- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An Alabama state representative is receiving backlash for a Facebook post urging residents to avoid foreign-owned convenience stores, which he argued could be using profits to fund terrorism.

“I have posted regarding this issue once before and believe it worth another read,” Alan Harper, a Republican representing Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties, wrote Monday on Facebook. “As you travel during the holidays or any other time, please try to shop and purchase gas and other items at American owned stores.

“The C stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians,” he continued. “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. I realize I am “painting with a broad brush” here, but the madness has to stop. Please join me in making the extra effort to never support these stores/shops! I am trying to do my part and I know you will to.”

The post drew mixed reviews on Mr. Harper’s page. Many accused him of spreading fear and hatred, while others supported his notion to buy American.

“Isn’t it funny when things are taken out of context,” Mr. Harper wrote in the thread. “Please buy American every chance you get to build our local economies…where we know the revenues stay here in the good old United States of America! May God Bless!”

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