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Amazingly Dumb': Senior State Dept. Official Slammed Over Tweet About Islamic State's Purported Execution of Japanese Prisoner

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"not living in reality"

Rick Stengel, an under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, posted a curious reaction on Twitter Saturday to reports that the Islamic State had executed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa.

“Brutal criminal murder of Japanese citizen #Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group #Daesh,” Stengel tweeted. “Nothing religious about it.”

Stengel's "nothing religious about it" conclusion seems to fall in line with the Obama administration's refusal to connect the Islamic State's widespread killings to the teachings of radical Islam or Islamic extremism, the Washington Free Beacon noted.

As you might imagine, Twitter users didn't quite see things Stengel's way:

Stengel was managing editor of Time magazine before taking the state department job.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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