The Council on American-Islamic Relations urged its supporters Monday to thank their members of Congress after the narrow defeat of a legislative amendment that would have required the Pentagon to assess "the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification."

CAIR says the measure, voted down Friday by the House of Representatives in a 217-208 vote, unfairly targeted one faith, and wrongly gave the government authority to define "unorthodox" religious practice.

But a prominent anti-Islamist Muslim said the measure's failure showed how far there is to go in the move away from "the apologetic pro-Islamist era of the Obama administration."

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