Wakulla County, Florida, Commission Chairperson Ralph Thomas posted a picture on Facebook of some Muslims legally praying on Mashes Sands Beach on Oct. 3. The photograph caused an uproar on social media and at a recent commission meeting (video below).
With the picture, Thomas wrote the caption, "Walked up on this at Mashes Sands this evening! First time seeing this in Wakulla County."
Some of the Facebook responses included:
Doesn't surprise me, I'm telling you, it is scary!
Don't worry they said. It won't happen here they said. Good awareness I say. Thanks Ralph.
What in the world ??
I'm speechless!!! And that say's a lot for me! In Wakulla??? Oh, our Lord!!!
The outrage didn't end on Facebook, but spilled into a commission meeting on Oct. 5, reports WTXL.
"I don't have the answer, but we need to come up with one fast," Wakulla County Sheriff's Candidate Will Dance said. "Because I did see a group of young, military-age Muslim men who don't live in our county praying on our beach."
The heated discussion over the prayer picture brought up a recent choice to put "In God We Trust" on a wall where the commission meets, Christmas lights and Christmas spirit.
Vanessa Moore, a local resident who says her son is one of the people in the prayer photo, told WTXL that she was outraged over the reaction and added that people of any religion should be allowed to pray wherever they choose.