Texas official under fire for Islamophobic Facebook post

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is picked to pieces for a post suggesting Hiroshima type action on Muslim world

Texas official under fire for Islamophobic Facebook post

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Texas official Sid Miller refuses to apologize for a shared post on Facebook, which suggested that an atomic bomb should be dropped on "the Muslim world." The Texas Department of Agriculture claimed Miller did not personally share the post, but simply reposted it. 

The Facebook post by Texas Agriculture Commissioner depicts a mushroom cloud, saying Japan has "been at peace" with the United States since the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in August 1945. The post's caption goes on to state, "It's time we made peace with the Muslim world."

The post appeared on Miller's page during the weekend, but was removed on Monday, Associated Press reported.

Miller's political consultant, Todd Smith said that "Islamic terrorists", Iran and U.S. President Barack Obama should apologize to Miller's critics. 

"We think those are all issues that deserve an apology and are much more serious than a thought-provoking Facebook post," Smith said.

Smith said Miller was not the person who shared the post.

"We’re not going to apologize for the posts that show up on our Facebook page," said Smith. "I don’t know who did it, but I’m not going to start a witch hunt to find out who did."

Smith also claimed that Miller's position is not to drop an atomic bomb on Muslims, rather he is deeply concerned with national security. 

Shortly before being sworn into office in January, Miller described what kept him up at night while speaking at a political forum.

"I do have some long-range concerns as I hold those two grandbabies on my lap, and I happen to wonder: When they have grandbabies to hold in their lap, will we be a socialist country? Will we be a Muslim country?"

The Texas Democratic Party called the post hate speech and xenophobic.

"It is unacceptable for Republican Sid Miller to be promoting such disgusting rhetoric. Sadly, this kind of racist, xenophobic hate speech qualifies you for higher office with Republicans' Tea Party fringe base," Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2015, 11:38