Friend of slain Muslim students rips GOP and Fox News: Stop dehumanizing Muslims
Shafi Khan on CNN (Screenshot)

Shafi Khan, a friend of the Muslim students shot dead in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, blasted Republicans and Fox News on Wednesday for demonizing people of the Muslim faith.

"Speaking as an American Muslim, I can tell you that we can’t deny there’s a sentiment in the community that we feel that we were being targeted for our faith," he told CNN "There is certain sections of the media and political apparatus that are constantly demonizing Muslims. And I want to take a minute and ask people like Fox News and Bobby Jindal to stop the dehumanization of Muslims."

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder Tuesday for the shooting deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21 and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

"It’s really, really starting to take a toll. Last week an elected official named John Bennett who's a state senator said Islam is a cancer that needs to be cut out of society," Khan explained. "And the Republican Party establishment came out and made a point to say that we stand by him."

Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett (R) has compared Muslims to cancer and Nazis. Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston defended Bennett by warning Christians and Jews that Muslims would behead them.

"These people need to reflect sincerely about what they’re doing to the social cohesion of this country," Khan said. "Imagine if someone had said that about the Jewish community. And the important point is that black lives matter, white lives matter, Muslim lives matter, all lives matter. We have to start putting this point across to the community."

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