A Muslim group wants State Rep. John Bennett to shut up when it comes to talking about Islamic terrorism and the threat to Oklahoma.
Bennett, a veteran who fought Muslim terrorists in the Middle East, held an interim study last week on “Radical Islam, Shariah Law, the Muslim Brotherhood and the radicalization process” before the House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee.
“I held this study to shine a light on the problems we face in Oklahoma from the Muslim Brotherhood and the attacks sustained on our society by this and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.
Bennett, a Marine who fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said he wanted to provide the committee and other legislators information that may form the basis of legislation he is considering drafting for the next legislative session.
“I and others started the Counterterrorism Caucus in Oklahoma several years ago as a way to ensure public safety, a core function of government,” Bennett said. “Not long after we formed this caucus we had the very tragic terrorist act committed against Colleen Hufford in Moore in the name of Islam.”
Hufford was beheaded by a Muslim terrorist.
Bennett said he’s been ridiculed for his beliefs, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to protect Oklahoma and U.S. citizens from the real and present danger of radical Islam and its subsidiary groups.
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. They have harshly criticized Bennett for suggesting that terrorism is a threat to America and Oklahom.
”Representative John Bennett is shamefully wasting taxpayer money to promote his own biased agenda,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “This hearing was a new low for Representative Bennett, as his guests presented a biased narrative that achieves nothing more than demonizing and marginalizing the Oklahoma Muslim Community.”
CAIR is publicly and privately backing Bennett’s Democrat opponent in the November 8 election.
The speakers at Bennett’s hearing included:
- Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.
- Gen. (Retired) Jerry Boykin, retired Army General and currently executive vice president at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
- Jim Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Bill Clinton.
- Buck Revell, former special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and current president of the Revell Group International in Dallas, Texas.
- John Guandolo, founder of UnderstandingtheThreat.com.
- Chris Gaubatz, a security consultant at UnderstandingtheThreat.com
- A protected witness who was a former terrorist with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
- Pastor Paul Blair, president of Reclaiming America for Christ.
- Philip Haney, a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security and author of See Something, Say Nothing, was unable to testify because of technical difficulties.
Gaubatz said the purpose of CAIR is to establish an Islamic state and to eliminate and destroy western civilization from within. Oklahoma should create a strategy to protect its citizens because the federal government has failed to do so, Gaubatz said. CAIR is one of the greatest threats to the United States and is no different than the al Qaeda terrorist group, he said.
Guandolo said the Islamic movement in Oklahoma has made significant strides, and he called Soltani a terrorist. Guandolo said groups in the country’s jihadi network use relationships with other faiths as a tool.
Bennett said the House-approved interim study at the most was slated to cost only about $700, and that was if every member of the House Committee was able to attend. He expected the actual cost to be less.
“I believe that price is well worth it to hopefully prevent another brutal terrorist attack in Oklahoma,” he said. The FBI has identified sleeper cells of radical Muslims in all 50 states. A stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is to turn America into an Islamic state and institute Shariah law.Bennett has received death threats due to his outspoken stance on fighting Islamic terrorism. He and some of his speakers were accompanied by Oklahoma Highway patrolmen to the hearing for security reasons.
Bennett plans to introduce legislation against CAIR in Oklahoma in the next session in February.