A Conservative Derbyshire councillor said he is "in no way racist" after calling for a ban on the burka and saying there are an "excessive amount" of mosques.
Cllr Henry Thompson, who represents Heanor East on Amber Valley Borough Council, made the comments on a recent Facebook post underneath a national newspaper story about banning the head covering.
He has since been suspended from the party, pending an investigation.
After the post came to light, he told the LDRS that “in no way am I racist" and that his comments were in relation to security concerns.
"None of this was me taking a jab at Islam, because I have nothing against people from different backgrounds wanting to be part of a chosen religion," he added.
He apologised for any offence caused but added he was writing in a personal capacity and stood by what he said.
The borough council's Labour leader has called for him to resign.