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Dakota City Sign: “Never Trust a Mohamed”

Sign says never trust a “Mohamed,” I guess Muhammad Ali is out of the picture. I guess Islamophobia doesn’t exist.

JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE: Mohamed sign in Dakota City stirs controversy

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. — Dakota City councilman Bob Lane whipped up a controversy when he placed a sign on his property reading “Never Trust a Man Named Mohamed.”

Lane, well-known in Dakota City for his strong opinions primarily on local and county government, placed the sign near a multiplex rental unit he owns in the 300 block of North 14th Street, a high-traffic route into the Dakota County town of 1,827. The sign led several residents to lodge complaints at City Hall.

Lane told the Journal he had removed the Mohamed sign after it had been up for more than a week and replaced it midafternoon Monday with a holiday message. He didn’t specify what the Mohamed name referenced.

“It is freedom of speech. Whenever we have a problem in the nation, the first name, the middle name or the last name is often Mohamed,” said Lane, a multi-term councilman who was re-elected this year.

Kathy Bruyere lives in South Sioux City and owns rental property in Dakota City near the sign.

“I find this very offensive,” Bruyere said. “We have a lot of East African workers who come to Tyson (Foods packing plant), and they are going to see this every day. A city councilman should not be representing the city of Dakota City in this manner. It is a manner that promotes hate and fear.”

Bruyere said she called the city of Dakota City in the morning and heard there had been several complaints. Yet, the city has no control over the sign because it is on private land and is an expression of free speech.

John Fickler of Dakota City said the Mohamed reference was mystifying in his circle of friends. Fickler said it is unclear whether the name reference was general or specific. Others wondered whether the reference was to a man named Mohamed who perhaps didn’t pay rent to Lane or the prophet (commonly spelled Muhammad) who is central in the founding of the Islam religion.

Some of Lane’s previous messages have criticized Dakota County government decisions, and others have been humorous or seasonal.

“Sometimes they are on local politics, whatever hits the moment. We haven’t quite figured (the new) one out yet,” Fickler said.

A person who lives in Lane’s complex with the sign said the city councilman has a right to express his opinion but worried that people might think the Mohamed reference came from one of the renters and retaliate against them.

Others said they thought the Lane reference was to the Prophet Muhammad and will stir prejudice, while some said there are problems with Islam, since some followers are openly hostile to Christians.

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  • Tomas

    Re: Zakariya Ali Sher

    Even before islam and christianity’s rise to power. The “west” or the greco-roman civilizations (whose cultures eventually took over all of europe) had a problem with the “east.” Alexander vs. Darius, Hannibal vs. Scipio, Leonidas vs. Xerxes, Yahudah Makabim vs. Antiochus.. the list goes on.

    Also, S.Korea, as much as they hate N.Korea, does not want to attack N.Korea. Its just too risky. U.S. is currently there to act as a guard; Robin is to Batman as U.S. is to S.Korea. So far, S. Korea faces an enemy ready to set off nuclear weapons to flatten Seoul and decimate a considerable amount of S.Koreans if provoked.

  • Syed

    “So what does that leave us with? One village idiot, a crudely drawn sign and a quote that doesn’t make much sense.”

    Bingo ;)

  • http://www.counterculture-jihad.com Zakariya Ali Sher

    > “It is freedom of speech. Whenever we have a problem in the nation, the
    > first name, the middle name or the last name is often Mohamed,” said Lane,
    > a multi-term councilman who was re-elected this year.

    Hmmm… let’s see… Can’t think of many Confederates named ‘Mohamed,’ nor many Red Coats either. King George certainly wasn’t named ‘Mohamed.’ Nor was Hitler, or Stalin, or Pol Pot, or Mao, or the Kaiser, or Mussolini, or Tojo, or Ho Chi Minh… I don’t think there were alot of Vietcong who were Muslim. Nor was Noriega, Pablo Escobar, or Juan Peron. Charles Manson at least has an ‘m’ in his name. And we’ve gone through quite a few people, but still not a single ‘Mohamed.’

    Even if we look at Muslims, there aren’t that many. Ayatollah Khomeini wasn’t named ‘Mohamed.’ Neither is Osama bin Ladin. So what does that leave us with? One village idiot, a crudely drawn sign and a quote that doesn’t make much sense.

  • http://www.counterculture-jihad.com Zakariya Ali Sher

    You know what? This guy has every right to put up those signs on private property. Freedom of speech and all that. BUT… by that same token, I also have every right to call him out on that, and quite frankly I think the guy is a bigot and an @$$hole. Sorry to use such language, especially today, but its true. I suppose I could put up a sign saying ‘Never Trust a Lane,’ even make a YouTube video mocking him, but its not worth the effort. If he’s anything like the small town political hacks here in Illinois he’s an incumbent-for-life because he’s a bully and nobody will run against him. I’d much rather focus on supporting anyone who runs against him. Seriously. I’m more than willing to make charitable donations when elections come up.

    After all, freedom of speech.

  • http://www.counterculture-jihad.com Zakariya Ali Sher

    I think there are multiple reasons that the neo-Cons want to declare war with Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, but are more than willing to ignore the dangers of North Korea…

    Part of it is cultural. Persia and other Middle Eastern countries are seen as a threat, being that we never gave up our culture and identity. Muslims can convert others to our religion. Western stereotypes about East Asians, on the other hand, portray them as weak and submissive. You have things like ‘mail order brides,’ so there is a cultural belief that they assimilate, whereas we bring our own culture. Including the possibility of converting their children. That makes us a bigger threat in their minds.

