‘Douche du Jour’: Sheriff’s “Little Fag Jew Boy” Facebook Comment Brings Call for Resignation
An Illinois sheriff who made an anti-Semitic, homophobic comment on Facebook has drawn a call for his resignation from a statewide gay and lesbian group.
The Jacksonville Journal-Courier reports that longtime Schuyler County Sheriff Don Schieferdecker commented on a Facebook photo of a co-worker, calling him a “little fag Jew boy.” Schieferdecker, who was new to Facebook, didn’t realize that everyone could see what he wrote.
Schieferdecker’s highly insensitive remark has led to a call for his resignation from the Civil Rights Agenda, an Illinois lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. “When a comment is made in jest to a friend, that’s one thing when you’re a citizen,” Civil Rights Agenda executive director Anthony Martinez told the Journal-Courier. “But when you’re an elected official who is looked to to protect the citizens of Illinois, that position comes with a fair amount of responsibility. For us, looking at that comment, there’s really no way, being in that position, to publicly state something overtly like that and not have it be over the line.”
Scott Thompson, mayor of the Schuyler County town of Rushville, called Sheriff Schieferdecker his “friend.” “But I will not speak to his heart of thoughts. I do, however, want to speak to my responsibility as mayor. I do not condone language which conveys discrimination or prejudice due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin. Such language would reflect poorly upon the individual and the community.”
The Schuyler County Board has yet to decide what action to take against Schieferdecker, who has been Schuyler County Sheriff for more than 30 years.
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