Organization speaks out against Kalkaska Village President
KALKASKA COUNTY —
A statewide organization is speaking out against the Kalkaska Village President, after several of his social media posts sparked concerns from people all over northern Michigan.
The Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote in a press release calling for "political and religious leaders in that state and nationwide to repudiate a genocidal post by an elected official, for which that individual is refusing to apologize."
Last month, community members in Kalkaska expressed concerns about several of Kalkaska Village President, Jeff Sieting's posts on his Facebook page.
Of those, included an article that Sieting shared, with a caption that referenced Muslims and said, "Kill Them All - Every Last One."
Sieting says they are his opinions and he has a right to them.
But CAIR-MI calls these comments concerning, and wants to see Sieting removed from his position.
"But short of that, I would like to see from that village and the surrounding areas a very strong powerful message sent, that we cannot accept the unacceptable. And his genocidal type speech should be unacceptable in our country if we say that we live in a civil society," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
"You'll have to throw me out of here," Sieting said. "I will not leave this position, I guarantee you. I've done nothing to negate my sworn oath and responsibilities to this community."
Sieting says he has a lot of people that are standing behind him.
Walid says they've already heard from several business owners in the Kalkaska area who are concerned for their safety.