State Rep. John Bennett, a retired U.S. Marine and the current owner of a storm shelter business is a U.S. politician from the state of Oklahoma serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for District 2.
Bennett, who has had a long-running feud with the Oklahoma Muslim community, apparently posted on social media that if America is removing Confederate monuments after the Civil War, it also should remove mosques after 9/11. He confirmed to KOCO 5 that he posted the message to Facebook, stating,
“If we’re removing confederate monuments after the civil war, I think we should also be removing mosques after 9/11.”
Bennett, R-Sallisaw, respond to a Oklahoma City television station request for an interview, that he did post the statement and that he was not taking it down.
“Yes, I posted it, Yes I meant it. No I’m not taking it down. Everyone is so politically correct they focus on this instead of the real issues. These civil war monuments should stand and be a constant reminder to never go back to that. Those were dark days for America. The Civil War Monuments are something we should learn from. It’s absurd to try to take Civil War statues down. We need to toughen up as Americans and do what’s right for all Americans. People are causing a divide, and to take down historical monuments is way out of the ballpark ridiculousness.”
CAIR-OK Responds to Oklahoma Lawmaker’s Call to Remove American Mosques:
In the statement, CAIR-OK Government Affairs Director Anna Facci said:
“We are deeply disappointed once again to see a bigoted, anti-Muslim post from Rep. Bennett, who has wasted taxpayer money and time on blatant attacks on the Oklahoma Muslim community since 2013.
“We have repeatedly tried to have an open and honest conversation with Rep. Bennett about the contributions and benefits Muslims bring to our state, but his doors have been shut on our community time and time again.
“We unequivocally oppose any suggestion that mosques need to be removed from America as such statements go against the ideals of religious freedom as enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution.
“We continue to affirm our position that removal of Confederate memorials nationwide is the appropriate and American thing to do.”
Rep. John Bennett , has been widely criticized for his open hostility to Islam and Muslims. He has called Islam “a cancer that needs to be cut out of the nation” and has repeatedly stated that he does not consider Islam to be a religion.