U.S. Attorney Greeted by Hostile Crowd at Free Speech Event

U.S. Attorney Bill Kilian was greeted with jeers last night from a hostile crowd of over 300 at the "Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society" event at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee. Killian initially pitched the event as an effort at increasing understanding and tolerance of Muslims and their religious beliefs in order to improve relations between local residents and Muslim neighbors. Tension has been especially high since Coffee County Commissioner Barry West drew fire for posting a picture promoting anti-Muslim sentiments on his Facebook page. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the story.