House rejects controversial study of Islam


House rejects controversial study of Islam

The amendment, drafted by conservative Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, also calls for the Pentagon to identify Islamic leaders that preach peaceful beliefs versus those that espouse extremist views. | AP Photo

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The House on Friday rejected a controversial GOP proposal identifying “Islamic religious doctrines, concepts or schools of thought” that could be used by terrorist groups — something opponents say is unconstitutional and will lead to the targeting of Muslims.
More than 20 centrist Republicans joined with Democrats to defeated the amendment, 208 to 217. Drafted by conservative Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the proposal called for the …

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