It seems free speech doesn't include criticism of certain religions these days. John Jamason, a public information officer for Florida's Palm Beach County, is facing discipline for posting a 9/11 message critical of Islam on his private Facebook page, The Blaze reported Saturday.
“Never forget. There is no such thing as radical Islam. All Islam is radical. There may be Muslims who don’t practice their religion, much like others. The Quran is a book that preaches hate,” the message, posted on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, said.
"It was just my opinion on this day about that specific event and that religion," he said. "There weren't any fundamentalist Christians on planes, flying into buildings on this particular day. Have Christians committed atrocities? Of course."
"The point is, the people that are attacking our embassy in Libya, and attacking our soldiers, and doing things to us all around the world, are Muslims," he added.
County Administrator Bob Weisman says he is considering disciplinary action against Jamason.
According to Weisman, if Jamason were not a “merit system employee who is protected by State law from arbitrary termination” he could have been fired by now.
“If he was an at-will employee, for which I do have more discretion, I would be considering his termination today for the ignorance of his comments and that they are hurtful to part of our community,” Weisman said.
Jamason defended his comments and offered no apology.
“If I owe anybody an apology, it would be the county commissioners and county administration just for the fact that you’re all on my porch. No, I don’t think I owe anybody an apology, I didn’t say anything offensive," he said.
Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is demanding all emails that were sent to or from Jamason’s county email address within the last three days, as well as anything sent or received within the last 60 days that dealt with Muslims, Muslim organizations, the Muslim community, Islam, Islamic organizations or Islamic centers.
CAIR also wants any communications sent by Jamason from any county computer within the last 30 days, the Palm Beach Post said, including social media comments.
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