The 'Get out Muslims' sign is 'awful,' the governor's office says

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A restaurant's sign that read "MUSLIMS GET OUT" after the St. Cloud stabbing attack is "awful" and is an example of "destructive rhetoric," Gov. Mark Dayton's office says.

Shortly after this month's stabbing attack at a St. Cloud mall that injured 10 people, the Treats Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop in Lonsdale added the anti-Muslim language to its sign. The owner said he was standing up to extremist violence, and was OK if Muslims come in as long as they "be nice."

The photo above was posted to the Lonsdale Happenings Facebook group (which is now closed) and quickly spread, raising the shop's notoriety considerably and prompting a slew of negative reviews and criticisms on Yelp. The review site by the way says it's working on a page "cleanup" because of the wave of attention.

The response from the governor's office

A couple weeks later, the governor's office has weighed in.

In a Facebook statement, the office called the sign "awful," and said that even though the owner has a right to display that opinion, "this kind of bigoted and divisive rhetoric is wrong." Here's the full post.

https://www.facebook.com/GovMarkDayton/posts/1411011378928621

No clear links to Islamic State, but possible inspiration

The St. Cloud attacker was identified as 20-year-old Dahir Ahmed Adan. The Islamic State attempted to take credit for the attack shortly after it happened, and investigators called it a potential act of terrorism. But no definitive links between Adan and the militant group have been found.

However, FBI Director James Comey said during testimony this week that Adan was at least partly inspired by extremist groups, The Associated Press reported.

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