Coffee Co. DA says he will not resign, apologize for Islamophobic comments

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A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media, but the prosecutor said he will neither resign nor apologize for the comments in a statement released Saturday. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that it was asking for Tennessee’s Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott to resign. The advocacy group also said it was asking the Tennessee Republican Party to “repudiate” Northcott for posting the remarks.

According to screenshots of the posts, which were first published on the blog ​TN Holler, Northcott wrote that the Islam belief system is “evil, violent and against God’s truth” and that being Muslim is no different than “being part of the KKK, Aryan Nation, etc.” Northcott made the comments while responding to a Republican candidate’s post in late April.

Northcott issued a response late Saturday night, saying he would not resign from his position or apologize for the controversial comments he made online. 

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott’s full statement: 

“Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support that you have shown me over the past couple of days. It has been truly humbling. I am honored to serve as your District Attorney. Rest assured, I am not resigning. If they figured I would apologize for calling hate in any form evil, they miscalculated. If they expect me to denounce my faith because of their tactics, they are going to be disappointed.

A couple of Scriptures have come to mind as I have been dealing with this. 1 Peter 2:20-21 is the main one that kept coming to the forefront of my mind. This minor tribulation is nothing compared to what many others suffer daily and certainly insignificant to the suffering that our Lord and Savior endured so that I and everyone else can be redeemed through faith in Christ’s substitutionary death, burial and resurrection. I have also been reminded how important our daily walk with the Lord is. Hopefully, when the next attack comes, 1 Peter 2:12, 15 can be said to apply to me.

Thank you again for your support and allowing me to serve as your District Attorney.”

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates. 

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