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Lawmaker called on to retract remarks about Muslim group
It's been nearly a month since the public hearing where Rep. Larry Haler accused the Muslim civil-liberties organization known as Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of having ties to foreign extremist groups.
CAIR and other advocacy groups haven't forgotten the episode and gathered Thursday to call on him to publicly retract his remarks.
In a House Judiciary Committee hearing Jan. 14, where some GOP lawmakers mulled bringing back subversive-activities laws for Muslim extremist organizations, the Richland Republican accused CAIR of being "basically run by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas," with a goal "to overthrow the country."
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