Speaking from the House floor on Tuesday, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., claimed that non-violent Muslim leaders are somehow complicit in terrorism unless they denounce terrorist attacks enough times to meet his satisfaction (video below).
"It's been just under two months since the attacks in Boston and in those intervening weeks the silence of those Muslim leaders has been deafening," Pompeo said.
However, the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement on April 23 in response to the April 15 bombings. In the statement, CAIR executive director Basim Elkarra said:
Our community stands in solidarity with the brave people of Boston and Watertown. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. As Americans, we are a united force against any form of tyranny, whether it be in the form of terrorism or otherwise.
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Terrorism has no allegiance to faith or ethnicity, and we have been witness to that over the past few years. What happened in Boston and Watertown last week does not reflect on anyone except for those who carried it out. It is not a reflection of ethnic identity, religion, or national affiliation.
After the Boston marathon terrorist attack, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society created a workshop to prevent Muslim young people from being radicalized on the internet, reported HuffingtonPost.com.
On March 28, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the New America Foundation (NAF) held a policy briefing "Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities" to address the issue of tackling extremism and promoting moderate Islam.
However, Pompeo insisted today: “Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow.”
According to RawStory.com, Pompeo mentioned that Christian leaders had condemned the tacky protests of the Westboro Baptist Church, but not all have.