HARLEY DAVIDSON bows down to Islam

Harley-Davidson is “aggressively pursuing the removal” of a message scrolling across the digital sign a New York State Harley-Davidson dealership because a MUSLIM COMPLAINED IT WAS “DEROGATORY TO MUSLIMS.”

The move came after Khuram Hussain, Syracuse, lodged complaints with the company and with the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce over a message he believed was derogatory toward Muslims.

“We believe signage of this nature is highly inappropriate,” the company’s director of corporate communications, Robert H. Klein, said by phone from Milwaukee. (NO, you are afraid of getting blown up by an outraged Muslim)

Since November, the dealership’s owner, Erik J. Dunk, has posted several messages critical of President Barack Obama on the electronic sign visible to motorists along Interstate 81. One or perhaps two of those messages — whether the message has changed is in dispute — prompted Mr. Hussain to complain after he saw the sign Friday.

On Tuesday, the sign’s message read, “Obama are you kidding? We’re not Muslim. You are not Christian!!”

Mr. Hussain said that when he saw it, it read, “Obama is not a Christian! He is a Muslim!!!” Mr. Dunk has denied that message was ever posted, however, and said the wording never changed. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Mr. Hussain, a Muslim, is an education professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, and owns property in Watertown, he saidWATERTOWN DAILY TIMES