An Oklahoma lawmaker is responding to a controversy sparked by his Facebook post, in which he wrote about the removal of confederate monuments across the country.
Oklahoma Rep. John Bennett confirmed to KOCO 5 that he posted the controversial 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 said he is not taking it down. He released the following statement to KOCO 5:
“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.”
Althought Bennett said he’s not taking down the post, it has since been removed.
Presumably removed by the jihad-friendly thought police at Facebook.
Transcript of Bennett’s interview (ironically with a newscaster named apparently named Mecca):
WEBVTT THAT FACEBOOK POST WAS JUST TO GRAB SOME ATTENTION TO SHOWHOW RIDICULOUS IT IS.MECCA: THIS RESPONSE FROM STATE REP JOHN BENNETT DRAWING SOMECRITICISM.HE WRITES ON FACEBOOK, “IF WE’REREMOVING CONFEDERATE MONUMENTSAFTER THE CIVIL WAR, I THINK WESHOULD ALSO BE REMOVING MOSQUESAFTER 9/11.”I TALKED TO REPRESENATIVEBENNETT THIS EVENING.AND HE TALKED TO ME ABOUT WHY HEWROTE IT, WHAT HE MEANT AND THESIGNIFICANCE OF LEAVING IT UP.>> THAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THATPOST ON MY PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGETHAT EVERYONE IS BLOWING UP.MECCA: THIS IS THE POST THAT SOMANY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT.IT’S SOMETHING REPRESENTATIVEBENNET IS TALKING ABOUT TOO.AND IT’ A CONVERSATION HETHINKS NEEDS TO BE HAD.>>
THE WHOLE PREMISE BEHIND ALL THIS STUFF IS OUR FIRST AMMENDMENT RIGHTS.MECCA: IT’S ALSO ABOUT THE REMOVAL OF HISTORICAL MONUMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.SOME SAY THEY REPRESENTS HATE.BENNET SAYS IT’S HISTORY.AND HE SAYS GETTING RID OF THAT IS RIDICULOUS.HE SAYS HE WAS TRYING TO BRING LIGHT OF THAT WITH THIS POST. >> OF COURSE, I’M NOT CALLING TO REMOVE A MOSQUE, BUT THE REASON I DID THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS SU AN ABSURD IDEA.MECCA: SAYING HISTORY CAN AND SHOULD BE LEARNED FROM AND REMOVING IT DOESN’T ERASE IT.TELLING US INSTEAD IT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD LEARN FROM.HOW CAN YOU LEARN FROM HISTORY IF IT’S NOT THERE TO LEARN FROM.AND THAT’S A DARK DAY IN OUR PAST THAT WE SHOULD NEVER GO BACK TO AND ONLY WAY TO REMEMBER THAT AND KEEP FROM GOING BACK IS TO HAVE THESE MONUMENTS AROUND.MECCA: BENNETT SAYING THE CURRENT STATE OF THIS COUNTRY IS DISAPPOINTIN>> AMERICA AS A WHOLE IS, IN MY OPINION, BECOMING A SISSIFED PEOPLE THAT THINK WE ARE OWED EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IS SSENSITIVE NOW, WE CAN’T EVEN BE AMERICANS.
Not the first time Rep. Bennett has irritated the jihadis and their abettors, see prior posts here.
The Muslim supremacist interviewed after Bennett muttered the same old lines that Bennett should learn more about Islam. Apparently he’s not aware that Bennett is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has studied the Koran. via his townhall: Oklahoma politician’s townhall on Islam
He also takes on the terror-linked CAIR, Oklahoma politician refuses to back down to CAIR, tired of “their lies and deflection”
Bennett says he’s tired of being politically correct about Muslims.
“For us to sit back and listen to their lies and deflection and let them continue on their claims that this is all racist and I’m an ‘Islamaphobe,’ it’s just absolutely ridiculous,” he told KFOR.
Bennett, a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, lashed back with a claim that CAIR is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.
“We must shine a bright light on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood and its varied tentacles in the U.S.,” Bennett said. “These tentacles include un-indicted co-conspirators of the U.S. vs. Holyland Foundation trial like the Council on American-Islamic Relations here in Oklahoma.