As Republican congressman Peter King has opened hearings on radical Islam in America, some Islamists, the Media Left and the Democrats have gone overboard to impugn King. Meanwhile tens of millions of Americans support King. They want answers.
King is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The official title of the hearings is The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response
C-Span did not even cover the King hearings, while major media figures in America took out after King. Here are excerpts from far-left Richard Cohen, a commentator at the Washington Post in an column called Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization: Fuel for the bigots
Here, I am sure, is the answer: The hearings are about Pete King…. King is setting a dangerous precedent. The government has no business examining any peaceful religious group because a handful of adherents have broken the law. If it did, it would be past time to look into the Roman Catholic Church, which clearly was – or maybe still is – concealing the sex crimes of priests and others. The organization BishopAccountability.org reports that perhaps more than 100,000 children” have been sexually abused since 1950 by Catholic clergymen of one sort or another. Nearly 6,000 priests have been accused of abuse – 5.3 percent of the total active in that period. Almost none of them had a day in court, and in many cases their crimes were covered up and the offenders allowed to go on their merry way. (end of excerpt)
So here is Cohen seeking to change the subject like liberals always do when they are losing the debate.
So let’s take Cohen’s bait and run with it. Perhaps Cohen could look into the pro-homosexual bias of many in the Catholic Church, rather than maligning King and talking about only a “peaceful religious group”, which Islam no longer is. It is slowly evolving into a radical political movement. The moderates are being intimidated by the extremists.
In other words Cohen is blind on both counts.
CNN’s Dana Bash called the King hearings an updated version of the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, although Bash should have been more careful in her analogy. Because McCarthy was ultimately proven right in his pursuit of communists in the media, the government and Hollywood.
Meanwhile, if you recall, the congressional hearings on steroids in baseball were a major story that was widely disseminated. Nobody complained about them.
On March 11, the St Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about the first day of hearings:
‘”This hearing today is playing into al-Qaida right now around the world,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. She said the hearing was “an effort to demonize and castigate a whole broad basis of human beings.” Lee raised her voice to a shout at times. Noting the number of Muslim witnesses at the four-hour hearing, she said, “Muslims are here cooperating; they are doing what this hearing suggests they do not do.”‘ (end of excerpt)
Another feint from a Democrat. Uh, congresswoman Lee, perhaps since you are black you could raise your voice to a shout while looking into the astronomical murder rate in black America as another form of domestic terrorism, instead of criticizing King.
Democrat congressman Keith Ellison, the only Muslim in the US Congress, wept openly at the first day of the hearings after he described the heroic actions of a Muslim-American paramedic who lost his life in the September 11 terror attacks. Ellison warned that congressman King was implicating the broader Muslim community with his hearings.
Yes, Ellison cried. So where have Ellison’s tears been for the other 3,000 American lives lost that day? Or for the millions of people worldwide who have been victims of Islamic terrorism either directly or indirectly, including 850,000 Christians who have been driven from Iraq out of fear and violence?
Good question. But for one single Muslim, Ellison cried. What a reprehensible performance. Ellison’s tears truly are the crocodile tears of “certain” Muslims designed to emotionally trick the ignorant people among us into minimizing the threat posed by radical Islam.
And here is an exchange between black Texas Democrat congressman Al Green and Kerry Picket of washingtontimes.com as Green tried to switch the subject and make it seem like the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) should be investigated and not radical Islam:
‘KP: It’s been reported that of all the 126 terror indictments all of have been Muslim. Do you think that should be considered in this particular hearing? REP. Al GREEN:I think that all criminals should be prosecuted. I think that all terrorists should be investigated which is why I said we ought to investigate all of them and that would include the KKK. Over a hundred years of terrorism why not investigate them too. They are rooted in a religion as well. Check their website out. You’ll see. KP: Congressman King said they haven’t caused as many problems and… REP. GREEN: Well ask the men who have been castrated whether they caused a problem. Ask the men who were lynched whether they caused a problem. KP: When did that happen recently, sir? REP. GREEN: Does it have to happen recently, and they are still existing for us to investigate them? If you never had to live with a cross burning, you don’t appreciate what a cross burning can do in terms of terrorizing people. My suspicion is, based on what you’re saying to me, that I should say to you, I hope you won’t defend the KKK. KP: I don’t have any plans to, sir. REP. GREEN: I hope you won’t defend the KKK. KP: But I’m just… REP. GREEN: I hope you won’t defend the KKK. REP. GREEN: I hope you won’t defend the KKK. KP: But I’m just curious… REP. GREEN: I hope you are not going to defend the KKK.’ (end of excerpt)
This is a classic Democrat switcheroo using emotional trickery. And this is a United States congressman. This is shameful.
Peter King has been bold and should be applauded for these hearings. If this type of hearing were held during the Clinton years, 9/11 would easily have been prevented. But none were held. Because Democrats ignore terrorism while seeing a bogeyman behind every Tea Party protest.
King defended his decision to press forward. He cited recent terror plots against the US and said that his hearings could help to protect America by more closely examining the origin of such plots. “This committee cannot live in denial,” King said.
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