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The treasurer of the Virginia Republican Party is stepping down in the wake of criticism over an anti-Muslim Facebook post.

In a written statement announcing his intention to step down, Prince William County Circuit Court deputy clerk Bob FitzSimmonds was unapologetic about comments he posted on Facebook, which questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society.

FitzSimmonds says his social media post was "historically accurate," although he added that he did not want to damage the party. Republican Party chairman Pat Mullins was among those calling for his resignation, which will not take effect until the position is filled.

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