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06/17/2014 10:07 am ET Updated Jun 17, 2014

Conservatives Berate Muslim Woman After She Stood Up For Islam

A Heritage Foundation panel on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, turned ugly on Monday after a Muslim student stood up to say her faith wasn't being accurately represented.

The speakers, led by conservative commentator Andrew McCarthy, began to taunt American University law student Saba Ahmed, drawing an "extended standing ovation from the nearly 150 people in the room," according to The Washington Post's Dana Milbank.

"We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there's 1.8 billion followers of Islam," Ahmed said. "We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in this country and I don't see them represented here."

Brigitte Gabriel, a panelist of ACT for America, responded with a Nazi comparison.

“When you look throughout history, most Germans were peaceful, yet the Nazis drove the agenda and, as a result, 60 million died," she said. "Almost 14 million in concentration camps. The peaceful majority were irrelevant."

"On Sept. 11, we had 2.3 million Arab Muslims in the United States. It took 19 hijackers, 19 radicals, to bring the United States to its knees ... the peaceful majority were irrelevant. So for all our powers of reasons and us talking about moderate and peaceful Muslims, I'm glad you're here. But where are the others speaking out?"

"It is time we took political correctness and threw it in the garbage where it belongs," she added.

Watch the video of a portion of the exchange above, courtesy of Media Matters.

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