A local representative in Oklahoma has issued a series of questions – including “Do you beat your wife?” – for Muslim constituents hoping to meet him.

The office of Republican State Rep. John Bennett, who once called Islam a “cancer”, has presented the questionnaire to three Muslim school students who sought to speak to him at his office.

Among the questions were: “(The prophet) Mohammed was a killer of pagans, Christians and Jews that did not agree with him... do you agree with his example?”

The questionnaire also asked Muslims whether they would denounce groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, which are two resistance movements fighting against Israeli atrocities.

It also asked Muslims whether they believed former Muslims should be punished for abandoning their faith.

Mr. Bennettt made the headlines in 2014 when he referred to Islam as “a cancer that needs to be cut out”.

His latest move, too, sparked a swift rebuke from civil rights groups such as Cair – the US’s largest Muslim rights group that has a 40,000-strong membership in Oklahoma.

“Nobody should be vetted with stupid, Islamophobic, hateful, bigoted questions before they can meet with their representative,” said Adam Soltani, the executive director of Cair-OK.