An Alabama police chief is under scrutiny for alleged anti-Muslim Facebook posts, AL reported.
On Sept. 23, Gurley Chief Barry Pendergraft uploaded a photo to Facebook of a box of ammunition. Although the image itself is seemingly harmless, he wrote a caption which a Muslim civil rights group is calling out as anti-Islamic hate speech. Pendergraft wrote, “100 more bacon grease covered bullets in the box! This relaxes me so!!”
Then four days later, Pendergraft posted a video of himself unloading bullets into a box with the caption, “Happiness is a couple thousand rounds in the ammo box! Bacon grease dipped of course!!”
While the police chief may have been more “relaxed” knowing the bullets had been immersed in pig fat, the Alabama chapter of the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) took up their own arms against him for using the ethnic slur.
According to a press release issued by CAIR-Alabama, bullets covered in bacon grease allude to “a theme often used by anti-Muslim bigots because they falsely believe Muslims cannot enter heaven if they are shot by such ammunition.”
To make matters worse, Pendergraft refused to own up to any “anti-Muslim bigotry” for his two posts, and played ignorant regarding his captions’ Islamophobic implications.
He was reportedly “baffled” by the objections from the Muslim rights group and had “no idea” how his Facebook posts could be construed as hate speech, according to New York Daily News. He said, “These complaints are not worthy — they are below comment.”
In relation to the incident, Khaula Hadeed, CAIR-Alabama’s executive director, linked the present rise in anti-Muslim hate speech to Trump and other public figures.
GOP nominee Donald Trump told a story at one of his campaign rallies in South Carolina earlier this year in which a United States soldier shot and killed dozens of Muslims with bullets doused in pig’s blood.
Trump reportedly said, “He took 50 bullets and he dipped them in pig’s blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said, ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years there wasn’t a problem.”
While no one appreciates a gun-obsessed police officer anyhow, one would expect a little more tact on social media from someone in a leadership position within a police department.
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