"The only news is that it's no longer news that a Republican lawmaker spews anti-Muslim bigotry," said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Hooper was referring to the fact that state Senator Kevin Grantham, a Cañon City Republican, recently said he saw merit in a proposal put forward by lightning-rod Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders that lawmakers should ban any future mosque construction in the state.

"You have to understand the scene," Hooper told the Colorado Independent. "The theory in these anti-Muslim circles is that Islam is not a religion, that it's a political ideology, so U.S. laws protecting the expression of religion don't apply.

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