Group calls for resignation of Illinois sheriff after anti-gay, anti-Semitic slur on Facebook

Sheriff Don Schieferdecker
Sheriff Don Schieferdecker

The sheriff of Schuyler County, Ill., Don Schieferdecker, is fighting calls for his resignation after an anti-gay and anti-Semitic slur.

On his Facebook page, he Schieferdecker commented on a friend’s photo by writing, “Yup and his mouth is open, his glasses are off, he’s ready, little fag Jew boy.”

Schieferdecker called it a harmless joke and said he was extremely sorry.

The Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT group, called for his resignation. They asked the mayor and town council of the small, rural city in downstate Illinois to ask Schieferdecker to step down.

The sheriff responded by saying it’s an embarrassing situation but he has no intentions of resigning. AOL News picked up the story today.

A spokesperson for the LGBT group said the apology shows no remorse.

—  David Taffet