Town manager in Maine fired after anti-Muslim comments revealed

Thomas Kawcynzki was fired as town manager for espousing anti-Muslim comments.

— -- A town manager in Maine who reportedly said Islam was "not compatible with Western culture" has been fired.

Thomas Kawcynzki was ousted as town manager of Jackman, Maine, Tuesday morning.

Kawcynzki's dismissal came after the controversial comments were made public in a local newspaper and spread online.

Kawcynzki spoke to the Portland Press Herald on Jan. 19, and denied being a racist but called himself a "steward" of a group called New Albion, which he said was "defending the people and culture of New England."

Kawcynzki told the paper that the lack of diversity in northern Maine means that he's able to "experience the joys of living in a monoculture" and he opposes Islam because it is "not compatible with Western culture."

"Everyone has the right to their own views, however intolerant or racist, but no one has the right to use public office to advance those bigoted and extremist views," said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director, in a statement.

The statement was released Monday, the day before Kawcynzki was fired.

"It’s unacceptable to see people in leadership positions espousing white nationalist views. The Jackman selectmen did the right thing by removing Tom Kawcynzki from his position as town manager," Beirich said in a statement to ABC News.

Kawcynzki did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

After this morning's vote at the Jackman town office, Kawcynzki made a statement saying his firing was "without cause," according to MaineToday Media's website.

Kawcynzki said the interpretation of his comments were "inaccurate," and that he will clarify his views in the future, according to

He added: "That does not take away peoples’ constitutional rights to express them. But no citizen, without regard to what their office is, should have to give up their rights of free expression or freedom of assembly."