Protesters demand official apologize for anti-Muslim Facebook post
LEWISTOWN, MIFFLIN COUNTY, Pa. (WPMT) -- An anti-Islam Facebook post, by a Mifflin County commissioner has demonstrators demanding an apology, or a resignation.
It's why some said free speech doesn't come without consequences.
Mifflin County commissioners held a workshop session inside the courthouse Thursday morning which only lasted a few minutes, but the discussion held by demonstrators outside the building is ongoing.
Alysha Snook said "intolerance is not going to be tolerated forever, and it's time that something happens, we have to stand up, speak out, strike back."
The Facebook post by a Mifflin County commissioner against Islam is what's at issue, but some say what's at stake is our right to free speech.
Pastor Bob Pyle "freedom of speech was put here by the founding fathers, so that we always have that liberty, and we don't want to take that liberty away from anybody."
Shari Mundy said "she could have posted, and she did, on her own personal, but she felt the need to put it in the county, Lisa Nancollas Mifflin County commissioner, that's where the problem lies."
Lisa Nancollas' post got a lot of attention, but it's not the kind of recognition for which some want Mifflin County to be known.
A demonstrator who used the name "Katy" said "it makes us look bad, it makes us all look bad."
"You don't have to be Muslim to be a terrorist. she's irritated a lot of people, and she's going to bring them right to our town," Mundy said.
"She's entitled to whatever opinion she likes, but the statements she made, she made as a representative of our community, and i don't believe she should be able to do that without being made accountable," "Katy" said.
"Nobody wants to take away freedom of speech," Mundy said.
Afterall, these demonstrators say they're exercising their right as well.
Harry Geedey said "what she did was against our freedom of religion. She needs to issue a full apology, or if age can't do that, she should resign her position."
"Step down or keep your opinions to yourself," Snook said.
The group plans to share it's thoughts about Nancollas' during the public comment segment at the next commissioner meeting.