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Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 1, 2013

Coffee County commissioner Barry West’s anti-Muslim Facebook post outraged a number of national and local Islamic advocacy groups who are calling for an apology. Although he removed the offending photo, West said he didn’t understand why he was being “singled out” for posting it. The American Muslim Advisory Council, a statewide council devoted to promoting understanding between Tennesseans and Muslims, tweeted a screen shot of West’s post and encouraged people to call him and demand he apologize. “Regardless of whether you have Muslim constituents or not, you shouldn’t post this," said Drost Lokoye, a council board member. "A shotgun with a wink behind it? I feel threatened. This is not OK." The Tennessean has the story.