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FEAR & LOATHING IN EDMOND: Rally stirs up anti-Muslim sentiments

Tim Farley / Red Dirt Report
ALL AMERICAN: State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) has made headline in recent weeks over his comments critical of Muslims and the Islamic faith.
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EDMOND, Okla. -- Islamic faith leaders operate under the guise of peace and love, but their ultimate goal is create a caliphate that will allow them to rule the entire world, a former U.S. Defense Department official said Monday night.

Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy and Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan, said Imams and other faith leaders have the same goals as Osama bin Laden, who was killed during a U.S. Special Operations raid in 2011.

“They want to destroy western civilization from within,” he said, pointing to six prominent Americans who have been appointed to key positions inside the U.S. government.

Gaffney was one of three guest speakers at a rally entitled “The Tragedy in Moore: A Religion of Peace?

The event was held at the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond.

Gaffney, speaking with typical anti-Muslim rhetoric, said the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is nothing but a front for Islamic extremists and their fundraising efforts. He condemned the Muslim Brotherhood, contending that the group should be placed on the U.S. government’s list of terrorist organizations.

Recently, the Oklahoma chapter of CAIR called upon state Rep. John Bennett to apologize for extreme comments about Muslims and the Islamic faith. On one occasion, Bennett said Islam “is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.” On Facebook, Bennett wrote that people should be wary of Muslim Americans. He has refused to apologize and has the support of Oklahoma Republican Party leadership.

Bennett (R-Sallisaw) and fellow state lawmaker Rep. Dan Fisher (R-Yukon) served as emcees at Monday’s event.

Paul Blair, senior pastor at Fairview Baptist, said the Islam faith and its leaders want to impose world domination over all other religions and will do anything to achieve that goal, including violence toward Americans and other westerners.

“Don’t listen to CAIR or what you might read in some college text book,” Blair said, in connection with public comments that Islam promotes peace and love for all mankind.

Referencing beheadings in Iraq and Moore, Blair said, “These are not acts of terrorists. These are acts of jihadists.” Blair told the audience of about 200 people that Islam is nothing more than a “socio-political system” which promotes evil, violence and victory at all costs. Quoting former Muslim Elijah Abraham, Blair said Islam is a “satanic ideology.”

Clare Lopez, a former CIA operations officer with expertise in Islam and national security, spoke about Sharia Law and how women are owned and dominated by men in Muslim countries. Lopez labeled the atrocities against Muslim women “some of the worst human rights abuses” ever.

Lopez contends Sharia Law allows men to have a superior position over women and that women belong to a family and are considered an “asset” of that clan. She told the audience Sharia Law allows underage and forced marriages, honor killings of women, marital rape, polygamy and genital mutilation of males and females.

“People need to be educated about what Sharia Law teaches,” Lopez said. “It is incompatible with the (U.S.) Constitution.”

During a brief question and answer session, Gaffney suggested citizens should become knowledgeable about Islam and the problems the faith creates. He also recommended citizens contact their lawmakers and ask them to become more informed.

At one point during the Q&A, a suggestion was made that Oklahoma lawmakers pass a state statute that would make it a felony to try and overthrow the state constitution. The recommendation drew a loud round of applause from the crowd.

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