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King’s Hearings on Radical Islam in America

posted by Brad Hirschfield

With Rep. Peter King beginning hearings tomorrow, March 10 — hearings which will examine the issue of radicalization within the American Muslim community, two things should be stated very clearly: Islamic terror is real and so is Islamophobia. Denying the former is a deadly error, but addressing that real and pressing problem in no way necessitates or justifies the latter.
These hearings, if conducted properly, could surface both of those realities, which are rarely acknowledged in the same places and at the same time. Too often, in my own experience with both religious and communal leaders in the American Muslim community, those who are prepared to deal with the problem of Islamic terror, minimize or altogether ignore the ugliness of Islamophobia, while those who would have us focus on combating hatred of Muslims, downplay the linkage between Islam and terror in the world today.
What we need are people who have the bravery, honesty and compassion to address both at the same time. At the very least, it would be helpful if those lining up on both sides of these hearings would focus our attention on that challenge rather than simply defending King, who has said any number of outrageous things about Muslims and Islam, or suggesting that these hearings are simply an excuse for whipping up hatred against Muslims.
While it’s certainly true that these hearings could become the “witch hunt” which some are concerned about. The claim that merely holding the hearings constitutes such an islamophobic hunt is inappropriate.
Raising questions, however uncomfortable, does not constitute bias against the group to whom those questions are addressed, but it does make demands upon those who raise the questions. They will have to prove that their interest lies not in showing how a particular faith community is inherently dangerous or problematic. They will have to demonstrate a willingness not only to see radicalization about which they are concerned, but also to see where it is absent and the extent to which the fight against it from inside the Muslim community has been successful.
If these hearing proceed as they should, many people whose knee-jerk reaction is to defend Islam and Muslims as a group, will find themselves uncomfortable, and so will those people who believe that to see any Muslim is to see a threat, rather than simply seeing a fellow American who happens to be Muslim. If the overly simplistic picture typically portrayed by one side or the other is simply confirmed, then Rep. King will have failed and should be held accountable for his failure.
Ultimately, if these hearings are successful, America will be safer and there will actually be greater understanding of American Muslims and a deeper appreciation of the wide range of beliefs within the American Muslim community.



  • jestrfyl

    Remember the saying that begine with “They came for the…” This kind of paranoia does not end well for anyone.

  • nnmns

    Good column Brad.

  • romanscapegoat

    George bush and dick Chaney’s government and the Jews did 9/11…these hearings mean nothing but a minstrel show for the public…SOON THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT WILL BE INVOLED IN A HUGE ATTACK ON AMERICA AND WILL BLAME THE MUSLIUMS AGAIN…AMERICANS ARE DISPSOABLE CONSUMERS NOTHING MORE…THE WEALTHY HAVE DECIDED WAR MUST START…ITS TIME TO CLEANS THE WORLD OF OVER POPULATION..COPORAITIONS AND BANKS WILL MAKE BILLIONS ON WAR….WAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ANSWER, THE WEALTHY WHO CONTROL AMERICA AGREE WITH….

  • romanscapegoat

    the purpose of the hearings is to keep the ignorant Americans still asleep…the uprising for a change for a better life of the Muslim brothers may start the ignorant Americans to believe, muslims are not so bad…America along with the Jews must maintain the image of the Muslims as terrorist…the Jew religion and the crucifixion religion who lied about Jesus ever saying , believe I’m the son of god or you can never have a relationship with god and you will burn in hell,would never allow you to call the Muslims, brothers…try saying the muslims are your brothers and sister….see how much hate is in your heart…god will bring war soon…

  • http://ilovetoronto.com/ Heather

    The Republicans realize that there is no possible way to win the next presidential elections and so they will exploit such hot issues in order to gain more support among the voters.

  • romanscapegoat

    Obama needs to expose the corruption…the banks and corporations are deliberately keeping economy down…its not the republicans against the democrats…its the wealthy against the not rich…the wealthy are happy to have the good Christians, who are the not rich republican voters who worry and cant function normally unless the wealthy are left alone free of regulation, free from unions, free from responsibility to their evil acts…the wealthy control everything you see on TV…ITS THE WEALTHY AGAINST THE NOT RICH…Obama told America at his first state of the union…the republicans and democrats and supreme court are all controlled by the banks and corporations…Obama said he would stop the corruption…the wealthy who control the media and everything on TV immediately started an agenda to attack Obama…ITS THE WEALTHY AGAINST THE NOT RICH…AND THE WEALTHY ARE THE JEWS

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