Texas city council members censure colleague over anti-Islam Facebook post

Source: Religion News Service

Demonstrators in Plano, Texas, on Feb. 18, 2018, outside a city council meeting called to address council member Tom Harrison’s anti-Islam post to Facebook. RNS photo by Bobby Ross Jr.

PLANO, Texas (RNS) — The city council of heavily Republican Plano has voted to censure one of its members for an anti-Islam Facebook post — a post for which he has apologized but over which he refuses to resign.

The 7-1 vote Sunday (Feb. 18) was a decisive repudiation of the kind of exclusionary rhetoric that President Trump himself has employed. Only embattled council member Tom Harrison dissented in the vote that came during a special council meeting called to address his Tuesday re-post from a Facebook group called Joined Hands Across America For Trump.

It featured a student in a hijab and these words: “Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.”

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