A Morpeth town councillor has claimed he was referring to extremists rather than a whole religion after comments that apparently criticised Islam.
A Facebook post by Coun David Clark, that appeared on Saturday, has been criticised by residents on social media and it was brought to the attention of the Tell MAMA organisation, which measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents.
In response, Coun Clark said: “I abhor extremism of any kind and I was referring to extremists and not Islam as a whole.
“I’m very disappointed that some people have attempted to make cheap political points regarding the terrible tragedy in Paris last Friday and they should be ashamed of themselves.
“I, along with most right-thinking people, am disgusted and angered by ISIS and the murders they commit – they can’t be condemned in strong enough terms.”
He added: “This is my personal opinion and therefore it does not represent the views of any council I am a member of. I will not dignify the questioners with any further response.”