Republican Rep. Molly White of Texas is stirring up controversy with an anti-Islam post she made to her Facebook page.
"Let's ban ISLAM and all those who cower to it,” the post read, which included a link to a piece on a conservative website discussing a ban an Italian school made on Christmas festivities because the holiday allegedly insulted Muslims, KXXV reports.
The post has been deleted from Facebook by the social media company, and White posted an angry comment in response.
“As you can see FB deleted my comment earlier today because I called out who and what is the enemy of America,” White wrote on Facebook Dec. 4. “Where does FB get off prohibiting freedom of speech for some, like me, yet allow terrorist, terrorist groups, ISIS and the like promote terrorism and recruit members on their FB pages?
“They also allow hate speech and threats against conservatives and Christians but not allow us to speak the truth. They side with our enemy against their fellow Americans. We must not be intimidated from speaking the truth. Time for us all to dump FB.”
Hugh Shine, White’s opponent in the upcoming election, released the following statement in response to her anti-Islam post.
"It's easy to say "Let's ban all Muslims from immigrating to the U.S." But what's the plan? How do you get around the Constitution? There's no action behind saying you are going to do something like ban an entire religion,” Shine said. “Molly claims to be a Constitutional Conservative, but she has no qualms with breaking the law when it comes to trendy promises."
White is no stranger to controversy.
On Texas Muslim Capitol Day in January, White took to Facebook to express how Muslims who visit her office must behave, Yahoo News reported.
"Today is Texas Muslim Capital [sic] Day in Austin," White posted to Facebook. "The House is in recess until Monday. Most Members including myself are back in District. I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws. We will see how long they stay in my office."
White received numerous criticisms for the post, but defended her actions.
"I do not apologize for my comments above," she wrote. "If you love America, obey our laws and condemn Islamic terrorism then I embrace you as a fellow American. If not, then I do not."
White is also a supporter of the lawsuit Texas has initiated against the federal government to ban Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state. She shared a link to Facebook of a story on the case with the caption, “And, we will win!” earlier this month.