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Orlando Shooting Could Spur Anti-Muslim Sentiment
by Pamela Dockins
Calls for Muslims to be banned from U.S. entry as a result of the Orlando mass shooter's claim of allegiance to Islamic State could strain U.S. relations with allies in Muslim-majority nations, said an official with the largest Muslim civil liberties group in the U.S.
"Whenever you have a situation where allies are concerned about possible reckless behavior if someone gets into the White House, I think that can only harm our relations with the rest of the world," said Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
His comments came Monday after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump repeated a call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S., following Sunday's massacre at a Florida nightclub with a predominately gay clientele.
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