A Denver bookstore named ISIS after the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage, and wisdom has been vandalized following the Paris attacks….and not for the first time
Isis Books & Gifts on South Broadway has been in business for 35 years, but lately it has been threatened and targeted by vandals who associate it with the terrorist group commonly called and best known as ISIS.
Over the weekend someone threw a brick through the “Isis Book & Gifts” sign outside the business.
— Jeffrey Evan Gold (@jeffgoldesq) November 16, 2015
KDVR reported that Karen Charboneau-Harrison, the owner of Isis Books & Gifts, said this was the fourth time the business had been vandalized in just the past few months. She said they had to replace their front door after someone shattered the glass. Someone also threw pink paint across the front of the store, and the same sign has already been broken once before.
On their facebook page ISIS books and gifts say:
Dear friends, this happened to us over the weekend. We humbly request that you send protective energy to us, as this is just one of the many incidents of harassment we have experienced.
The name Isis is that of the Egyptian Goddess of women, marriage, magick, healing and more. However, with our media and politicians constantly using the word to name those in the Middle East who are the source of such horror, some people seem to get confused. Please help us to educate the media and your family and friends to call the terrorists by a more correct name – Daesh – not Islamic State, not ISIS, not ISIL. They hate the term “Daesh” and have threatened to cut out the tongue of anyone who uses it. SInce Friday’s attacks on Paris, the French government has switched to using Daesh, and President Obama has also used it.
Do not legitimize them and their aspirations by calling them a STATE, as in the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, or just Islamic State. These names only support their delusions of power.
From the Boston Globe: ‘The term “Daesh” is strategically a better choice because it is still accurate in that it spells out the acronym of the group’s full Arabic name, al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. Yet, at the same time, “Daesh” can also be understood as a play on words — and an insult. Depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, it can mean anything from “to trample down and crush” to “a bigot who imposes his view on others.”