Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Warns Christians About 'Muslim Americans'

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Oklahoma recently condemned a Facebook posting by Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett (R) that warned Christians about people who call themselves “Muslim American.”

According to RawStory.com, Bennett's Facebook post (which has since been removed) stated:

Islam and Muslim are one in the same. They are adjectives describing their religion. Islam is the religion, Muslim is the person that follows Islam. If someone claims to be Muslim they subscribe to Islam (Quran). The Quran clearly states that non Muslims should be killed. Arab is the ethnicity, not Muslim or Islam. Be wary of the individuals who claim to be "Muslim American". Be especially wary if you're a Christian.

Bennett linked his statement to a story from an anti-Muslim blog which carried the headline: "Christians Burned Alive, Yazidis Buried Alive and the ISIS Train Rolls On…"

The Oklahoman reports that Adam Soltani, the executive director of the CAIR chapter in Oklahoma, wrote a letter to Bennett that stated, "Anti-Muslim bigotry and statements that promote misunderstanding and incite hatred toward a minority group have no place in the Oklahoma Republican Party. Individuals elected to represent the people of Oklahoma should be held accountable for such extremist, inaccurate and intolerant views."

“We are requesting that you denounce these anti-Muslim comments and issue an apology for said derogatory statements,” added Soltani.

RawStory.com notes that Bennett then posted this comment on Facebook (which has also been removed):

So the Council on American-Islamic Relations is reading my Facebook and demanding an apology for what I said.... well, since your monitoring my facebook... I WILL NOT apologize to you. I know who you are and what you represent and I'm watching you closely....

“We must shine a bright light on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood and its varied tentacles in the U.S.,” Bennett told The Oklahoman. “These tentacles include un-indicted co-conspirators of the U.S. vs. Holyland Foundation trial like the Council on American-Islamic Relations here in Oklahoma. Our borders are wide open to drug and human traffickers. Terrorism could come to Oklahoma just as easily.”

Soltani responded, "People can say it all day and all night long, but CAIR does not stand with Hamas or any terrorists. Our track record proves we are about peace. The bottom line is un-indicted means un-indicted.”

Soltani also said that verses in the Bible that refer to violence "could be taken out of context. It’s all about how you want to frame it."

Oklahoma GOP Party Chairman Dave Weston slammed CAIR and Soltani: “It seems as if their attack on his comments is disingenuous at best. Here’s why. If we as Americans were ruled by Islam, then Christians and Jews like you and I could only keep practicing our faith if we paid a protection tax. But if you’re Christian or Jewish and don’t immediately convert to Islam, they imminently decapitate you. This is proven by ongoing observation around the world today.”

Sources: RawStory.com, The Oklahoman


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