U.S. Commissioner refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim picture

In the photo, a double-barreled shotgun is pointed at the viewer with the caption “HOW TO WINK AT A MUSLIM.”

U.S. Commissioner refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim picture

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Tennessee County Commissioner doesn’t see anything wrong with a Facebook post he put up that led to Muslims feeling threatened.

The photo was posted to Coffee County commissioner Barry West‘s Facebook page, U.S. website Think Progress reports, drawing consternation from Muslim groups who came across the image.

In the photo, a double-barreled shotgun is pointed at the viewer with the caption “HOW TO WINK AT A MUSLIM.” The image soon went viral, causing West to take down the original post from his page. The Tennessean reached out to West and the commissioner not only isn’t sorry about posting the picture, he doesn’t believe he deserves to be singled out.

“I’m prejudiced against anyone who’s trying to tear down this country, Muslims, Mexicans, anybody,” he said in an interview with the local Tullahoma News, according to the report.

West’s post was taken quite seriously among the Muslims who viewed it, particularly those in Tennessee who have faced down Islamophobia over the past several years. A mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, gained widespread attention when residents attempted to block its construction, going so far as to set the site on fire. The mosque only managed to complete construction and opened after a federal judge ordered residents to stand aside.

The Murfreesburo site was just one of several Islamic centers in Tennessee subjected to arson and vandalism over the past five years.

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