SHOP’S POLICY OF TURNING AWAY MUSLIM CUSTOMERS. WYMT’S MATTHEW RAND HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY. HE JOINS US WITH THE LATEST. MATTHEW? STEVE … SEVERAL WHITESBURG BUSINESSES ARE PARTICIPATING IN A SILENT PROTEST OF SORTS … OPPOSING THE MOVE THIS WEEK BY THE OWNERS OF JACE FIREARMS TO BAN MUSLIMS FROM THEIR STORE. Jace Firearms co-owner Jill Stidham told us Thursday why her store would no longer welcome Muslim customers. ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF HATE … AND THEY ARE BRINGING HATE UPON OUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY The owner’s comments did not sit well with many other Whitesburg natives … Including students and teachers at the Appalachian Media Institute. THEY SAW THIS AS LIKE SOMEONE TAKING A STEP BACK FOR THEIR IDENTITY AS KENTUCKIANS … AND SO THEY WERE REALLY UPSET THAT THAT WAS THE STORY BEING PORTRAYED IN THEIR HOME COMMUNITY TO ME, AS SOMEBODY WHO GREW UP IN WHITESBURG, I REALLY DO SEE THIS AS A THREATENING ACT. I SEE THIS AS MAKING OUR TOWN A PLACE THAT IS NOT WHAT IT IS Friday …. More than 30 businesses and organizations in downtown Whitesburg displayed signs welcoming everyone and promoting the hashtag #WhitesburgForAll. IT’S REALLY NICE TO LIKE WALK THROUGH TOWN AND SEE WHO REALLY WANTED TO PARTICIPATE IN LIKE … BEING AN OPEN COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE WHO LIVES HERE Through the powers of community organizing and social media … people we talked to say they want to show the world Whitesburg is a welcoming place to live for everyone. THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF KENTUCKY WEIGHED IN ON THE GUN STORE’S POLICY … CALLING IT AN “UNLAWFUL AND REPREHENSIBLE EXAMPLE OF RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION.” OWNERS DECLINED TO COMMENT TODAY … BUT THEY HAVE TAKEN THE ANTI-MUSLIM MESSAGE OFF THEIR SIGN. STEVE? ABOUT ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE RALLIED ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL TODAY TO PROTEST THE