(CBS) — Since Sunday, a 58-year-old Chicago man has been standing outside Water Tower Place a few times a day, holding a sign that says, “Muslims Welcome. This Land is Your Land.”
And he’s gotten a lot of attention.
“I’ve never had my picture taken so many times in all my life.”
Ralph Braseth, blond-haired and blue-eyed, dressed in a suit and tie, holds his pro-Muslim sign at Michigan and Pearson. And he attracts comments.
“I appreciate your standing out here. You must be freezing,” says one woman.
“I am. I forgot my hat,” Braseth replies.
Most people have been friendly, he says.
“But not always,” he adds. “Today I had three guys that came up, and they were bad-mannered. They just asked me if I wanted to stick that sign up where the sun doesn’t shine.”
Braseth says standing with the sign makes him uncomfortable, but he’s there three times a day.
“I just think the message is important.”