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Ibrahim Hooper with the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations told AP Ramsey's comments are a sign of "a disturbing trend in our nation in which it is suggested that American Muslims should have fewer or more restricted constitutional rights than citizens of other faiths."
Hooper urged Ramsey to meet with members of the Muslim community in his state "who can offer him balanced and accurate information about Islam."
In response, Ramsey said he's concerned that "far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political philosophy more than peace-loving religion."
"It's time for American Muslims who love this country to publicly renounce violent jihadism and to drum those who seek to do America harm out of their faith community," he said.
The Tennessee gubernatorial primary is Aug. 5. Ramsey goes up against Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga.
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