State Rep. John Bennett says Islam 'is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out”
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 9/16/14)Â — On Wednesday, September 17, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will hold a news conference outside Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City to call on state GOP leaders to repudiate a legislator's incitement to violence against Muslims and to seek stepped up protection for that state's Islamic community.
CAIR-OK scheduled the news conference after Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) told constituents at a party gathering last night in Sallisaw, Okla., that Islam's goal is “the destruction of Western civilization from within,” that the faith is 90 percent “violence” and that Islam “is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.” He added that he is “not going to stand back and let push Islam into our nation.”
WHAT: CAIR-OK to Respond to Rep. John Bennett's Incitement to Violence Against Muslims
WHEN:Â Wednesday, September 17, 1 p.m.
WHERE:Â Oklahoma Republican Party Headquarters, 4031 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
CONTACT:Â CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853,Â email@example.com
“This apparent call for a violent purge of Muslims by an elected official must be taken seriously and should be repudiated by Oklahomans of all faiths and backgrounds,” said CAIR-OK ExecutiveÂ Director Adam Soltani.
Because of the increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric and bias incidents, CAIR-OK is urging state Muslims to take precautions when in public.
In a recent Facebook post, Bennett called on Oklahomans to be “wary” of “MuslimÂ Americans” and falsely claimed that the Quran says people of other faithsÂ “should be killed.”
CAIR-OK called on state Republican Party leaders to denounceÂ the anti-Muslim comments and asked for an apology fromÂ Bennett.
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CAIR's national headquarters also called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to “publicly repudiate anti-Muslim remarks by Bennett and Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston, who supported Bennett's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Weston even added his own anti-Muslim remarks. He told state media outlets:Â “There is so much overwhelming evidence around theÂ world that the fundamentalÂ beliefs of Islam authorize anything but peace until they become dominant.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-OK ExecutiveÂ Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857,email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org