U.S. House rejects plan to identify the enemy

With more than 20 Republicans joining Democrats, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would identify the “Islamic religious doctrines, concepts or schools of thought” that could be used by terrorist groups. The amendment, drafted by House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., was defeated Friday by a 208 to 217 vote. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. called for the Pentagon to identify Islamic leaders who preach peaceful beliefs versus those who espouse extremist views, Politico reported. Robert Spencer, the author of numerous books on Islam and the director of Jihad Watch, wrote that the bill’s defeat was a demonstration of the unwillingness of Congress to confront the issue honestly.

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