The mainstream media has begun attacking a GOP hopeful for asking reasonable questions about Islam. Upon announcing his candidacy for chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, former Representative John Bennett, who served for eight years in the Oklahoma House, is now being attacked for his past statements.
Bennett, who has said in the past that Islam “is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out,” is a Marine veteran and pastor of Lee Creek Assembly of God in Muldrow. He has also hosted an interim legislative study examining the threat of radical Islam, which was named “Radical Islam, Shariah Law, the Muslim Brotherhood and the radicalization process.”
In 2017, during the annual “Muslim Day” at the state Capitol, Bennett required Muslims to complete an 18-questionnaire before he would agree to meet with them at his legislative office. One of the questions that the media is currently freaking out about was “Do you beat your wife?”
Now, the left and the media believe that this question is abhorrent, but it makes sense. The holy book of Islam, the Koran, prescribes beatings for “nushuz,” meaning rebellion or disobedience.
“Those [women] whose nushuz you fear, admonish them, and abandon them in bed, and strike them,” says the Koran in verse 4:34.
Other questions Bennett asked included whether Muslims would denounce terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, whether people who leave the Muslim faith should be punished, and whether they thought Shariah law should apply to non-Muslims.
These are also important questions, as these are common radical beliefs within the Islamic faith. Ben Shapiro explored the popularity of some of these beliefs in one of his recent segments entitled “The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority.”
Christian and American Values
Bennett is also a strong supporter of Christian and American values in education. In his time in the Legislature, he passed legislation that would allow the display of the 10 Commandments in schools and government buildings, and also mandated that children be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once per week in public schools.
In a video posted on YouTube, Bennett said that he feels called by God to lead Oklahoma’s Republican Party.
“We have to take the gloves off and we’ve got to stand and fight for our republic because if we don’t stand and fight for our republic today we won’t have any freedoms to fight for tomorrow,” Bennett said.