Before Meeting With Muslim Constituents, GOP Lawmaker Asks If They Beat Their Wives


Stay classy, John Bennett:

Muslim high school students requesting to meet with a Republican Oklahoma lawmaker were presented with a lengthy and hate-filled questionnaire that asked, among other things, “Do you beat your wife?”

That’s according to Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Oklahoma, who posted a video to Facebook shortly after the incident occurred Thursday. 

“I just have been informed by some of our community members that Rep. John Bennett — who in my opinion, at this point, doesn’t even deserve to be called a representative — is refusing to meet with Muslims unless they answer questions from an Islamophobic hate group called Act For America,” Soltani said in the video.

Attempts to contact Bennett’s office Friday were unsuccessful. But in an email to Tulsa World, he reportedly confirmed Soltani’s story, and said the questions were “based on passages from the Quran and other Islamic texts,” according to the outlet.

The incident occurred during Muslim Day at the Capitol, an annual event hosted by CAIR that aims to connect Oklahoma Muslims with their representatives. Soltani told BuzzFeed that students from Tulsa’s Peace Academy, a private Islamic school, visited Bennett’s office, hoping for a chance to speak with him. Instead, one of the lawmaker’s assistants presented them with a lengthy questionnaire that appeared to be crafted by ACT For America.

The Southern Poverty Law Center labels ACT as the “largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America.”

“Nobody should be vetted with stupid, Islamophobic, hateful, bigoted questions before they can meet with their representative,” Soltani said.

You can read about that other ACT at the Huffington Post.

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