Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, assigned the Glen Casada and Justin Jones case, has reportedly stirred up controversy of his own by criticizing the Islamic religion on Facebook.
This, according to several news outlets, who also reported that the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants Northcott to resign. CAIR also reportedly wants the Tennessee Republican Party to “repudiate” him over the posts.
Northcott did not return The Tennessee Star’s requests for comment.
In a Facebook post Saturday, however, Northcott said he will not resign.
“Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support that you have shown me over the past couple of days. It has been truly humbling. I am honored to serve as your District Attorney. Rest assured, I am not resigning,” Northcott wrote.
“If they figured I would apologize for calling hate in any form evil, they miscalculated. If they expect me to denounce my faith because of their tactics, they are going to be disappointed.”
Members of the Tennessee Republican Party’s Nashville-based headquarters did not return our repeated requests for comment.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told The Tennessee Star Friday that members of his group called for Northcott’s resignation, despite only learning about his Facebook posts earlier that day.
“I think it is clear that anyone who holds such un-American views shouldn’t be in a position to impact people’s lives through the law enforcement system,” Hooper said.
The Star asked what CAIR plans to do if Northcott does not resign.
“Well, we would have to reevaluate, but I think it is also up to the people of Tennessee, Muslims and people of all faiths, to really speak out and say this isn’t acceptable, that someone would be in a position of such power and authority over the lives of others and have these extremist, un-American, unconstitutional views.”
According to the Nashville-based WSMV, Northcott posted what the station called “multiple anti-Islam remarks” on Easter weekend.
“The original post, first surfaced by TNHoller, was from Daniel Berry, a candidate for Tullahoma Alderman. Berry asked, ‘Is it ever acceptable to stereotype an entire group who all have mixed beliefs versus letting each individual be judged based on their own actions?’” the station reported.
“The question quickly resulted in over 100 comments, including many from DA Northcott.”
According to the station, Northcott wrote the following:
“Their belief system is evil, violent, and against God’s Truth,” Northcott said of Muslims in his first comment.
“They are not evil because of their gender, skin color or country of origin. Instead, they are evil because they profess a commitment to an evil belief system,” Northcott wrote.
In the same comment thread, Northcott later wrote that ‘There are no Constitutional rights. There are God given rights protected by the Constitution.’”
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