Alabama State Representative Posts Facebook Message About Specific Retailers Funding Terrorism

On Monday, state Rep. Alan Harper (R) discussed another angle to terrorism on his Facebook page by writing “The C stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians. In large part, these stores are owned by folk that send their profits back to their homeland and then in turn use these funds against our country to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction.”

Harper then suggested that his contacts should “try to shop and purchase gas and other items at American owned stores” during their holiday travels.

One user asked how they could identify a store owner. The Republican head of Alabama’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee responded, “Look behind the cash register. Most are owner/operators.”

Although he would not identify a source behind his allegations saying that his post was "taken out of context." In addition, he later told Tuscaloosa News that the post was meant “to simply say ‘buy locally and buy American.'”

36-year-old Brijesh Darji, who emigrated to the US when he was 8 years old said, “It’s not something he should’ve said. As a state representative, he should be looking out for the benefit of the state.”

Another convenience store owner, 45-year-old Jay Patel, said he and his family are often asked whether they are Arabs. Patel moved to the US from India 25 years ago. Patel's 21-year-old son, Roshan Patel, said, “He’s basically just profiling us all into the same community."

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