'Sorry No Muslims' sign sparks abusive calls to restaurant
THE owner of Longreach restaurant which displayed a sign saying "sorry no Muslims" says his is sorry for the abuse his family has had to endure as a result.
An image of the sign, displayed outside Longreach's Eagle's Nest Bar and Grill, was posted to the restaurant's Facebook page last Friday.
"Just a bit surprised to see the sign up 'Sorry No Muslims' ... what's that about???" the author of the post, Helen Day, wrote.
The line was written at the bottom of the sign, which also read: "2000 years ago Jesus Christ made headlines turning water into wine ... the tradition continues ...We turn money into beer (Sorry No Muslims)."
The post sparked mixed reactions on the restaurant's Facebook page, with users divided between praise and condemnation.
Owner of the restaurant John Hawkes told the ABC the sign was up for a total of nine hours.
"Over the past 24 hours, my business and now my home has received more than 200 phone calls," Mr Hawkes said.
"While the great majority are in support of free speech and are of patriotic sentiment, we have fielded too many abusive and threatening calls. For this I apologise to my family.
"I sincerely hope I don't end up sanitising my every thought to the robotic degree that is evident in commercial life around us.
Ms Day's pictures were reposted by Facebook group Boycott Halal in Australia? No Way, and a moderator for that group told Brisbane Times the image had since been shared widely.
"Our page has only been going three weeks and we had a 'Total Reach' of up to 7,000 people," the moderator said.