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Rep. Walsh Defends Comments about Radical Muslims

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) defended comments made at Elk Grove Villageon Wednesday evening concerning the danger radical Muslims pose to American families.

"The threat that radical Islam poses to American families and our way of life is not anything new. It is a real threat. The Committee on Homeland Security, of which I am a member, has held five hearings that examined the threat of Muslim radicalization, especially radicalization within the Muslim-American community. Members of the Committee are not alone in this--even Attorney General Holder and Janet Napolitano of the Obama Administration have warned about the dangers of radical Islam."

"We cannot let political correctness blind us to reality. While most Muslims in America and around the world are as peace loving as the rest of us, we would be foolish to ignore the fact that there is a radical minority that simply wants to destroy America and the values that we stand for. A recent Pew Poll said that 15% of Muslim-American men between the age of 18 and 29 could support suicide bombings. How people can dismiss things like that, I don't understand, but I won't. It is our responsibility as Members of Congress to protect American families."


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