Hardware store fires GOP official over anti-Muslim Facebook rants: We won’t tolerate bigotry
The chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party in Minnesota has lost his day job after attacking Muslims on his Facebook page.
Bob and Sue Kulbeik, owners of Hardware Hank store in Ortonville, said Sunday they fired Jack Whitley for his “inflammatory remarks against Muslims and others.”
“This is NOT a view we share and we are saddened to know that this has become such a horrible reflection on Big Stone County, our community, and our business.
I’m not sure when it became the norm for one individual with flawed thinking to become the spokesperson for an entire area. How is it OK for his words to be dumped on all of us as our collective belief? This is so far from the truth it is amazing to think that it is even considered that we all feel the same,” they wrote in a Facebook post.
Whitley had written on his Facebook page that he opposed waterboarding terrorists because he believed that Muslim “parasites” should be killed.
In response to criticism about the statement, the GOP chairman doubled-down. Whitley said Muslims should either convert to Christianity or leave the United States, and that Muslims don’t deserve First Amendment rights because Islam “infringes on the peace and the tranquility of this nation.”
The Kulbeiks said they were previously unaware of Whitley’s controversial views.
“Let’s be clear. At no time were we aware of this person’s views. At no time were these views expressed within our presence and had they been, we would have dealt with it immediately. Having said that, it is clear that this person has brought shame to us personally, to our business, our community, our county and the Republican Party. His actions must be addressed and for our part we will definitely do so. We will not tolerate this type of bigotry within our business family.”