Oklahoma Man Opposes Muslim Woman's Picture (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Chad Grensky recently voiced his objection to a picture of a Muslim woman that appears on the side of a Pioneer Library System car in Norman, Oklahoma (video).

The library system's fleet of cars feature people of different races.

"That's what all of these images are to express, the diversity in our service area," Anne Masters, the Pioneer Library System's executive director, told KFOR.

However, Grensky told the news station: "I come out of the library, and I see a public vehicle that is paid for by the taxpayers' money that displays ... a picture of a lady in Islamic attire."

According to Grensky, the woman's clothing represents Islam, and the picture should be removed from the government vehicle.

"What I have a problem with is we can't put a nun on the side of that car because she's wearing a head garment," Grensky added. "We have to remove 'In God We Trust' from our police cars."

The picture makes no mention of Allah, and not all Catholic women dress as nuns; only those who are directly serving the Catholic Church do so. Muslim women, regardless of their service, are expected to wear this traditional clothing, although not all do.

Grensky complained to the Pioneer Library System, where administrators said this was the first time they received such a complaint.

"We don't believe that image is promoting a religion," Masters stated. "We think it is expressing a culture."

"If Pioneer Public Library, Norman Public Library, wants to display someone of faith, the way to do that is to do all faiths," Grensky countered.

The news station sent the picture of the Muslim woman to the state's ACLU executive director, which often litigates against the promotion of religion by government.

The ACLU director said that depicting someone in religious clothing doesn't necessarily violate laws.

Grensky told KFOR that he is not racist, but he did post what appears to an anti-Muslim meme about Muhammad on his Facebook page on July 26 with the caption: "I would never insult anyone's religion. All I'm saying is that God would never choose a goat-humping throat-slitting pedophile to be his messenger."

Grensky also posted a meme that included a picture of a woman in military gear on his Facebook page on Aug. 30 with the caption: "Islam says women should cover their head. Is Kevlar good enough for you?"

Sources: KFOR, Chad Grensky/Facebook (2) / Photo credit: KFOR via YouTube

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