A Houston Starbucks ejected customers all for wearing provocative t-shirts declaring “I’m an Ex-Muslim, Ask Me Why.” (WorldNetDaily)
The message apparently conflicted with the Islamic Society of North America conference that was going on nearby.
A group called Ex-Muslims of North America said its volunteers were “forcibly expelled” from a Starbucks within a Hilton hotel in Houston “after refusing to change out of T-shirts stating, ‘Love is Greatest’ and ‘I’m an Ex-Muslim, Ask Me Why.’”
They were taking a coffee break after handing out flyers and speaking with people attending the ISNA event nearby.
“I was surprised. I was simply drinking my iced coffee and scrolling through my phone, and they told me I needed to leave, so I asked why,” Lina, an ex-Muslim Syrian woman who had traveled to the conference on behalf of EXMNA, said in the statement.
The group’s president, Muhammad Syed, commented further, “We were asked to leave the premises and informed that we could only enter the premises if we removed the shirts, none of which stated anything inflammatory. The treatment was unjust and especially cruel considering the plight of ex-Muslims. We are killed and abused all over the world for our disbelief. It is unconscionable that companies like Starbucks and Hilton acquiesce to conservative religious sensibilities.”