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GOP Candidate Sells 'ISIS Hunting Permits' (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens recently offered campaign donors a bumper sticker that reads: "ISIS HUNTING PERMIT 2016" for donations of ten dollars (video below).

According to The Associated Press, the bumper sticker also says the permit expires when "we defeat this evil."

Donors who give $100 or more can get their ISIS hunting license autographed by the former Navy SEAL who said that he killed Osama bin Laden.

Greitens, also a former Navy SEAL, is currently running against three other Republican candidates in a GOP primary that will be held Aug. 2.

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However, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations believes the bumper stickers could incite people to commit violence against Muslims.

Faizen Syed, a spokesperson for the organization, told KTVI: "Those people are the people that we really have to be worried about, and when they get a bumper sticker that says, 'Here’s your permit to attack ISIS,' and they see a young Muslim lady with her children at Wal-Mart, and they’re like, 'This is ISIS, I’m going to attack them,' that’s when the real trouble begins."

"Absolutely not," Greitens countered. "As leaders, we need to be very clear, there is a difference between Islam and radical Islamic terrorism. The reason why there is confusion out there is that we don’t have strong leaders who are willing to identify this as a warped terrorist ideology."

As a matter of record, state governors do not set U.S. foreign policy, and the federal government has consistently identified terrorists and their groups -- by their actual names -- for years: ISIS, Islamic State, ISIL, al Qeada, Hamas, Hezbollah and Daesh, as well as a number of splinter groups.

A study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University found in December 2015 that hate crimes against American mosques and Muslims tripled after terrorist attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California.

According to The New York Times, the incidents included: "assaults on hijab-wearing students; arsons and vandalism at mosques; and shootings and death threats at Islamic-owned businesses."

"The terrorist attacks, coupled with the ubiquity of these anti-Muslim stereotypes seeping into the mainstream, have emboldened people to act upon this fear and anger," Brian Levin, head of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told the newspaper at the time.

Sources: AP via WCMHKTVI/YouTube, The New York Times / Photo credit: KTVI/YouTube

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