He was called the town’s ‘Resident of the Year.’ Then they saw his social networks posts.
A male in California who was to be honored as his town’s “Person of the Year” declined the award after Facebook posts of his surfaced requiring a ban on Islam and portraying a Democratic leader as a Nazi.Jim Harrison,
a previous firemen and truck driver, likewise resigned his position as a preparation commissioner for San Luis Obispo County on Friday, according to local NBC News affiliate KSBY.His resignation and decreasing of the citizenship award in Nipomo, a town about 160 miles north of Los Angeles, followed the appearing of his posts with inflammatory memes, such as one with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a framed image using a Nazi uniform.The board of the regional Chamber of Commerce that was to bestow
Dec. 11 portrayed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a framed photo wearing a Nazi uniform. A placard listed below the frame reads,”Minister of Propaganda.”A Dec. 19 post entitled “The new logo for the Democratic Celebration”shows an illustration of a donkey, frequently associated with Democrats, emblazoned with a swastika. Below the donkey are the words”socialism,” “anti-America,””anti-Jews/Israel,” “anti-2nd Modification”and”pro-eugenics.”A meme from Nov. 21 states that”America requires to close down all Mosques and ban Islam. Wager you won’t repost this. “Other posts on Harrison’s Facebook that were examined by NBC News revealed extra memes that targeted Muslims and mosques.Harrison has because gotten rid of the posts and his Facebook account but not before sharing a statement mentioned by the San Luis Obispo Tribune in an editorial.”There was a post on my Facebook that angered some people,” Harrison composed, according to the paper. “I apologize if it
stank to you. The post was deleted when this came to my attention.” The posts were found shortly after the Chamber of Commerce announced that Harrison would be honored, citing his social work for the local Rotary Club, his interest for horses and preserving riding routes, and his organization of the “Nipomo Community Thanksgiving, Fourth of July parade, and Thompson Roadway cleanup.”Local community groups– R.A.C.E. Matters, GALA, Variety Coalition of SLO County, Bend the Arc, JCC Federation and People of Faith for Justice– said in an open letter to the chamber that Harrison’s inflammatory speech overshadowed his neighborhood work which his award must be rescinded
.”Like everybody, Mr. Harrison is entitled to his political viewpoints and we take no problem with him on that account. Political agreement is not a requirement for public office or public praise. This demonstration of hatred and bigotry, however, should be an immediate disqualifier,”the letter stated.”Silence and inactiveness in the face of such habits is complicity.”
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