Despite opposition from Oklahoma's faith community, a few state representatives held a meeting Wednesday on the threat posed to the state by "radical Islam."
Several Oklahoma state troopers milled around outside the state Capitol meeting room during the hearing, but the meeting remained peaceful.
Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, said various Muslim groups operating in Oklahoma and across the nation pose major dangers.
"If you love America and love freedom and our way of life, you have an obligation to stand and fight against Hamas, CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations), NAIT (the North Atlantic Islamic Trust) and ISNA (the Islamic Society of North America) and all these other groups that are here to destroy us.
"The enemy is in the wire and some of them are in this room today.
"The enemy must be stopped. We're going to be called bigots, and racists, and Islamophobes and a whole host of other things by the media after this is over. We're going to be called that by terrorists organizations like CAIR that is here today, but you know that is a small price to pay to put our foot to the tail end of these terrorists and these anti-American groups in the name of freedom."
He said he and other lawmakers would draft legislation to protect Oklahoma from organizations that would do harm to the state, but he didn't have the specifics on how that would work.
"But we're going to do all we can to kick these terrorist organizations out of the state of Oklahoma and do whatever it takes to protect our citizens," Bennett said.
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