Muslim students say Oklahoma Congressman gave them "hateful" questionnaire

Mar 13, 2017

State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw
Credit James Gibbard / Tulsa World

A group of Oklahoma residents grew upset last week after a Republican Oklahoma lawmaker asked them to fill out a questionnaire that they described as “hateful.”

As KFOR reports, State Rep. John Bennett greeted three Muslim students who recently visited his office in honor of Muslim Day, a celebration of the Islamic faith at the State Capitol. Bennett responded to the students’ visit by handing them a questionnaire.

The document evidently contained what the stude Kornts considered offensive questions. One example: “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?”

The Congressman defended himself, saying he didn’t speak to the students personally but that the questions in his handout were based on Islamic texts.

Adam Soltani, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relationm called the questionnaire “stupid, Islamophobic and hateful.”