[Ed. – Geller does neglect to mention that the gun range in question posted a sign shortly before Fatihah’s visit proclaiming itself a “Muslim-free” business. LU noted this trend at the time among gun store and range owners. The Oklahoma range owners told local media they didn’t want to be a training site for jihadis. Equality is one thing, but why should range owners have to host prospective jihadis for gun training?]
The AFLC reported in a press release Friday that,
Fatihah, a self-proclaimed sharia-adherent Muslim, alleges that he was not permitted to use the Neal’s firing range because he was Muslim in violation of state and federal anti-discrimination laws. But the facts will prove otherwise. On October 23, 2015, Fatihah entered the Neal’s facility with an AK-47 over his shoulder, magazine inserted. The firing range is an outdoor range, and it was pouring rain that day—no one in their right mind (at least no one without an agenda) would even consider shooting on a day like this. Consequently, Fatihah was the only one at the range that day (in fact, there was an indoor range available to him in Tulsa if he was truly interested in only shooting).
The AFLC continues: “While no one at the range ever asked Fatihah what his religion was, he became confrontational with the owners over his religion and his adherence to sharia, further raising the owners’ concerns about this man’s motives and intent. In fact, the owners seriously feared for their personal safety.”
I am convinced that Fatihah was trying to provoke a confrontation that he could use for propaganda purposes.