TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A New Jersey school board member is refusing to resign or apologize for social media posts disparaging two Muslim congresswomen and Islam.
Dan Leonard said at a Toms River school board meeting Wednesday he has a right to free speech as over a dozen speakers chastised him for his personal Facebook posts.
In a post about Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib urging a hunger strike over U.S. treatment of migrants, he wrote: "my life would be complete if she/they die." In another post he described Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, also a Muslim, as a terrorist.
He also shared a derogatory meme with an image of a bruised "Sharia Barbie' doll in a headscarf.
Leonard said he opposes "Sharia law," not Muslims.
He was elected in 2016 and is seeking re-election this year.