published Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Muslim groups outraged by Tennessee official's post

A number of local and national Islamic advocacy groups are calling for an apology from Coffee County Commissioner Barry West after he apparently posted an anti-Muslim meme on his Facebook page.
A number of local and national Islamic advocacy groups are calling for an apology from Coffee County Commissioner Barry West after he apparently posted an anti-Muslim meme on his Facebook page.
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COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. — A number of local and national Islamic advocacy groups are calling for an apology from Coffee County Commissioner Barry West after he apparently posted an anti-Muslim meme on his Facebook page.

It shows a man aiming a gun and bears the words, "How to wink at a Muslim."

The American Muslim Advisory Council urged Twitter readers, "Demand Coffee County Commissioner Barry West apologize for his hateful post on Saturday. Call him now," the Nashville Tennessean reported.

West responded in an email that he "did not create this picture ... yes I shared it ... so why am I being singled out?"

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