And this is a story worthy of coverage in the Houston Chronicle because why? Hurry up CAIR, call in the FBI, because this should be investigated as a “hate crime.”
Houston Chronicle Asad Khan got a call Sunday morning alerting him that something was wrong at his Galveston restaurant ZaZa Bar & Bites. The 44-year-old business owner, who is Muslim, was shocked to find the front of his restaurant covered in bacon when he arrived.
This incident is the second this week for Khan, who also discovered bacon grease smeared on the front door handles on Thursday. He filed a report with the Galveston police, but there have been no arrests made in the case.
It is religious practice for Muslims to abstain from pork.(Yet he serves alcohol in his restaurant which, like pork, is not allowed under Islamic law)“It shook me,” Khan said. “It took me off guard because I wasn’t expecting that.” It is religious practice for Muslims to abstain from pork.(As well as liquor, but you advertise a happy hour)
“Bias is the only reasonable explanation for the use of bacon in vandalism targeting a Muslim-owned business, and law enforcement authorities should keep that possible hate motive in mind when investigating this case and in bringing charges against the alleged perpetrator,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
ZaZa Bar & Bites has only been open for about nine months, and Khan said he is worried about his employees’ safety. Since opening his business on Postoffice Street. Khan also has received about five threatening phone calls telling him to go back to his country.
Khan immigrated from Pakistan to the United States in 1993. He has been splitting his time between Galveston and Florida for the last seven years. He said most of his experience in Galveston has been positive, which is why this incident took him by surprise.
The business owner plans to install cameras on the outside of the restaurant because currently he only has security cameras on the inside. “I feel bad for whomever did this because they’re carrying so much hate in them,” Khan said. “I will get over this. I hope they get peace.”