Screen grab of anti-Muslim post by official goes viral

May 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM

MANCHESTER, Tenn., May 1 (UPI) -- An anti-Muslim posting by a Tennessee county commissioner went viral after Muslim groups tweeted a screen grab of his post.

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.

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