MASSACHUSETTS: Local candidate under fire for calling for annihilation of Muslim jihadists

Raynham School Committee candidate Ion Baleanu says he has the right to his own opinions after a stream of honest and realistic comments about Muslims  were discovered on Facebook and Twitter.

Raynham-tweet Enterprise News  Baleanu of Raynham is in a three-way contest for two Raynham seats held by incumbents Patricia Riley – the Bridgewater-Raynham committee’s chairwoman – and Louis “Tony” Ghelfi. The issue surfaced Monday when Baleanu’s campaign pitch on the “Bridgewater Residents” Facebook page prompted resident Kimberly Burke to engage him in conversation and also search his name online.

proxy

What popped up was a disconcerting stream of posts including a March 15 tweet about American students being “forced” to recognize Muslim holidays, she said. “We need to stand up, America! We need to send these barbarians back from where they come from, the 7th century,” Baleanu wrote.

B_UXH3SXEAAmP3j.jpg-large

school-holidays-sharia

On Jan. 15, referring to an Arab woman killed by militants, he said, “Yet again I repeat my claim to annihilate Muslims.”Last August, he wrote: “We will annihilate every one of you jihadists!”

Burke, of Bridgewater, said her initial reaction was “anger and shock. “As a private citizen he can believe what he wants to believe,” she said. “And he can tweet what he wants to tweet.” But once Baleanu entered the race for public office, she said the rules changed.

Non-Muslim school children being forced to pray to Allah on a mosque field trip

Non-Muslim school children being forced to pray to Allah on a mosque field trip

On Wednesday, Baleanu told The Enterprise his posts were a response to “extremism” and groups that continually call for the annihilation of the United States. “You have to fight fire with fire,” said Baleanu, who says he is a conservative Republican. “You can’t reason with these people. We have to defend ourselves.”

“Where are my rights as an American citizen to have freedom of speech?” he said. Baleanu, a Romanian emigre, earned citizenship in 2005. “I see a problem and I want to fix it for all Americans,” he said. “I haven’t seen any Muslims stand up against extremists.”

He’d get my vote.

Share