    Moreover, Korea is not mentioned in their eschatology. Places like Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia Minor and of course Israel all pop up in the Bible quite regularly. The evangelicals have a vested interest in the Middle East, because not only do we make ripe targets for conversion, but they also need to claim the Holy Land for themselves, create a second Temple, and usher in their vision of the apocalypse. Other lands just aren’t important to them, which is why they don’t care about black Africa, South America or the rest of Asia.

    And finally, there is a history there. I’ve noticed that many neo-cons are still worked up over Iran and the whole hostage crisis. They see that as a historical example of America being ‘defeated,’ and their simplistic minds still crave revenge for that. Never mind that it happened decades ago, they still see it as a symbolic loss, and one which they wish to avenge. One would think that the Korean War would have the same effect, but I’ve noticed neo-cons tend to view that and Vietnam as ‘victories,’ never mind that nothing was gained (for the US or any other democratic country) through either war.

  • Mosizzle

    ” but i think muslims are partly to blame for this negative attitude towards us.”

    Yes, a few Muslim extremists are partly to blame for this negative attitude, but this does not excuse the Islamophobia.

  • LaRoja

    I forgot Mohammad Yunus and Hashim Mohammad Amla.

    Amla is the bald South African batsman with a massive beard who has been scoring loads of runs recently. Dean Jones reffered to him as a ‘terrorist’ on TV and got fired.

  • Daniel Ibn Zayd

    >>>HH Sheikh Mohammad Al-Maktoum(Emir of Dubai and a man who has transformed a backwards desert town into a bustling city and is tolerant to everyone in Dubai).<<<

    No, seriously? The gangster criminals of the so-called Emirates? Building their "cities" with slave labor, kicking out Shi'a muslims, destroying the environment with their "islands" and "city planning", with the highest per capita consumption rates of the entire planet? Seriously?

  • http://thebandofstrangers.blogspot.com/ Jack Cope

    Not that anyone trusts North Korea anyway, but he’d better be more careful of them since they say they are ready for ‘Sacred War’ against the South. Hang on… isn’t that Jihad?! ARGH!! North Korea has gone Muslim overnight RUN!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12067735

    Might be worth including in ‘what if they were Muslims’ since, of course, only Muslims are evil enough to do ‘Holy War’. It’s also worth noting that while North Korea does pose a more viable threat to the world than groups like Al-Queda (it has a massive army and nukes) this hasn’t caused much of a stir, perhaps because North Korea spouts crap like this all the time but so do Muslim extremists. If some Muslim nutter (without the massive army and nukes) had said this then the usual suspects would jump on it I’d hazard.

  • munaqaba

    how sad that the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) name, which was synonymous with “truth” and “trustworthiness” , has now become “untrustworthy” even according to one man. during the life of Rasulullah, even his enemies acknowledged his superior character.
    yes, the man is a bigot, but i think muslims are partly to blame for this negative attitude towards us.
    thoughts?

  • Ahmed

    I love how this is a manifest logical fallacy, and people don’t even care.

  • LaRoja

    What a shameless bigot who hates people and has really pathetic attitudes.

    A name means nothing.

    Muhammad(pbuh), Muhammad Ali, HH Sheikh Mohammad Al-Maktoum(Emir of Dubai and a man who has transformed a backwards desert town into a bustling city and is tolerant to everyone in Dubai), Mushtaq Mohammad(former Pakistani cricket captain). Some cool Mohammads.

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  • mindy1

    :shock: WTF is WRONG with people???? What made him such a hater??? Way to represent dude.

  • JD

    hummmm these guys are not named Mohamed
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  • Syed

    There’s also Mohamed AlBaradei – Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2005. Well they didn’t trust him when he said Iraq doesn’t have WMDs. Last I heard, they were still looking for them ;)

  • Syed

    Another Mohamed you shouldn’t trust: Muhammad Yunus winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, the King Abdul Aziz medal in 2007, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the World Food Prize, the Sydney Peace Prize, and the Ecuadorian Peace Prize. Additionally, Dr. Yunus has been awarded 26 honorary doctorate degrees, and 15 special awards. In January 2008, Houston, Texas declared 14 January as “Muhammad Yunus Day” (Typical of the leftist dhimmi Texans ;)).

  • bbc

    There are many Somalis who work in meat processing plants in that part of NE and Mohamed is a common name among Somalis. I hope they don’t get discriminated against as (in terms of finding a house to rent etc) as a result of this hateful sign.

  • Syed

    Another Mohamed you shouldn’t trust: Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah of Morocco, the first world figure to recognize the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain in 1777

  • Khushboo

    another nut. Great! *rolls eyes*

  • http://www.amislam.com Muslim Zionists

    Somebody, please ask Mohammed Ali the boxer to take a trip to Dakota.

    I’m sure even in his old age, and even whilst suffering from Parkinsons Disease, he will be able to knock this sign down with one well aimed punch. Maybe afterwards, he can turn his attention to Lane.

    I hope there is a camera to record all this.

  • Crow

    These bigotted morons are becoming more ludicrous by the day. A better list of men not to trust, men named robert…to start off theres fascist lover robert spenser, the dumb ass in the article, and thats only the begining

  • Mosizzle

    “Others wondered whether the reference was to a man named Mohamed who perhaps didn’t pay rent to Lane…”

    Lol. Islamophobes operate on such flimsy logic.

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