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Delph: 'Moral obligation' to introduce Muslims

Posted at 9:59 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 21:59:16-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) invited Hoosier Muslims on Tuesday to share their stories, along with their pride and love for the U.S.

Delph said some of his constituents, who are both pro-American and pro-Muslim, have received unfair and intense scrutiny after recent world events.

"As a Christian conservative Republican who's represented Pike Township for now 10 years, I had somewhat of a moral obligation to introduce my friend, Dr. Haroon Qazi, his wife Penny and the Khairi family to you all," Delph said.

The families denounced recent acts of terror. But, Qazi, an Army veteran, says he's been stopped by the Department of Homeland Security every time he has flown since 9/11.

"I fully and actively support the destruction of ISIS, the destruction of all of these things," he said. "And I want the Muslim community to be included in the attack on these people. This is not what Islam preaches. The people who carry out these acts are criminals and terrorists."

Delph declined to comment about Gov. Mike Pence's decision to suspend the resettlement program for Syrian refugees, but said he will have more to say next month when the General Assembly reconvenes.

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