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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday grilled CIA Director Mike Pompeo on his views about Muslim Americans and homosexuality during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of State.

In a tense exchange, Booker pressed Pompeo on whether he believes that people worshipping “other gods” in America is a negative thing. Pompeo insisted that his record demonstrates he has treated people of “each and every faith with the dignity they deserve.”

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Referencing his past statements, Booker also asked Pompeo whether he believes that Muslims who fail to speak out against extremist violence are complicit in that violence. Pompeo answered that every individual has a “special obligation” to push back against such attacks. But he also suggested that Muslims are “better positioned” to speak out because of their religious views.

“For certain places, for certain forms of violence, there are some who are better positioned — folks who are more credible, more trustworthy, have a more shared experience — and so when it comes to making sure that we don’t have a terrorist brewing in places where Muslims congregate, there’s a special place — they have an opportunity, it’s more than a duty, it’s an opportunity,” Pompeo said.

Booker also attacked Lebanese-American conservative Brigitte Gabriel, who exposes Islamic extremism, claiming she runs a hate group, and demanded to know if Pompeo has ever called her out for her activism efforts?

Booker then grilled Pompeo over his opposition to gay sex and same-sex marriage.

“When I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same sex persons to marry,” Pompeo answered. “I stand by that.”

Booker wouldn’t let it lie, demanding again to know if Pompeo considers gay sex a perversion. Pompeo answered, “I’m going to give you the same answer I gave you previously. My respect for every individual regardless of their sexual orientation is the same.”

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