Lawmakers Want Ban on Islamic Group

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WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are speaking out to keep members of an Islamic group with ties to terrorists from speaking to U.S. troops.

The controversy began after radical Muslim Louay Safi was invited to lecture at Fort Hood shortly after last month's shooting rampage.

Now, 13 members of Congress have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking him to stop any lectures from the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

Safi works for ISNA-- a group that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. History. That did not prevent the U.S. military from inviting Safi to speak to American soldiers just weeks after an Islamic terrorist murdered 13 troops at the base.

Safi delivered a lecture about Islam to troops who were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Critics say he and ISNA have a long track record of radical associations and are closely tied to the Muslim brotherhood, a worldwide jihadist movement.

In the letter to Gates, lawmakers wrote:

"What better way (for the Muslim brotherhood) to carry out its plans to "sabotage" our efforts than to have one of its own invited to lecture on Islam to the very troops called to defend this country against those the brotherhood supports."

Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri spoke with CBN News about why he decided to sign the letter with his colleagues.

"To then bring in somebody who's an apologist, essentially, for jihad, and then giving him a bully pulpit to speak to our troops, it just seemed like an insane thing to do. and somebody apparently didn't do their homework."

Akin says the Pentagon has not been forthcoming with information about how Safi was invited to lecture at Fort Hood.

CBN News recently spoke to a spokesman for the base who said that Safi's presentation raised no issues or concerns among anyone there. He added that Fort Hood was unaware of Safi's radical associations--even though they are readily available through a simple Internet search.

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