Haris Tarin,Â the Director of theÂ Muslim Public Affairs CouncilÂ in Washington DC, cautioned about the potential “consequence” of what people say in public when asked whether theÂ Sikh shooting on Sunday had any relation toÂ Michelle Bachmann’s inquiryÂ intoÂ the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood within the U.S. government.
Soon after the shooting,Â unsubstantiated commentsÂ beganÂ circulating on Twitter attempting to tie theÂ bloody Sunday rampageÂ at the Sikh temple inÂ Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to those raising questions about the Muslim Brotherhood.Â It should be noted that Islam and SikhismÂ share little common groundÂ when if comes to political philosophy or religious history.
Tarin was cautious in noting that we cannot make a direct link right now between the shooter and the Bachmann inquiry, which his organization is labeling as aÂ ‘witch hunt‘, but did note that Americans should be more “reflective” on what they say:
“What we can say is that as a nation is that we have to be moreÂ reflectiveÂ on how we speak on issues. […] We have to be responsible. We have this great firstÂ amendmentÂ and we have the right to say what we want and whenever we want and that’s what makes America great. Â But at the same time we have to understand that there isÂ consequence and responsibility that comes with what we say.”
Tarin went on to say now is not the time for judgement.
Bachmann (R-MN) came under fire after joining four other GOP representatives in sending a letterÂ requesting information from the Obama Administration concerning possible links between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. Departments of State and Justice. Other conservatives haveÂ defended Bachmann, saying that the inquiry raises legitimate questions without being insulting or disparaging to any individual or group.
The Brotherhood is considered one of most influential Islamist movements in the world; the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, is a member. Â Bachmann and four other Republican lawmakersÂ recently wrote the inspectors generalÂ of five federal departments asking them to compile a report on its influence in the United States.
TheBlaze interview took place outside the RNC headquarters on Capitol Hill where Tarin’s group had planned to convene a press conference calling on presidential candidateÂ Mitt Romney to denounceÂ Bachmann for her comments. The press conference was rescheduled due to rain.
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