Some Oklahoma Muslims have expressed concern about anti-Islamic rhetoric mounting at the state Capitol after the creation of a counter-terrorism legislative caucus whose members have focused on the activities of a Muslim civil rights group.
Spearheaded by Rep. John Bennett, a Marine Corps veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a fierce critic of Sharia Law, the caucus has fewer than a dozen "core" members. It meets informally mostly to educate other lawmakers, Bennett said.
"It's just to educate the legislators on the capabilities of terrorists and predominantly those ones who could have organizations here in our state that might have the opportunity to provide assets or resources for terrorist activities," said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. "We're not a law enforcement arm. We're not going to be out there kicking in doors, as much as I'd like to."