Coffee County Commissioner Barry West's suggestion that Muslims are best greeted behind the barrel of a rifle follows a string of anti-Muslim acts in Tennessee in recent years, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Wednesday.
West, who lives in Manchester, Tenn., placed an image of a man with a shotgun on his Facebook page above the phrase "How to wink at a Muslim."
He removed the posting after an hour but it had already gone viral.
West said he shared the image but didn't create it.
He did not apologize.
"This may just be a picture to him, but for us it is very threatening," said Drost Kokoye, a board member of the American Muslim Advisory Council.
Nashville resident Sabina Mohyuddin said there are fewer than 50 Muslims living in Coffee County.