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GOP Congressman broad-brushes American Muslims

GOP Congressman broad-brushes American Muslims

Floats accusation of complicit terrorism via 'guilt by association' 

Kansas Republican Representative Mike Pompeo brought out the wide brush yesterday and aimed it at every single American Muslim who has chosen not to speak out against the actions of those fringe groups which are responsible for acts of violence and acts of terrorism.

He stated that any Muslim who has not personally condemned these acts are not only complicit in those attacks, but also in future attacks.

Pompeo stated that there has been a relative silence from leaders in the Islamic community in the two months that have passed since the bombings in Boston, calling the silence 'deafening' and 'dangerous.'

He then added in other terrorist attacks which he claims have not received either any or enough condemnation, including bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

He then cast a net of blame over the Islamic community, stating,

“Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow. I know not all Muslims support these actions, [but] the silence in the face of extremism coming from the best funded Islamic advocacy organizations and many mosques across America is deafening.”

Perhaps Pompeo needs to learn the Google, as the Islamic community has been extremely vocal over the years regarding the actions of the extremists.

In fact, the Council on American-Islamic affairs responded almost immediately following the revelation of the identity of the Boston bombing suspects, stating,

“As Americans, we are a united force against any form of tyranny, whether it be in the form of terrorism or otherwise. Terrorism has no allegiance to faith or ethnicity, and we have been witness to that over the past few years. What happened in Boston and Watertown last week does not reflect on anyone except for those who carried it out. It is not a reflection of ethnic identity, religion, or national affiliation.”

Many, many other Muslim communities across the entire nation have made no secret of their positions on terrorism, and some of the more influential ones have taken steps to be more interactive with Muslim youth who might otherwise be influenced by efforts to radicalize them through the Internet.

Since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 in New York City, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, Muslim leaders in the United States have condemned every act of terrorism either perpetrated against or attempted perpetration against the United States.

On several occasions, Muslim leaders have been instrumental in the failure of terror attacks here in the United States, as well as in other nations. This includes the attempted attack on a train that was to be traveling on a rail line between the United States and Canada.

It should be noted that Pompeo and those who hold similar points of view rarely, if ever, use a similar broad brush on Christians when one of their own commits atrocious acts. Instead, they claim the Christian perpetrator acted alone, not according to 'doctrine,' and are 'false Christians.'

Pot, meet kettle.

About Al Stefanelli

Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.
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