Remember John Bennett? He's the Islamophobic State Rep from Sallisaw who likes Muslims about as much as Sally Kern likes gays... or Muslims. Take your pick.
In case you forgot what John looks like, here's a recent family militia portrait that he posted on Facebook:
Holy jingoism! Isn't that one adorable, red, white and blue family?! ISIS is going to have a tough time with the Bennett clan whenever it finally decides to invade, colonize and convert Oklahoma to Islam.
Yesterday, Bennett thought it would be a wise idea to waste taxpayers' money during a budget crisis and hold a study about the terrifying threat of radical Islam in Oklahoma. I can't blame him. Even though the deadliest act of terrorism on Oklahoma soil was committed by white, right-wing, anti-government militiamen who get turned-on by military caliber assault weapons, Islamophobia is all the rage in the GOP right now. You can't fault a politician for rallying his base.
Usually, this is the part of the post where I piss off Ben Felder and quote some outside news source. Instead, I thought it would be fun to share the two different ways the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman both framed and covered the event. Here's the headline from The Tulsa World:
Yep. Dust off your "Zero Days Since Oklahoma's Been A National Embarrassment" graphic. That really happened. CAIR sent some of their local leadership to observe the Islamophobic study, and without any facts, proof or evidence, Bennett and his speakers straight up called them terrorists. Sally Kern would approve of that.
Here's how NewsOK.com reported the story:
Friendly reminder everyone. The Oklahoman's hardcore right-wing bias isn't limited to the editorial page. It bleeds into everything they do, especially how they treat and cover news.
Anyway, here's a link to both The Tulsa World and The Oklahoman articles. I'll do Ben Felder a favor and let you pick which one you want to read. I hope you make the right choice.