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Allen West Challenges Bill Cosby's Comments on Muslim Families

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 02:29 PM

By Courtney Coren

Former Rep. Allen West is taking issue with comments made by comedian Bill Cosby suggesting that black American families should emulate Muslim families.

"Bill Cosby said we should b more like Muslims. U mean honor killings, beheadings, suicide bombings? Hope ur kidding sir," the Florida Republican said Monday, taking to his Twitter account to criticize a Cosby op-ed piece that appeared in the New York Post on Saturday.

Under the subtitle, 'What Muslims Get Right,' Cosby wrote, "I'm a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things. They don't smoke, they don't drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect.

"And what do these other people do?" he continued. "They complain about them, they criticize them. We'd be a better world if we emulated them. We don't have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work."

West doubled down on his criticism of Cosby on Tuesday, using Twitter once again.

"Wonder if Cosby appreciates discipline & family values of Syrians who killed 15 yr old?" he tweeted, in reference to a boy who was executed by al-Qaida-affiliated fighters after he was accused of disrespecting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Cosby's comments about Muslim families were made in the context that changes in the black community need to start with the strengthening of family values.

"The revolution is in the home," he wrote.





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