Texas Gun Instructor Refuses to Teach Muslims, Comes Under Fire
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2011 Nov 01
On a YouTube clip that has gone viral, Texas handgun instructor Crockett Keller defiantly tells Muslims and non-Christian Arabs he won't teach them how to handle a firearm -- and now his license to teach is at risk, according to CNSNews.com. The ad for Keller's business, which aired on the rural country music station in his hometown of Mason, has come under fire from state officials, who see the ad as possible discrimination and are investigating whether to revoke or suspend his instructor license. "Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor's certification ... at risk," the Texas Department of Public Safety said. The Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations has also decried the ad as "ugly rhetoric," and Keller has received alleged death threats, but he has also won over some fans: "It's mighty dadgum interesting to be that some people can say anything they want, and you make a statement and they bring down the house on you," said rancher Clyde McCarley, who expressed interest in signing up for Keller's class.