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Middle TN commissioner's Facebook post frightens Muslims
by Heidi Hall
A Coffee County commissioner's Facebook post suggesting Muslims are best greeted from behind a rifle barrel is prompting demands for an apology.
Commissioner Barry West's post follows a string of anti-Muslim acts throughout Middle Tennessee in recent years, including at least four incidents of mosque vandalism. Opposition to a new mosque in Rutherford County was so strong it took federal Justice Department intervention to open it last year.
West played no active role in any of those incidents. He just put an image on his Facebook page, which shows a man aiming a shotgun under the phrase "How to wink at a Muslim." But even that put a chill through Muslims in Middle Tennessee.
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