A public meeting about a proposed 8,000-square-foot mosque turned ugly in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, on Nov. 17 (video below).
At least two residents called Muslims terrorists and shouted down Samer Shalaby, a trustee of the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg, who was making a presentation about the proposed mosque, WUSA9 reports.
"Every one of you are terrorists!" one man yelled. "I don't care what you say, what you think!"
Some in the room applauded.
"Shalaby, you can say whatever you want; every Muslim is a terrorist, period!" the man shouted. "Shut your mouth; I don't want to hear your mouth!"
The man then promised to do everything he could to stop the proposal.
Some attendees at the meeting were reportedly worried that the mosque would take in Syrian refugees.
Eventually, a sheriff's deputy ended the meeting.
“You keep hoping that, as we evolve in this country, that we will not completely put a blanket designation on any group ... especially for religion,” Shalaby told The Free Lance-Star.
Shalaby said there has been a mosque in the area for 15 years, and there have been no problems.
“We’ve been law-abiding citizens,” he said.