There was a stark contrast between recent comments by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and those by Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn. Speaking to the Wichita Pachyderm Club Friday, Pompeo cautioned against equating Islam with terrorism. That is what Peterjohn did repeatedly during a 13-minute speech at a County Commission meeting two days earlier. Pompeo, who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to the Middle East, noted that there are many Muslims who “despise this extremism as much as anyone of any other faith.” Peterjohn said it was “irrelevant” that not all Muslims are terrorists. – Phillip Brownlee
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