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Candidate's ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’ Spark Concern Among U.S. Muslims

Muslim Americans in Missouri are worried that a political candidate’s bumper stickers could incite anti-Islamic violence, according to ThinkProgress.

The Associated Press reported that Republican Eric Greitens, who is running for governor, offered the stickers with the words “ISIS Hunting Permit 2016” in exchange for $10 contributions. Those who donated $100 received stickers bearing the signature of Rob O’Neill, a Navy SEAL who claims he murdered Osama bin Laden.

The novelty item also featured the message “We defeat this evil.” The fundraising tactic was so successful that the campaign has run out of the stickers. Faizen Syed of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ chapter in Missouri warned that the anti-ISIS message could endanger Muslims who do not support the terrorist group.

“When they get a bumper sticker saying, ‘Here’s your permit to attack ISIS,’ and they see a young Muslim lady at Walmart, and they’re like, ‘This is ISIS, I’m going to attack them,’ that’s when the real trouble begins,” Syed told Fox 2 News. ThinkProgress pointed out that the number of assaults, threats, and vandalism victimizing Muslims has been rising across the country.

However, Greitens claimed he was targeting “radical Islam,” not law-abiding people. “As leaders, we need to be very clear: There is a difference between Islam and radical Islamic terrorism,” he explained to Fox 2. “The reason there is confusion out there is that we don’t have strong leaders who are willing to identify this as a warped terrorist ideology.”

Source: Think Progress
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