This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
An Oklahoma sheriff has become the latest to use his official position to scare his citizens into believing that a jihadist attack is on the way. However, Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony has taken that fear-mongering a step further and actually called for his citizens to go out and get guns to arm themselves against this supposedly impending Muslim attack. The letter, sent out to all citizens, reads:
Because of the recent attack in San Bernardino California and across our nation, Radical Islam is bringing the fight to our homeland and killing innocent citizens. As you know, the world is becoming more violent towards Americans. As your Sheriff of Carter County, I am joining other sheriffs across the country urging you as citizens of this county to exercise your Second Amendment right to bear arms. I urge you as citizens to apply and follow the guidelines and laws to obtain your permit to carry a handgun. Times are changing and we live in a more violent world. It may come a time that you as citizens may be called upon to defend the citizens of this county against all enemies foreign and domestic that want to do us harm or kill us. By no means do I want to scare anyone, but the attacks are real. God bless each and every one of you and God Bless our county and the United States of America.
Here is an image of the letter, as posted to Facebook:
It is this kind of rhetoric that is responsible for the increased attacks on Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims, as well as mosques and other Islamic organizations. These people are inciting fear, hate and violence against a specific group of Americans via their official positions and on the taxpayer dime. This should not be tolerated, and this man should not be a sheriff. He clearly would never have any intention of serving and protecting all citizens equally.
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