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March 9, 2011

On the Left's Hysteria Over the King Hearings

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

As Rick Moran aptly notes over at RightWing Nuthouse, reading commentary from liberals and Muslim groups like CAIR on Representative Peter King's (R-NY), hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in America, one is shocked by the over the top, exaggerated, hysterical rhetoric being used to describe it. And indeed, counter arguments just don't stand up to scrutiny, as Moran point out in his article at

[...] The hearings aren't about bigotry. Nor are they about the Muslim faith. They are about a danger that President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Attorney General Eric Holder have all talked about recently: domestically recruited and radicalized terrorists.

[...] In fact, the list of radicalized, home-grown terrorists is a long one. The question isn't why we are looking at the problem, but why anyone in their right mind would oppose the effort in the first place?

The attacks on Rep. King are as vicious as they are unfair. The New York Times, in an editorial dripping with self-righteousness, blatantly calls him a bigot. Says the Times: "His refusal to tone down the provocation despite widespread opposition suggests that he is far more interested in exploiting ethnic misunderstanding than in trying to heal it."

In fact, the Times won't even grant King the benefit of the doubt regarding any radicalization of Muslims in America. It editorializes, "Mr. King, a Republican whose district is centered in Nassau County on Long Island, says the hearings will examine the supposed radicalization of American Muslims."

The "supposed" radicalization of American Muslims? This is the CAIR position lock, stock, and barrel. The unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial promote the idea that Americans mistake extremists for devout Muslims and that preaching jihad against the West doesn't necessarily mean that violence is being promoted. Any effort to say otherwise is met with cries of "Islamophobia" or "racism."

In an article in the New York Daily News on February 28, CAIR accused King of all sorts of vile offenses, including "hold[ing] hearings on the alleged 'radicalization' of American Muslims" and lying about the lack of cooperation between the Muslim community and law enforcement when it comes to terrorism investigations.

Despite CAIR's caterwauling, police and federal agents confirm King's assertion. A New York Daily News article quoted local and federal law enforcement officials declaring that King was right about the lack of cooperation from Muslims in terror investigations, although they also point to similar attitudes toward tipping police from other ethnic communities. The point being, CAIR is wrong and they know it. Their goal is not to improve communication between Muslims and the FBI, but rather to stoke the flames of distrust so that their people see a greater need for a "Muslim civil rights group" to protect them from the police and the Feds.

As you would think, the most exaggerated invective directed against King comes from the hysterical left, which as never met a conservative unfit for Hitler comparisons, or, in the case of King, a paranoid Islamophobe.

Read the entire piece ...

As Moran goes on to point out, King has had to ask for extra security because of the death threats, and remains genuinely puzzled at the reaction from the Left. One can't help but wonder just what is it that the Left is afraid of and what are they and their Islamist friends hiding from.

Could it be that they are afraid of the truth about the ease and manner in which Muslims are radicalized? After all, that's the reason the hearings are being held in the first place ... and hiding our collective heads in the sand isn't going to make it go away - it will then only continue to get worse.

Related: Andrew Bostom suggests that the King hearings should probe imams whose teachings threaten Americans - beginning with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) that has issued rulings that sanction hatred of non-Muslims, the killing of apostates, "blasphemers" (including non-Muslims guilty of this "crime"), or adulterers (by stoning to death), and condone marital rape and female genital mutilation. The AMJA has also issued a blatantly anti-American fatwa directed at U.S. troops and their mission, which was deemed an "occupation."

Other related: In defense of Rep. Pete King's hearings on Islamic radicalization

Posted by Richard at March 9, 2011 12:03 PM

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