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Springer Feels He is Victim in School Board Discussions

June 07, 2018 - 9:02 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - O'Fallon Illinois school board member Steve Springer says he feels like the victim in the on-going controversy over his recent comments about transgender persons, Muslims and social justice.

He singles out the email recovered through the Freedom of Information Act that asked "What's next, a place for little Muhammad to wash his little feet and face Mecca three times a day?"...

“I find that to be a very sad state of affairs that you can put out one sentence that uses Mohammad and Mecca in the same sentence and all of a sudden be attacked as a xenophobe and an islamaphobe. They actually said that I hate little Muslim children, and that is just insane,” he says.

Springer tells KMOX's Mark Reardon that while the "verbage" in that quote could have been chosen better, he stands by the main message.

He also feels he's been unfairly labelled a "racist" since he objected to the public reading of a book on social justice featuring a young African American girl as the central character.

“The fact that I objected to the social justice presentation at all, they decided that they would declare me to be a racist and a bigot and misogynist. That’s how this really got started,” he says.

He adds that despite heavy opposition at recent school board meetings, he has his share of quiet supporters throughout the community.