protester Payten Estepp said.

Comments (8)
  1. leftofright says:

    anyone that read this story to understand why he would do such a thing would know that any Mosque that would invite an “infidel” in, is not the “Muslims” that he was referring to… Just keep trying to make this out to be more than what it really is though, see if you can get the politically correct hate police to protest some more at his business, that as of last read, was up 30%.

  2. Kally Waters says:

    Islamophobic… how about all the Muslims who are “Christianphobic”? Or is the religion of “It is OK with their god to kill all non-believers” have some other word for it? Yes go to the Mosque and ask them “Is it ok with their religion to kill non-believers who slanders the name of their false god allah?”

  3. Kally Waters says:

    and I think Cheeseburger, fries and pop for 5.99 is a good deal!

  4. Concerned about this says:

    I heard Dayton and Hodges are organizing and funding 5 bus loads of paid protesters to go down there are set up camp like at the 4th precinct.

    1. Ryan J Brown says:

      I wouldn’t doubt that. Anyone who doesn’t toe the party line is punished brutally in Minnesota. When will we be free of the tyranny of Hennepin county?

  5. DanRuedingerIsAnAss says:

    “We are not targeting the Muslims in general, just the extremists,” Dan Reudinger said on Monday.

    …which is why on his sign he used the general term “Muslims”

    1. Tony Clifton says:

      Guess you are way too young to reach back into history and see that this unwanted strife comes with a culture that has strife no matter where they hung. I can’t call it living, and now there are many in our country whose quality of life has been affected by this group that keeps trying to force them selves into our world. It won’t work, we are sick of it. Its an ideolog that claims raping is Heaven. Jesus, stated to his followers that, “in Heaven, there is no Gender.” Which makes more sense. We had decided long ago, where we stand on our Faith. There is no room for subjugating anyone, in my world.

  6. Tom Nimtz says:

    Assimilate – or, Get OUT. My German & Irish s had to learn the culture, & they Did ! So can these people ! Can’t or WON’T ? – LEAVE.