If it wasn't clear already, it should be now. State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, is not going to back down on his criticism of Muslims and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Speaking to about 25 members of the Muskogee Patriot Group at the town's public library on Thursday, Bennett doubled down on statements he's made that have garnered national attention in the last few weeks, covering a variety of topics but saving some especially vicious vitriol for CAIR.

Bennett told the tea party group that there's "no difference between moderate Islam and extreme Islam" and said CAIR might have been lying to promote its pro-Muslim agenda when it denounced the actions of Alton Nolen, who is accused of beheading a woman in Moore last week.

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