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Dallas city councilor says he will continue to fight for first amendment

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A city councilor under fire for posting controversial statements on social media tells FOX 12 he will continue to fight for the first amendment, and his right to free speech.

“At the end of the day all we can talk about is the truth, and that is what I’m here to say,” said Micky Garus.

The Facebook post from last week, written by Dallas City Councilor Micky Garus, called the Islamic faith “pure evil,” Garus also said, “Those whom practice the Islamic faith, “Muslims,” pose a grave threat to our culture, country and race.”

On Monday, the Dallas City Council met for the first time since Garus took to social media, and it was standing room only.

City officials made it clear before the meeting began, that they will not be removing Garus from his spot on council, adding that public testimony would not sway their opinion.

Still many came to share their thoughts about it all.

In the corner of the room sat a group of teens protesting councilor Garus, among them was Elliot Yoder.

“He was making some really derogatory statements,” said Yoder.

Yoder tells FOX 12 he’s offended not just by councilor’s statements surrounding those who practice the Islamic faith, but by another recent Facebook post, where Garus essentially threatened to beat up people who are transgender.

Yoder said he publicly outed himself for the first time at Monday’s meeting, to take a stand.  

“That’s a physical threat to me as I am working on using same sex facilities in my own school right now, that concerns me, it makes me afraid for my physical health,” said Yoder. “We don’t want someone like that representing our city, it makes it seem like we’re not a welcoming place.”

Others also lined up to testify before the council, and a majority of those people say they support Garus for what he wrote on Facebook.

“I wish to thank Micky for bringing these things to our attention,” said one Dallas resident.

“He said things that other people are thinking, but will never say,” said another woman in attendance.

“I have a right to say what I want, and so does that man there.  We need to get rid of the thin skin, and keep moving,” said another Dallas resident. 

Others say they are in support of the first amendment, but can’t stand behind hate.

“My challenge to you Mickey is to step up to a higher standard, lose the hate speech and express your opinion and do it in positive way,” said one Dallas resident.

 After public testimony wrapped up, FOX 12 confronted Garus about it all, who says the freedom of speech is something he will continue to fight for.

“You don’t have to agree with me and that’s the beauty of it, but I think I’ve brought awareness to issues that obviously are concern to a lot of people in this country,” said Micky Garus.  “If I’m a catalyst to start that dialogue and give people the courage to stand up and say the truth, then I’m happy to carry on that torch.”

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