The spokesman for a local anti-Islam group, which recently organised a protest against Syrian refugees in Texas, published the names and addresses “of every Muslim and Muslim sympathiser that stood up for … Sharia tribunals in Irving (Texas, United States).”
The list of names which was replicated from an Irving city document that contained the private information of people who signed up to speak against a state bill targeting the influence of Islam in America was posted on Facebook by David Wright III, but has since been removed, reported Dallas Morning News.
Wright has been identified by the newspaper as the spokesperson for the Bureau of American Islamic Relations (BAIR) , a play on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Earlier, members of the group gathered outside an Islamic center to denounce “the Islamisation of America”, during which a man in military fatigues, carrying a large backpack and an American flag, barged into a mosque in San Antonio to berate worshippers.
That incident prompted a school attached to the mosque to cancel classes and revise its security measures.
“They had guns. They had a flag. They had a Ted Cruz sign and one that read ‘Stop the Islamization of America.’” reported The Washington Post.
This week, on his personal Facebook page, Wright wrote: “We should stop being afraid to be who we are! We like to have guns designed to kill people that pose a threat in a very efficient manner.”
“My gun is an assault weapon, it is for the sole purpose of assaulting anyone who tries to hurt or kill me or mine. Why is that wrong? How is that bad? It’s a weapon designed to assault people not animals so… I can’t think of any other way to explain it,” he added.
The members of the armed group that gathered outside the mosque said they were moved to protest after the Paris attacks, Dallas Morning News noted in an editorial slamming the move.
This is not Irving’s first Islam-related dispute. The city sparked global controversy in September when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested for his homemade clock which was mistaken for a bomb. The teen was led out of his Texas school after a teacher mistook his homemade digital clock for a bomb, prompting accusations of Islamophobia and an online backlash.
This article originally appeared on TheWashingtonPost