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Tenn. State Rep: 'I Don't Trust One Muslim in Our Military


"I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me."

Tennessee State Rep. Rick Womick is raising some eyebrows following some very curious comments he recently made about Muslims.

In an interview with Think Progress' Lee Fang at the "Preserving Freedom Conference" in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the politician made a number of shocking statements about Islam. To summarize: He made it clear that he doesn't support allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. But that may be putting it lightly.

"Personally, I don't trust one Muslim in our military," Womick said. "[I]f they truly are a devout Muslim, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me."

Watch these comments, below:

But Womick's commentary didn't end here.

The Daily News Journal penned a follow-up on the incident. In an interview with the newspaper, the lawmaker didn't offer an apology and he stood by his previous comments.

"Who are we at war with?" he asked during the interview. "We are at war with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are Muslims. It's a Catch-22. They are not allowed to kill their fellow Muslims, we're at war with Muslims. The only solution I see is that they not be allowed in the military."

Here's an extended version of the video, with more commentary and discussion on the matter:

As a result of Womick's comments, Saleh Sbenaty of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said, " ... he needs to be impeached immediately."

Womick, who was in the U.S. Air Force, served as a fighter pilot in the first Gulf War.

(H/T: Gawker)

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