Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett (R) told a meeting of the Muskogee Patriots this week that Muslims will not condemn other Muslims who murder non-Muslims.
“Mohammed’s teaching only teaches one thing, and that’s the violence that we’re seeing today in ISIS and in the beheading in Moore and other places,” said Bennett, noted RawStory.com (video below).
Bennett was making reference to Alton Nolen who allegedly attacked his co-workers in Moore, Okla., and beheaded one of them. Nolen had recently converted to Islam, but police say he took revenge after being suspended from his job at Vaughn Foods, not because of religion.
While Bennett slammed Muslims, Tina Bennett, of the Oklahoma County GOP Executive Committee, stated, "I have sweet Muslim friends who don't identify with [Nolen] and don’t like having their government say that they’re no better than ISIS and having their Oklahoma neighbors being made afraid of them."
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“Where are your nice friends? Why aren’t they here? Why aren’t they out there saying, ‘Hey, we don’t believe in that?’ Who don't they condemn that?” asked Bennett.
When Bennett said they do condemn the violence, Bennett countered, "No, they say, 'We condemn the killing of innocents.' Muslims, Islam, doesn't consider non-Muslims innocent."
According PBS' ORN, Bennett compared today's Muslims in the United States to Germans during World War II.
“So is every Muslim bad? No, but if they subscribe to Islam and what it teaches, and if they’re not standing up and condemning what Islam teaches, then they’re just going right along with them, just like the Germans did when the Nazis were around,” claimed Bennett.
According to MediaMatters.org, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League Chief, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Council Of Great Britain, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and the top clerics in Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia condemned the murders committed by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, but didn't use the "innocents" phrasing that Bennett claimed.