Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey jokingly asked a bearded man during a speech at Syracuse University whether he was a member of the Taliban, in an exchange first reported by Syracuse.com.
The Hill When a man stood up to ask Dempsey a question during a Q&A session, Dempsey asked him, “Are you Taliban?” before quickly adding that he was kidding. Yusuf Soule, the man who asked the question, converted to Islam in 1999, according to the report. Soule, who is Caucasian, said that he wasn’t offended by the crack and called Dempsey “a funny guy.”
But CAIR’s spokesIslamist Ibrahim Hooper, the communications director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Hill he didn’t share Soule’s sentiment. “I think this is yet another symptom of the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in our society,” Hooper said. “I would put this more in the category of casual Islamophobia. It’s joking and jovial, but it’s Islamophobia nonetheless.”
Hooper’s group is the largest Hamas-affiliated Muslim Brotherhood front group in America. He added that the joke coming from a top American military official makes it “all the more disturbing.” (Awwww, who cares what you think? Nobody)