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Speaking from the House floor yesterday, the Kansas Republican representative Mike Pompeo insisted that any American Muslim who has not personally spoken out against terrorist attacks by extremist Muslims should be condemned as complicit in those attacks, and further any future attacks on this country.

Pompeo decided to cast blame over the entire Islamic community, saying,

“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 Mr. Pompeo has been chosen not to listen to all of the calls against terrorism from the Muslim community though considering the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement just days after the April 15th Boston bombings. Or perhaps he also chose not to take a look at the workshop initiative created by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society that helps prevent young Muslims from being radicalized over the internet, both stories that are just one of many acts of Muslims speaking out against terrorism.

Even before the attack in Boston,  on March 28th, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the New America Foundation had a policy briefing titled “Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities” to address the issue of trying to tackle extremist Islam, and to promote moderate Islam.

Representative Pompeo isn’t the first of lawmakers to make statements condemning the American Muslim community on terrorism. Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) decided to boil down the entire religion of Islam to “honor killings, beheadings, [and] suicide bombings” in a tweet this past Monday night in response to a column by comedian Bill Cosby about Islam. You can check Allen West: Muslims Are All 'Honor Killings, Beheadings, Suicide Bombings' for that.

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