Gilder's post continued: "This makes me wonder, how far have terrorists infiltrated America?" Despite going to Le Monde for years without any trouble, Gilder decided the owners must be terrorists because of their religion.
Since Gilder made his post public, word got around. Many of Le Monde's loyal customers were quite unhappy about the bigotry directed toward a longtime member of their community. Gilder tried to defend himself, saying, "I’m not a bigot. If you want to call me anything, a vigilant patriot."
One local resident, Ty Hostetler, wanted to do his part to combat bigotry and stand up for Le Monde and its owners. So he created Support Le Monde Day on Facebook. It quickly drew the interest of others who wanted to show their support.
As you would expect, Ghassan was touched by the turnout. "I want to thank everyone come into Le Monde and support us," he said. "I really, I love you guys. I love Wichita. I love everybody coming to see us."