Imad Enchassi


State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, plans to file legislation next year that would prohibit terrorist organizations from operating in Oklahoma, but he didn't offer specifics on what that might look like.

The retired U.S. Marine and former police officer led an interim study Tuesday in the House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee to discuss Islam, Shariah Law, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the radicalization process, the study states:

Imam Imad Enchassi leads a prayer at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.
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Over 4.8 million refugees have fled the violence in Syria since the civil war began five years ago. The majority are in camps in Turkey, Lebanon, and other countries in the Middle East. Over 22,000 refugees resettled in the United States from October through February, but only 955 were Syrian. Only three Syrians have settled in Oklahoma since 2012.

Christianity and Islam from Aleppo,Syria

Today Imad Enchassi is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University and the founder and Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City (ISGOC), but his childhood as a refugee compelled him to devote his life to helping other refugees and promoting understanding between people of different faiths.

Oklahoma City University professor of Islamic Studies and Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City Imam Imad Enchassi  speaking during a September 17 press conference in Oklahoma City.
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Muslim, Christian and Jewish community leaders held a press conference Wednesday in front of the state Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City.

The speakers condemned comments by state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), who earlier this week called Muslims "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out."