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GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo: US Islamic Leaders Are ‘Potentially Complicit’ In Terrorist Acts

Republican congressman Mike Pompeo took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to call on Islamic leaders in the United States to be more outspoken in their condemnation of terrorist attacks on American soil. During a speech that was flagged by ThinkProgress, he cited Fort Hood, the Times Square bomber, and the underwear bomber as just a few examples, accusing American Islamic leaders of being silent when such terrorist attacks occur. Pompeo declared that by being silent, these leaders make themselves “potentially complicit in these acts.

Pompeo said that many modern clerics consider jihad to be non-violent, and cited an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cleric who said that suiciding bombers were “heroic” martyrs. He demanded that Muslim leaders make it unequivocally clear to the masses that “there is never any justification for terrorism.”

Pompeo continued to argue that their silence on this issue means they are partly to blame when these terrorist attacks occur.

“Instead of responding, silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow… Every Muslim leader must unequivocally proclaim that terror committed in the name of Islam violates the core tenets of the Prophet Mohammed, and they must do so repeatedly. Period.”

Watch Pompeo’s full comments below:

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