Kalkaska Village President Jeff Sieting is standing by comments he made on his Facebook page that some view as Anti-Muslim.
Sieting says he has a right to say what he wants and his private views have nothing to do with his job as Village President.
Sieting, who owns a hotel in the area, has also come under fire for a sign supporting President Trump that hangs on the front of his business.
According to 9&10 News:
"Controversy surrounding a local leader, once again came to a head at a Village Council meeting.
A “Pray 4 Trump” sign, hanging on a hotel owned by Kalkaska Village President Jeff Sieting started the ball rolling, and a string of Facebook posts, widely seen as hateful against Muslims.
People took to the streets last Friday to protest and call for Sieting's resignation while his supporters rallied only feet away.
“It's the typical bully tactics,” said Sieting. “Listen, we have a constitution for a reason; we have a first amendment right, we have a second amendment right, so forth and so on and nothing is excluded from that.”
Sieting says he isn’t afraid to speak his peace and kept his Facebook posts public for a reason.
“I'm not asking everybody to agree with me and I can understand that it would be quite offensive to people, I understand that, I find the beliefs of some segments of our population to be extremely offensive to me but I don't go perusing their Facebook pages looking for more,” said Sieting."