Activists in Central Florida are now calling for Gov. Rick Scott to remove Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg from office, after a Wednesday protest over Greenberg’s social media posts.
The posts are considered divisive and Islamophobic, according to Young Democrats of Orange County and other groups. Greenberg’s Twitter account has since been “temporarily restricted.”
Rasha Mubarak, the president of the young Democrats group, said Greenberg’s posts were offensive. “It’s not ‘asking for a (Facebook) friend’ anymore. It’s not trying to create a healthy dialogue anymore.”
More than 60 people attended the rally, Mubarak said, chanting “Hey ho, hey ho, Greenberg’s got to go,” which parallels a hashtag Mubarak created on Twitter: #JoelGottaGo.
So far, an online petition for Greenberg’s resignation has garnered more than 1,600 signatures. There will be more efforts next week, as protesters push the governor to remove Greenberg from office.
Greenberg’s original post, which he said on Twitter that Facebook had removed, asked social media friends to name “ONE society in the developed world that has benefited in ANY WAY from the introduction of more Muslims.” His post said he was “asking for a friend.”
Two or three people showed up to the rally to support Greenberg and asked Mubarak on what grounds the groups were calling for his removal.
“We will continue to urge Joel Greenberg to come out to our mosque,” Mubarak said in a Facebook live video. “We will continue to have a dialogue with Joel Greenberg because deep down inside, we believe he has a heart.”
Greenberg has not been available for comment other than responding to critics on social media. In one twitter post he said there is “Zero. I mean zero chance I resign. Zero.”
UPDATE: All five Democratic gubernatorial candidates have condemned Greenberg’s comments as Islamophobic.