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Disabled Purple Heart Veteran, Embarassed at Local Business

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Veteran treated badly because of tatoo )

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I am a disabled combat veteran. I served in Iraq and worked in Afghanistan. I took an IED because my country asked me too, and I was injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. I have a Purple Heart and an ARCOM with Valor. I fully expect to be treated

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:39 pm
I am a disabled combat veteran. I served in Iraq and worked in Afghanistan. I took an IED because my country asked me too, and I was injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. I have a Purple Heart and an ARCOM with Valor. I fully expect to be treated differently when I am visiting another country - when I am in America I expect equality and toleration; but what I experienced today is something that I never would have thought I'd have to go through in my own country. The country I fought for!

I am a skydiver with around 300 jumps under my belt. I've done jumps from 30,000 feet, helicopters, hot air balloons, wingsuit skydives and so forth. So with that being said I travel around doing this sport quite a bit. Today was my second time at a dropzone called "Florida Skydiving Center / Skydive Lake Wales".

Coincidentally there are soldiers from the country of Qatar being trained there.

The picture is of the tattoo I have. Here is the definition of said tattoo: "Kafir (Arabic: كافر‎ kāfir, plural كفّار kuffār) is an Arabic term used in an Islamic doctrinal sense, usually translated as "unbeliever," "disbeliever," or "infidel." The term refers to a person who rejects God or who hides, denies, or covers the "truth." The Muslim's from Qatar saw that tattoo and complained to the dropzone. Once they did so I was called to the back office and asked to cover it up by the OWNER. Not that I would, but its 80 something degrees here today, and that would be an unreasonable request. After I told her that I had no pants to cover it up she told me that she has DUCT TAPE that I can use to cover it. I told the lady that I was not going to cover it up, as it was nothing more than a tattoo saying "I am not a Muslim". After beating around the bush for a few minutes entertaining me while I was trying to convince her otherwise, she asked me to leave.

What kind of America do we live in where someone comes back from war; disabled and decorated... while serving overseas was called an "infidel" for over 2 years, and then get asked to leave an establishment because of a tattoo I have that says just that, because of a culture of people visiting our country, and an American Business with no ethical sense or a backbone for that matter.

I am honestly offended and embarassed by how I was treated at skydive lake wales.

Please, send them your feelings on the subject. Here is their contact information.

Florida Skydiving Center
440 S Airport Rd, Lake Wales, FL
(863) 678-1003

Phil P (94)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 2:25 pm
Big out pouring of support on his site. We still have Freedom of Speech in America a regardless of whether it offends someone or not and we even extend it to those who visit this country. Can't say the same for other countries.

Perhaps Sky Dive Lake Wales was in fear of losing a big Qatar jump training contract if they didn't comply with coving up the offending tattoo. Still no excuse.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:56 pm
All businesses all over the free world are denying services to people involved with counter jihad
or showing any defiance to Islamic supremacists. Soon they will only have Muslims for clients. Good luck with that one guys.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:49 pm
I would make sure everyone knows about what happened.

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:57 pm
Noted, shared, tweeted. Something rotten in Denmark, I mean the United States especially Sky Diving Lakes Wales in Florida. When someone disrespects a man who has fought for his country so that we may maintain freedom because someone from another country doesn't like his tattoo, that person has the wrong priorities. Chances are the Muslims were wearing some type of gear or clothing that is not traditional in the USA. If they were that's fine; no one should say anything. That is a part of the freedom this soldier fought for, BUT HE HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE AND SHOW ANY TATTOO HE CHOOSES. IT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH AS WELL AS EXPRESSION. I am going to send an email with this particular comment on it to the business.

Carola May (20)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:15 am
Try complaining about the hateful verses in the qur'an someone might have tattooed on a leg in Qatar or Saudi Arabia or any other intolerant Muslim land and it will be you who will wind up with your head rolling on the ground.

Islam/Muslims demand special rights and 'tolerance' but they do not give it back. It's a one-way street in Islam. they want to silence all criticism of their hateful tenets but demand to be able to continue preaching the hate taught in their holy books.

We Kafur (and it is the ugliest word in Islam) are to know our place of inferiority and to accept the superiority of Muslims and Islam. It's that simple. Once this man and all the rest of us learn this, then there will be 'peace' - that's what Muslims mean when they say islam is a religion of peace and tolerance - when all non-Muslims have converted to or submit to Islamic rule and accept our inferior status. Easy.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:22 pm
That was very embarrassing for him You should not have to explain any speech or actions or what you wear but i am afraid incidents like this will happen more and more in the future so as not to upset muslims and it will end up being in most countries this treading on eggshells where they are concerned

Noted thanks

paul m (93)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:18 am

Sorry Lad,, you can't speak to small minded people , least they undersand, so don't be embarrest by someone
whoes mind and body are in the Gutter.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:23 am
Noted, thanks.

Jo S (619)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:00 am
I feel so sorry for this young man & embarassed that he would be treated that way at his home in the U.S.A.!
Thanks Beth! I will do my best to flood that woman & her business with protests. She should be closed down!

Gloria H (88)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 1:58 pm
He risked his skin for the USA, he should be able to wear whatever tattooed on it.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:10 pm
Beth is a sharmuta of the first order! I salute you not only for your service to our now tattered country but also raise my hat to you for not covering up your tattoo. I am an agnostic infidel, Christian, Jew, LDS, baptist, Protestant whatever. But will always honor and respect any person who had served their country with honor and valor. The business will go bankrupt and I hope the locals protest against them.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:44 pm
Thank you

marie C (163)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:50 pm
Wel lsaid Aurea green star on the way
A lot of great comments
Thank you Beth

marie C (163)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:58 pm
The Qatar Royal family are now thinking of buying our Marks and Spence I actually knew the old Mr Marks
A very lovely old fashioned Jewish man also they now own 25% of Sainsbury"s In my opinion they are destroying Harrods The previous owner was Egyptian but he kept everything very British.

marie C (163)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:59 pm
Thanks Phil P you are so right about Qatar

Jeremy S (3)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:33 pm
This was entirely inappropriate behavior on the part of business owner. I might not have, or ever plan to have, a tattoo of my own, but I will support the right of someone who has sacrificed so much to have a tattoo relating to that ordeal. An ordeal from which he or she will likely never recover. To do otherwise would be immensely ungrateful.

Beth S (330)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:41 pm
Aurea W.

Most of your comments were very appropriate, with the exception of the sharmuta remark. Not sure what I did to deserve that. Perhaps you can shed some light.
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