OKLAHOMA CITY – A state Muslim civil liberties group, governor and state Republican party are responding after a Facebook post by a Republican state representative equated the removal of confederate monuments after the Civil War to removing mosques after the 9-11 terror attacks.
State Rep. John Bennett, R-Salisaw, posted on his Facebook timeline early Thursday morning “If we’re removing confederate monuments after the Civil War, I think we should also be removing mosques after 9/11.” It has since been deleted.
“We unequivocally oppose any suggestion that mosques need to be removed from America as such statements go against the ideals of religious freedom as enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution,” said Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Government Affairs Director Anna Facci in a statement.
Bennett’s post is seemingly in response to Confederate monuments being taken down in places across the country in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va. white nationalist rally that spiraled out of control last Saturday.
One counterprotester, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed after James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, allegedly drove his car into a group of counterprosters; 19 others were injured…
Anyhow, Zeepertje can shake hands with John Bennett on the islamic topic…
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