The poster depicts a vicious "lost" dog named Mohammed. That's the name of the Muslim prophet. It says that the dog is not good with children and can't be trusted.
Hussein Ahmed, the owner of the store, says the phone number on the poster is fake and that the only place it was put up was right near his business.
"This is really a religious statement," said Hussein Ahmed, "that is an attack on our religion which we don't feel comfortable with. We see this as a very bad insulting situation."
Rabbi Hillel Katzir of the Temple Shalom in Auburn says its the kind of incident that can't be tolerated.
"Attacking or making fun of any religion," said Katzir, "is the same as attacking and making fun of all religions. If we don't stop it here, who's next? Someboy will be next. That's guaranteed. We know that from history."
Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert says the poster gives the city an undeserved bad name. Gilbert met with members of the Somali community Friday afternoon to listen to their concerns. He says police are investigating.
Investigating what? What law has been broken? It certainly isn't something I would have done, but, the right to pass hand bills is protected by the Constitution. If Mr Ahmed wants to enjoy the benifits of a free society, he's going to have to understand that some views are going to be objectionable to him. If people start calling the police every time their religion is slighted, then the cops are going to be swamped with calls over those "Darwin fish" stickers on the bumpers of atheists cars.
Sure, they "attack of make fun of" my religion, but as an American, I believe in freedom of speech.