The entire message read “2000 years ago Jesus Christ made headlines turning water into wine … the tradition continues … We turn money into beer (Sorry No Muslims)”.
The image has been shared widely on social media, attracting both condemnation and support.
Anti-Islamic sentiments have been on rise in Australia since last week’s Sydney cafe siege, with Twitter phenomenon like illridewithyou acting as a counter movement.
The restaurant’s owner, John Hawkes, says he’s received more than 200 phone calls in 24 hours.
“While the great majority are in support of free speech and are of patriotic sentiment, we have fielded too many abusive and threatening calls…For this, I apologise to my family,” he told the ABC.
Longreach mayor Joe Owens insisted the town and region welcomes all Muslims, or any other religion or race.
Sources: Daily Sabah, The Australian
Photo sources: Twitter/@incog_guy,@felicitydotnet