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WATCH: CNN’s Lemon asks Muslim attorney, ‘Do you support ISIS?’

CNN anchor Don Lemon asked a Muslim lawyer Wednesday if he supports the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during the cable network’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on a French satirical newspaper.

Lemon asked Arsalan Iftikhar, also a senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, for his reaction on the attacks and asked whether Iftikhar thought radical Islam was to blame for the shootings.

{mosads}After Iftikhar condemned the attacks on the newspaper, Lemon asked him if he supported ISIS.

“Wait, did you just ask if I support ISIS?” Iftikhar said.

Lemon cited a poll that found 16 percent of all French citizens supported ISIS, but Iftikhar said those people wouldn’t support the killings just because they share certain religious ideologies.

“It’s important to not conflate the actions of a very few to a population of 1.7 billion people, which represents 20 percent on the world’s population,” Iftikhar said. “If people want to blame Islam for things, they can blame us for inventing algebra or modern medical anesthesia or having five out of the last 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners.”

Iftikhar said every religion has been subjected to acts of religious terrorism, citing the 30 Years’ War in Europe and even the Ku Klux Klan in the United States.

“You can still have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people,” he said. “We’re as horrified as everybody else at what happened today.”


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