A bookstore in Denver named Isis – not that ISIS – but rather the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage, and wisdom – was vandalized by a group of nitwits whose time would have been better spent reading a few of the books inside the store, rather than trashing the store and its sign.
Writes The Associated Press on Nov. 19: “A Denver-area store called Isis Books & Gifts wants the world to know its name comes from the Egyptian goddess of healing and motherhood, and it isn’t a retail store run by terrorists. Co-owner Jeff Harrison says the suburban Denver store has been vandalized five times in the past year or so, probably by people who mistake the name for ISIS, one of the acronyms for the Islamic State terrorist group.”
The store has been in business for 35 years, and has carried the name Isis since its beginning. In recent years however, as the Islamic State militants have stepped up their terror attacks, the bookstore has become a point of contention in Englewood, especially among some evidently very uneducated folks.
“We’re all very heartbroken [about the Paris attacks] so I don’t know if somebody walking down the street just saw our name on the sign and kind of lost it for a moment and threw a rock through it,” the shop’s owner Karen Charboneau-Harrison wondered. “Or if it was an ignorant person who actually thought this was a bookstore for terrorists, I don’t know.”
The bookstore has a claim open with their insurance company, and local police are investigating, but from the community, Charboneau-Harrison is requesting “protective energy.” She also said she is not changing the name of her store.
In a Facebook post, she wrote:
“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, magic, 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.”
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Adds CNN: “The ISIS moniker isn’t a headache just for the Denver bookstore. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, more than 270 products or business names among active federal trademarks use ‘ISIS.’ They range from pharmaceutical companies to wig makers to phone apps.”