A Big Stone County political official has crossed the line beyond inappropriateness and stupidity this week with recent comments concerning Muslims in America.

Jack Whitley, who is the current chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, posted a series of inflammatory remarks on his personal Facebook page attacking Muslims.

He said Muslims in Minnesota are “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggested the best solution was to “frag ’em” all.

“(Muslims) do not belong in this country,” Whitley told the Star Tribune Thursday. “They cause terror and discontent …”

This and other views by this Republican Party leader in Big Stone County are horrible, narrow-minded and, simply, just plain bigoted.

Whitley’s view certainly does not represent the beliefs of the Minnesota Republican Party or its leadership.

“I condemn the outrageous comments posted on Mr. Whitley’s Facebook page,” Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey said in a statement Thursday.

The Democrats are just as appalled.

“The level of ignorance demonstrated in Big Stone County Republican Chairman Jack Whitley’s recent Facebook posts is shocking and deeply disturbing,” said Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin in a statement Thursday.

Whitley’s comments are not only offensive to west central Minnesota residents and Muslim Americans, but are embarrassing to the state Republican Party and Minnesota.

Such a broad-based religious smear is just as despicable as past religious smears against Catholics, Jews, Mormons and other faiths.

Whitley posted Thursday on his Facebook page that he had no inclination to apologize for his beliefs. He deactivated his Facebook page later in the day.

It time for Whitley to resign from his Republican leadership post in Big Stone County.

If he fails to do so, then the Big Stone Republican Party should remove him at the earliest possible option.

West central Minnesota does not need bigoted leaders like Whitley.

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