In a town hall appearance in Muskogee, Republican Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett told the assembled crowd that the expansion of rights for Muslim Americans is no different than the growth of the Nazi Party in Germany before World War II.
Bennett argued that there are no distinctions between radical Islamists and everyday Muslims, that all of them are programmed by their faith to attack and destroy Christianity.
“Mohammed’s teaching only teaches one thing,” he told the Muskogee Patriots this week. “And that’s the violence that we’re seeing today in ISIS and in the beheading in Moore and other places.”
In September, a 30-year-old employee of Vaughan Foods attacked two women, killing and beheading one of them. The suspect, Alton Nolen, had recently converted to Islam and had reportedly tried to convert coworkers. However, police have not ascribed a religious motive to the murder, which is being prosecuted as an act of workplace violence.
Rep. Bennett, however, sees the attack as evidence of a growing domestic jihad movement in this country.
Audience member Tina Kelley accused Bennett of needlessly fomenting suspicion and fear of Islamic people, citing her friendships with Muslim families.
“They don’t like having their government say that they’re no better than ISIS,” Kelley said, “and having their Oklahoma neighbors made afraid of them.”
“Well, let me ask you a question,” Bennett countered. “Where are your nice friends? Why aren’t they here? Why aren’t they out there saying, ‘Hey, we don’t believe in that?'”
He said that Muslims condemn violence against the innocent, but that no one outside the Muslim faith is considered truly innocent by Islamic standards. Muslims, said Bennett, can only be trusted if they fully renounce their faith.
“Do you think every German was a Nazi?” he asked. “No, they weren’t. But what happened with the Nazis was that once they got in power, all those Germans that sat quiet or were scared to say anything had no choice but to follow and support what they were doing.”
“So is every Muslim bad? No,” he said, “but if they subscribe to Islam and what it teaches, and if they’re not standing up and condemning what Islam teaches, then they’re just going right along with them, just like the Germans did when the Nazis were around.”
In September, U.S. Muslim leaders drafted and sent a 17-page open letter to the leaders of ISIS denouncing them and their use of violence in the name of their faith. British Muslims started the #NotInMyName campaign to denounce the group’s violence and extremism.
Media watchdog group Media Matters pointed out that multiple mainstream Islamic groups around the world have forcibly denounced ISIS, and yet conservative media regularly demand to know why more Muslims aren’t speaking out.
Watch video of Bennett’s statements, embedded below:
Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty after punching irate woman at Florida airport
A bad situation turned worse, after a woman missed her flight at Miami International Airport. When police were called, things got even worse.
According to the Miami Herald, body-camera footage, which surfaced Wednesday evening, showed the officer hitting the woman yelling at him.
“You acting like you white when you really Black...what you want to do?” the woman without a mask says.
She then stepped very close to the officer, putting her face against his and that's when he struck her in the face.
WATCH: White woman pulls gun on Black woman after allegedly almost hitting her with her car
On Wednesday, a viral video showed a white woman in Auburn Hills, Michigan, pulling a handgun on a Black woman in an altercation in a parking lot.
According to the woman taking the video, the white woman nearly hit the Black woman while backing up her van, and the argument escalated quickly.
"Get the license plate!" the Black woman can be heard shouting.
"Don't you f**king jump behind my car," replied the woman with the gun. "Get the f**k back! Get the f**k back! Back the f**k up!"
According to the poster, the woman who brandished the gun has been arrested.
Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.
"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."