Republican Rep. John Bennett of Oklahoma asked Muslim constituents to answer a controversial questionnaire about Islam before he’d allow a meeting to be scheduled.
Buzzfeed Oklahoma Rep. John Bennett asked his constituents taking part in the state’s third annual Muslim Day on Thursday — in which Muslims have the opportunity to interact with state legislators at the capitol — to fill out the questionnaire.
Adam Soltani, executive director of Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma, said that high school students from Tulsa’s Peace Academy visited Bennett’s office to either meet with him or schedule a meeting. The students were met by a legislative assistant, Soltani said, who gave the students a questionnaire, telling them it must be filled out in writing.
Some of the questions in the document included the following:
“Sharia law says that it must rule over the kafirs, the non-Muslims. Do you agree with this?”
“The Koran, the sunna of Mohammed and Sharia Law of all schools say that the husband can beat his wife. Do you beat your wife?”
“Mohammed was a killer of pagans, Christians and Jews that did not agree with him. Do you agree with this example?
“I have heard that, according to accepted Islamic sources, Mohammed, at age of 49, married a 6-year-old girl, and that he had sex with her when he was 52 and she was only 9 years old. Is that really true?”
Bennett, a former US Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, made headlines in 2014 when he made anti-Islam comments on social media, later adding that Islam is a “cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.”He also said there is no difference between moderate and radical Islam.
“How can I be racist against Muslims or Islam when the ethnicity is actual Arab?” he said at the time, adding, “This is kind of confusing.”
Last year, Oklahoma lawmakers approved a proposal Bennett submitted to study the “current threat posted by radical Islam and the effect that Sharia Law, the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist indoctrination have in the radicalization process in Oklahoma and America.”