Perry: White House Must Address Oklahoma Beheading

Does not meet Americans' definition of 'workplace violence'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry / AP

The Obama administration must address the beheading of an Oklahoma woman, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday.

"At some point in time the administration does have to address this as what is appears to many people that it is—and that is an act of violence that is associated with terrorism," Perry said on Fox News’ "Fox and Friends."

30-year-old Alton Nolen attacked two women Thursday at a Vaughan Foods plant in Moore, Okla., beheading one of them. Nolen had recently converted to Islam and made radical Islamic comments on Facebook

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According to the Washington Posttwo FBI officials said that the incident is being treated as an act of "workplace violence," despite Nolen's ties to radical Islam.

"I think Americans are confused about what this is," Perry said. "This is a clear case of an individual going in and doing something that does not meet their definition of ‘workplace violence’ so I think any rational thinking American is going to look at this and go, ‘This is more than just normal workplace violence.’"

Fox News' Steve Doocy said that if the incident is unrelated to recent beheadings by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, then "it's the craziest connection ever."

Perry said that the act "seems to fall into that type of activity," but said to "give the appropriate time to really do the investigation to make sure that this is in fact the case."