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Big Stone County GOP chairman resigns after anti-Muslim comments

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The Republican Party chairman in Big Stone County has resigned his position after coming under fire for anti-Muslim comments he posted on his Facebook page earlier this month.

Jack Whitley called Muslims "parasites" and "terrorists" in the Facebook post dated Nov. 19, and his comments were widely condemned by both Republican and Democratic Party officials as well as Muslim community leaders and others.

Whitley resigned from his local Republican Party post Friday, according to the Associated Press. He told the AP he was asked by other board members to step down.

Whitley was also fired from his job at the Hardware Hank store in Ortonville earlier this week, the Star Tribune reports, because Whitley declined to back down from his comments.

The owners of the store were facing a backlash from customers, according to the Star Tribune, and they posted a statement on Facebook, saying Whitley "has brought shame to us personally, to our business, our community, our county and the Republican Party. ... We will not tolerate this type of bigotry within our business family."

Whitley's comments were first reported by Bluestem Prairie. His post on Nov. 19 said, in part:

I am opposed to waterboarding muslim terrorists, but probably not why you think.
I am opposed to waterboarding muslim terrorists because it is a waste of resources. 
They are muslims, they are terrorist, we know where they are from, we know where their buddies are, we know where thier mosque's are, we know millions of these parasites travel to Mecca every year and when...FRAG 'EM!
Simplicity. I love when it all comes together! 

“Frag" is slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.

Within a day or two, Whitley's remarks were condemned by his own Republican Party; chairman Keith Downey issued a statement that said Whitley's comments “could not be further from the Republican Party’s beliefs nor more contrary to the efforts we have undertaken to include Muslim Americans, and every American, in our Party."

Whitley did not back down from his statements, even after the widespread criticism. According to FOX, he posted this on his Facebook page, shortly before deleting his profile.

This is where I'm making my stand. Muslims inTwin Cities Area are calling for me to apologize for a comment I made on facebook about them being. parasites and we need to frag them .I will not apologize and I will not compromise .They either need to repent except [sic] Jesus Chist or leave the country .Any Muslims or group of Muslims who do not stand against Jihad Muslim terrorist are consider part and parcel with the Muslim terrorist.

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