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Critics Raise Concerns about House Hearings on Muslims

By DANIEL BURKE
c. 2011 Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) A coalition of more than 50 Muslim, human rights, and faith organizations is urging House leaders to raise concerns about planned hearings this month on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, plans to focus his hearing on homegrown terrorism, including the Fort Hood shooting and attempted Times Square bombing, both plots hatched by American-born Muslims.
King has accused U.S. Muslim leaders of failing to cooperate with law enforcement officials and said that 80 percent of American mosques are run by extremists, a figure that Muslim leaders and scholars sharply dispute.
“Singling out a group of Americans for government scrutiny based on their faith is divisive and wrong,” the coalition wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The 51-member coalition includes Amnesty International USA, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, and the Interfaith Alliance, as well as dozens of local and national Muslim groups.
“I don’t believe it warrants an answer,” King said of the letters. “I am too busy preparing for the hearings.”
A few members of Congress, including the House’s two Muslims and former Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., have already denounced King’s plans.

  • Your Name

    Demagogy, pure and simple.

  • Heretic_for_Christ

    Sorry, previous post was mine.

  • cknuck

    On the one hand there are homegrown Muslim terrorist and to try to ignore or underplay that fact would be foolish but on the other hand fools like this are almost equally as dangerous as they feed the flames of division among Americans.

  • nnmnns

    It’s far more likely these hearings will stir up more fools who will do stupid, bigoted things and hurt us with those who have been helping us, than that it will uncover anything real. People like King are not concerned about America but rather about power.

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