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UPDATE: Local group responds to Higgins Facebook post on terrorist attack

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Indivisible Acadiana, a local activist group, has issued a formal response to U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins' controversial Facebook post.

Sunday morning after the London terrorist attacks, Higgins posted to his campaign page. His full statement is below. 

Indivisible Acadiana, which has organized attendance at Higgins' local appearances and staged a "Die In" at his Lafayette office to protest his vote on the GOP health care plan, issued the statement Tuesday. In it, Indivisible Acadiana calls his comment "hateful" and says they have "no place in the public or private statements" of any American elected official. To read the full statement, scroll down. 

Stories about the post have been posted by most of the national newspapers, along with Time and Newsweek magazines, several British newspapers and even a Snopes addressed the story, to assure people it was true. 

Here's the post: 

"The free world... all of Christendom... is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all. - Captain Clay Higgins"

We put in a call to the Congressman's office to verify the post and to ask for his reaction, and received the following response: 

“We are a world at war. The enemy is radicalized Islamic jihadists. The terrorists certainly take advantage of the politically correct madness that consumes the West. They revel, that many in the western world are frightened to speak freely. I've never been accused of being politically correct. I call things the way I see them. The meaning of candid speech is frequently mischaracterized or misunderstood. This is about prioritizing national security and protecting American lives. Every measure must be taken to eliminate radical Islamic terrorism and the threat it poses to the free world. My only concern is protecting the people that live in my district, my state, and my country. We must stand strong against radical Islamic terror. The fate of the free world will be determined by the courageous, not by the intimidated.”

Here's the statement from Indivisible Acadiana: 

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