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Middle TN commissioner apologizes for Facebook post about Muslims

May 2nd, 2013 1:44 pm by Nicole Young

Middle TN commissioner apologizes for Facebook post about Muslims

A Coffee County commissioner under fire for a Facebook post suggesting the best way to wink at a Muslim is from behind a shotgun barrel issued a public apology Wednesday.
Commissioner Barry West can be heard apologizing in an 11-second audio clip on the Facebook page of the American Center for Outreach, a Tennessee-based, nonpartisan organization created to inform, educate and empower Muslims.
“I want to issue a heartfelt sincere apology to anyone that I have offended or hurt in my sharing of a Facebook post,” West says on the audio clip. The post, which went up Saturday and read “How to wink at a Muslim,” was tweeted by Muslim groups and went viral.

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