SHAFAQNA -Â A leading US Muslim advocacy group has called on the Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walkers to apologize over his anti-Muslim remarks, in which he claimed that there are only a “handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam.â€
â€œThese types of inaccurate statements reflect a lack of understanding of Islam and Muslims that is, frankly, not presidential,â€ the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
â€œIf Mr. Walker believes only a â€˜handfulâ€™ of Muslims are moderate or reasonable, then he is ignoring the very clear reality that violent extremists murder more Muslims than they do people of any other faith.â€
CAIRâ€™s calls followed Walkerâ€™s remarks he made in Derry, New Hampshire, where he said that the vast majority of Muslims are extremists.
Moreover, Wisconsin governor taunted the US president Barack Obama and said: â€œYouâ€™ve got to identify who the enemy is loud and clear,â€ Wisconsin State Journal reported on Sunday, August 23.
â€œWeâ€™ve said it repeatedly, itâ€™s radical Islamic terrorism, it is a war not against only America and Israel, itâ€™s a war against Christians, itâ€™s a war against Jews, itâ€™s a war against even the handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who donâ€™t share the radical beliefs that these radical Islamic terrorists have.â€
Defending the governorâ€™s remarks, spokeswoman Ashlee Strong said in a statement:Â â€œThe Governor knows that the majority of ISISâ€™s victims are Muslims. Muslims who want to live in peace â€” the majority of Muslims â€” are the first target of radical Islamic terrorists.
â€œUnder the Obama-Clinton foreign policy doctrine, weâ€™ve been abandoning our traditional Muslim allies in the Middle East and allowing ISIS, al Qaeda, and Iran to fill the void.â€
He added that the campaignâ€™s follow-up statement about Muslims wanting to live in peace encompassed â€œexactly what he was saying.â€
The presidential candidate offensive remarks came a month after one of his advisors called for using nuclear weapons on a number of Muslim-majority nations and for the deportation of undocumented immigrants of Middle Eastern descent.
Later on, Walkers distanced his campaign from the comments of his foreign affairs advisor.