El Monte City Official Taking Heat over Facebook Post About Islam

Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2015

Art Barrios, a former El Monte city councilman, shared a news article on Facebook with the headline “China makes major moves to ban Islam.” If he had stopped then, he might have been OK.

But then he added a comment: “Sounds good maybe the rest of the world should do the same.”

Facebook has not been kind to public officials in Los Angeles County recently. Or maybe it’s public officials who have not been kind on Facebook.

Last week a Silver Lake neighborhood council member resigned after posting rants on Facebook that were considered anti-Mexican and racist.

In the posts, since deleted from Facebook, Karen Speitel said that she’s been in L.A. “a loooong time and the distruction [sic] I see all over is from Mexicans. All other immigrants make pockets of this city nice. Go To Chinatown. It’s clean and fun.”


Now Barrios, an El Monte city planning commissioner is being criticized by the Council on American Islamic Relations over his Facebook comment regarding Islam.


Barrios said he was unaware of the CAIR email calling for his resignation until he was reached by a Los Angeles Times reporter Wednesday. He said he hadn’t heard any feedback on the post, which he said went up a couple of days ago.

He added that his Facebook post was in reference to Islamic extremists “that are going out and killing other people.”


CAIR called for an apology from Barrios and for his resignation.

“Neither the article nor Mr. Barrios’ comment on the article give any indication that he was talking about Muslim extremists,” said Haroon Manjlai, public affairs coordinator for CAIR-L.A. “It sounded like he was talking about the religion as a whole and that is extremely insensitive and un-American.”

Manjlai said CAIR was reaching out to Muslims who live in the area to see how they would like to proceed, as well as asking available individuals to attend El Monte’s next city council meeting to express their views on the matter.


Barrios said he has no plans to resign. He said he has since edited his Facebook post to specify that he was referring to “Islamic extremists of the world and not Islam the religion.”

“I am sorry if I have offended anyone, particularly those who practice Islam,” Barrios said he wrote in the edited post. “As an American, I welcome all and encourage open discussion and I do not wish to belittle the freedom that we have. Lastly, I wrote hastily and my point was far off from my intended thought and I’d like to apologize for it.”

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  • DaveMed

    Both CAIR and Barrios are as American as a Coca Cola commercial.

    • Michigan Patriot

      No; foreign made Levi jeans. Levi jeans corp. is so anti-Western Civilization, especially American. They are anti-gun but cowboys and other White Christian men / women had worn their jeans; that is gratitude for you .

      • John Smith

        I wear Wrangler instead.

        • Den

          Even Wranglers aren’t made in the USA anymore, but the quality is still way ahead of Levis.

          • John Smith

            At least they don’t donate to Marxist causes that I’m aware of.

          • Alexandra1973

            I get jeans mostly free at a clothing co-op or at Goodwill. Then the companies aren’t making money off me. LOL

  • dd121

    Muzzies may be flying airplanes into buildings and randomly killing people but in our new America they’re a protected class and free from criticism.

  • Alexandra1973

    If that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black…!

  • MekongDelta69

    Maybe all the ‘protected class’ minorities feeding from the trough full of OUR money, will turn on each other.

    The sooner, the better…

    • Michigan Patriot

      Hope your are right; they turned on us immediately if not sooner !

    • LHathaway

      You should have said, ‘Maybe ALL of them will turn on each other”.

  • Chip Carver

    The Silverlake area of Los Angeles is stuffed with brain-washed, trendy weak Whites who kowtow to every bit of PC dogma the usual suspects can spit in the face of Whites. So it’s no surprise Karen Speitel was tossed after speaking the truth about the soggy backs. As for Barrios, he’ll catch very little of the Hell a White male would have to endure for similar remarks.

  • CAIR vs La Raza.

    Grab the popcorn.

    • Alexandra1973


    • Michael Robert Ryan

      I can’t wait for the homo-negro fight. (Blacks are some of the most homophobic people on Earth.)

      Anyway, here’s an interesting bit of trivia: Hilda Solis is from El Monte and is married to a presumable Muslim (his surname is Arabic.) I guess it’s kind of like a new, improved multicultural version of I Love Lucy for the 21st century.

      • There are so many fault lines opening up within libtard city, mainly as a result of them having to string together a motley crew of “anyone but the gentile white cishet man,” that for what I’m thinking, the DNC next summer in Philadelphia could be one for the ages, think 1968.

  • Spaniard in LA

    The city of El Monte is one of the most anti-black cities in Los Angeles county. Black people cannot walk around without being attacked by Latino gang members.

    • Bossman

      So are these Latinos more macho and rugged than the average U.S. black male?

      • Spaniard in LA

        They receive orders from the Mexican Mafia to keep their areas free of blacks. In Highland Park, Hawaiian Gardens, and several other smaller cities black residents are harassed. I don’t know about that whole macho and rugged thing. It’s just their politics.

      • SentryattheGate

        Dream on, Bossman!

  • journey

    “Minorities” like blacks, Arabs will get a culture shock when the Hispanics become the majority in this country = don’t like it leave. That day is coming on fast.

    • Zimriel

      There will be many suspiros del moros in those days to come.

  • listenupbub

    A Muslim telling a a Mexican what is considered “unamerican?”

    America originally did not even let non-whites into the country…Now they are telling each other that America is supposed to be about allowing anyone and everyone to come to America whenever they want.

  • dondavy

    Stop f–king apologizing and tell the truth about the murderous bastards. There is no “islam” light. It’s all or nothing. Muslims are forbidden to criticize islam in any way, they cannot change anything without being charged with apostasy, which is punishable bye death.

    • Zimriel

      Muslims can work within the lines in a carefully delineated way. They are not to question the Qur’an; they are not to question the commonly-agreed-upon hadiths. Besides that they can haggle over finer points of the law.

      … and then a power-seeking jerk decides he can get a mob behind him by accusing those more-thoughtful Muslims of “Apostasy”. Moderate Muslims, when they appear, get killed.


    Beaners apologizing to sand niggs, now that’s a first.

  • superlloyd

    Islam is extremely unamerican as is CAIR, an unelected pressure group for disseminating Taqquiya and Islamic propaganda to the useful idiots with levers of power. Ignore these dirt invaders.

  • John Smith

    Americans dislike greasers and greasers hate ragheads and jigs.

  • Hilis Hatki

    All America means to most people is STUFF.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Nothing like giving two groups any forum that are backwards, ignorant and violent against anyone who defies their demands and tyranny.

    One day they will find they have pushed their threats too far.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Comments about White Christians are tolerated and often encouraged by those that object to any criticism of islam.

    Look at the fact that there is a Broadway play making fun of Mormons, yet they don’t threaten violence.

    It IS a fact that CAIR is an anti-American, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian organization that threatens any and all who criticizes Islam–a dark ages, vile, ignorant cult that needs to be stopped–or destroyed. They seek YOUR destruction.