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Dallas city councilor calls Islamic faith "pure evil" in Facebook rant

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A city councilor is creating a firestorm of controversy Wednesday, in the small town of Dallas, after calling the Islamic faith "pure evil"

In the rant, posted on Facebook, Councilor Micky Garus begins by acknowledging he will likely hear some backlash from the post.

He continues with lines like, “Those whom practice the Islamic faith, “Muslims,” pose a grave threat to our culture, country and race.” Garus even goes on to say that he “does not like or agree with anything Muslims stand for and, I believe the Islamic faith is pure evil.”

Micky Garus is still in his first term as city councilor. He says it’s his first amendment right to post whatever he wants to his Facebook page and in this case he was voicing his own personal opinions. 

However many in the small town, don’t agree with what he did. Tons of people fired back at Garus on social media, including Lee Goodrich who says she’s known Garus since he was a kid.

“I didn’t expect to see a rant like that, especially one that comes on city council page,” said Dallas resident Lee Goodrich. “I love this town, and we don’t think like that, that’s not Dallas.”

Even some of his fellow city councilors don’t seem to support what Garus did.

“That’s not the way I feel about it, or other city councilors feel about it,” said councilor Murray Stewart.  “I don’t agree, endorse or take any matter in this, and I don’t condone it. I think we need to be very careful in how we say things.”

Dallas Mayor Brian Dalton sent FOX 12 a statement saying in part:

The statements made by Mr. Garus on his private social media pages do not represent or reflect the views of our City Council or government, my views as Mayor, or my personal views.  In my experience (I am 4th generation Dallas) they are also far from the cultural norms of our community.   It would not be in the purview of the Council to take action against him for statements he has made in a personal capacity on his own social media site.  As offensive as his statements may be to many people, his right to make them is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and we have to respect that.”

Garus did not want to talk to FOX 12 Wednesday about the post and told our crew to check his Facebook page once again for his comment. 

That post says in part: “I swore an oath to uphold the constitution and in that oath I seek to uphold freedom and liberty.”

Mayor Dalton also stressed that the “Micky Garus for Dallas City Council” Facebook page is not an official city account, rather his personal account, and the rant, was his own personal opinions.

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