On Sunday, August 24, Sandwich Town Clerk Taylor D. White posted two public Facebook comments about Muslims—comments that he said yesterday were made in jest.
Mr. White posted the comments on another individual’s Facebook page after that individual posted an article about a Winooski, Vermont, restaurant that removed a sign referring to bacon that they had posted in a flower garden they had sponsored in town.
According to the article, the restaurant removed the sign after a woman, who identified herself as a vegan and a Muslim, said in an online forum that the sign was “insensitive to those who do not consume pork.”
The posting of the story drew a flurry of comments, including two from Mr. White.
At 5:56 PM Sunday, he posted, “Let’s dedicate September to ‘offend Muslims month.’ Do everything in your power to irritate the ‘religion of peace.’ These people NEED to be taught a lesson!”
At 5:57 PM, he posted, “I will be tossing a slab of bacon.”
Yesterday, August 28, two sources sent copies of Mr. White’s Facebook postings to The Sandwich Enterprise.
In a statement yesterday to the Enterprise, Mr. White said, “Those comments were obviously made in jest and in a collective building frustration to what seems to be never-ending bombardment of news from across the world involving Muslims and violence and disorder. I was referring to the larger world sense.”
Mr. White said that the individual who posted the story about the Vermont restaurant always posts random rants and raves, and that sometimes he chimes in.
“I hardly think this is newsworthy and as you know I’ve always been professional and fair to all,” he stated. “In retrospect, I should keep my frustration to myself.”
Mr. White, who had worked for Special Sheriff Jeffrey D. Perry when he was a state representative, subsequently was elected town clerk. His term runs to 2016.