Jul 7 2015
‘The Other Place’ in West York, PA has been a neighborhood hotspot for decades, but a sign recently posted in the front window is boosting business while drawing a few accusations of ‘hate.’ The bar is owned by Jeff Seitz. Bar staff say he’s a veteran who wants to show support for the military by posting the signs.
YDR (h/t Mike F) The sign says “Death to Islam” and it’s echoed by two similar signs inside the bar. Bar staff say the two interior signs went up right after 9/11, and they’ve been there since 2001. The outdoor sign went up more recently.
Jeff Seitz, who has owned and operated The Other Place for 17 years, said “All my customers agree with me,” Seitz said. “Everybody says, ‘I love your sign.'” A customer posted a photo of the sign on Facebook, saying it’s hateful. Staff say since the signs began getting attention last week, they’ve seen an increase in business.
Everybody— except for one man who recently moved to York Township from Baltimore, who walked into the bar while exploring West York. The man declined to provide his name, citing fears of retribution, but has posted about the sign on social media and has reached out to media outlets.
Seitz said he put the signs up to protest the presence of Muslims in the U.S. “These people blew up the World Trade Centers,” Seitz said, also mentioning Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim U.S. Army major who fatally shot 13 people and wounded more than 30 people at Fort Hood, an Army base in Texas.
West York Police Chief Jason Seibel said NO complaints have been filed about the sign. Anti Defamation-League Regional Director Nancy Baron-Baer said the signs’ message would have to be more specific for it to be considered a threat.
Ibrahim Hooper, chief spokesjihadist for designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) said the sign is no different than anti-Semitic or racist comments. “It’s Islamophobia, a similar type of hatred to all these other forms of intolerance,” he said.
Hooper’s biggest worry was that messages like this encourage violence against the more than “6” million Muslims in the U.S. (Actually Hoopie, it is more like 2 -3 million, though it certainly feels like more). “As we’ve seen through history, hatred of any minority group has a way of getting out of hand,” Hooper said. (But unlike with Muslims, there’s never been another minority group that has posed such an existential threat to all Americans)