State Rep. Joe Seiwert, R- Pretty Prairie, changed his tune. On Thursday he apologized, sort of, for forwarding an e-mail saying that “we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country” and claiming that Muslims “obviously cannot be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans.” Seiwert said: “If I offended anybody, I did not do it intentionally.” But when the Hutchinson News contacted Seiwert earlier in the week about the e-mail, he was defiant, claiming that “a lot of it is very factual.” He said that “it’s an insult to me that you’re trying to make something out of this deal, because I have the right to freedom of speech.” And when it was pointed out to him that there are Muslims living in his home county, Seiwert said, “Sure, there’s murderers, there’s tax evasion people, there’s all kinds of people (who) live in my district.” So Muslim-Americans are comparable to tax cheats and murderers? At least he’s sorry now “if” he offended anybody.
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