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Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:02 PM

Lincoln law requires hookah lounge to stock liquor even though the Muslim owners don't want to sell

Lincoln law requires hookah lounge to stock liquor even though the Muslim owners don't want to sell it


City ordinance and state regulations will require the Muslim owners of a prospective Lincoln hookah lounge to stock and serve alcohol even though they don't want to because it violates the tenets of their faith.

Mustafa Albusharif and Mohanad Akrawee want to open 88 Hookah Lounge at 16th and O streets, with the focus on the water pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco.

"Our goal is to be a chill place for students and to show the community of Lincoln a Mediterranean or Middle Eastern style of smoking hookah," Albusharif told the City Council this month.

They want to allow customers to also smoke cigars and enjoy Middle Eastern-style chai teas and juices.

But they'll have to offer alcohol, too, or risk not being able to open.

Read more: https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/lincoln-law-requires-hookah-lounge-to-stock-liquor-even-though/article_ce7f1e0d-b4b7-54cd-b575-e626b10c8cb3.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2
(Lincoln Journal Star)

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Reply Lincoln law requires hookah lounge to stock liquor even though the Muslim owners don't want to sell (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jun 2019 #1
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #4
Jake Stern Jun 2019 #5
Beakybird Jun 2019 #2
htuttle Jun 2019 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:03 PM

1. Only RW Fundy Xian religion is allowed to restrict, apparently

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 10:10 PM

4. This might not pass muster with the SCOTUS

There is no direct connection between alcohol and tobacco, where one requires the presence of the other.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 11:40 PM

5. They're free to do what those RW Fundy Xians did: SUE

Take it to court as a religious freedom issue. Watch that law get amended real quick.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:04 PM

2. That doesn't seem fair. Does it?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Jun 13, 2019, 09:19 PM

3. Charge $200 per beer

...and you have to drink it in the basement.

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