ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Councilman John Grasso, of Anne Arundel County Council’s District 2, is being forced to defend his social media activity.

In September, he shared a series of posts.

Including one that read, “One nation under God, not Allah…”

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He also shared an article which encouraged people to “share” if they thought the President, “…should ban Islam in American schools,”

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The Council on American Islamic Relations said complaints started rolling in Monday night.

“There are members who live in his district who are concerned about their safety,” said Zainab Chaudry, with the Council on American Islamic Relations.

When they demanded that Councilman Grasso remove the posts, he said no.

“It is extremely reckless and dangerous especially when we consider that fact that elected officials have a responsibility to treat all of their constituents equally and fairly regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or national origin,” Chaudry said.

Grasso told WJZ that these are not his views, that he was just sharing the content someone else posted.

“I don’t treat anybody different than anybody else. I see a person until proven different,” Grasso said.

Grasso said he has supported local Muslims and doesn’t believe there should be a ban on Muslim immigration. At the same time, he says, he does not want any form of religion in public schools.

The councilman is now running for state Senate.

He said he is surprised the posts received negative attention. When asked if he considered removing it, he said no.

“No, because I believe in freedom of speech and people have the right to say what they are going to say,” Grasso said.

The Council on American Islamic Relations called on Gov. Hogan to repudiate the comments.

The governor’s office said in a statement, “The governor has not and will never endorse John Grasso for anything. The governor has consistently stood up and spoken out against hate of all kinds and will continue to do so.”

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Comments (4)
  1. hmichaelh says:

    I agree with him 100%. Islam is a dangerous cult. It is not a religion. There is no such thing as a moderate or innocent moo-oo-slum. There are only moo-oo-slums who haven’t gotten their suicide belt, yet. If they believe in what the koran instructs them to do and want sharia in the USA, they are VERY dangerous people. If they don’t believe and follow those teaching, then they really aren’t moo-oo-slums, are they? They seem to want death more than the rest of the world wants and loves life. Our police and military should comply with their evil wish.

  2. Brian Westley says:

    Hmm, the only murderous lunatic I see here is hmichaelh

  3. Robert Pallone says:

    BRIAN- Please get your head out of the sand.
    The reason this is, has been, and ALWAYS will be the greatest country in the world is because
    Mr Grasso can believe, and do whatever he feels is the correct thing to do. Nobody STOPPED
    COLIN KAEPERNICK FOR HIS BELIEFS. Social injustice, police are pigs, etc. I admire Mr
    Grasso and Mr Kaepernick for the expression of their beliefs. It is NOT A QUESTION OF WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THEM, HOWEVER, IT IS. A MATTER OF THEM BEING… …ALLOWED… TO EXPRESS THEIR BELIEFS. HOPE YOU WIN MR GRASSO. GOD BLESS YOU.

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