CNN anchor Don Lemon asked Muslim human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar if he supported Islamic State group terrorists during a program on Jan. 7.
The two men were discussing the terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, reports RawStory.com (video below).
Iftikhar said the terrorist attack in France was "something that is against any normative teaching of Islam, or any religious teaching, and it's a crime against humanity and an act of mass murder."
“I think that if you surveyed the vast majority of Muslims around the world, they would certainly say that the killing of innocent civilians is not only, you know, murder, but it’s also against any normative mainstream teachings of Islam,” Iftikhar told Lemon. “Their acts are about as Muslim as abortion clinic bombers’ or gay night club bombers’ acts are Christian.”
Lemon later mentioned a poll that was reported in Newsweek in August 2014 in which 16 percent of French citizens supported Islamic Stage group, noted Mediaite.com.
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“They obviously, you know, they obviously have sympathies for that ideology,” stated Iftikhar. “I don’t think that would mean they would justify the killing of innocent civilians or murdering people on the streets.”
Newsweek reported that the poll was about people's attitudes towards Islamic Stage group, also called ISIS.
“...Again in August, 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS,” Lemon asked. “Would you describe those who support ISIS as Islamic extremists? Do you support ISIS?”
Iftikhar replied, “Wait, did you just ask me if I support ISIS? Don, I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16 percent of people support the ideology, but again, I don’t think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people. You can have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people.”
However, Iftikhar did not say specifically if he did or did not support Islamic State group.