Remember all the "controversy" surroudning Rep. Peter King's hearing the radicalization of young Muslim men last year? Here's a refresher.
The Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, was at the center of the hearings today on Capitol Hill as lawmakers and witnesses addressed concerns about the radicalization of American Muslims, in particular young men between the ages of 15 and 30 years old. Political correctness was credited throughout testimony for the expansion of radicalism in the American Muslim community.
“When we look at the problem of radicalization, the excuses will never run out,” Dr. Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy said. “It seems to me that Americans are sitting around doing nothing to combat extremists.”
Jasser stressed the need to combat radicalism, saying the issue is a moral one that Muslims must take on and fix. He added that violence is the last step in radicalization and that American Muslims are failing to address, observe and report those they see taking steps toward radicalization in a productive, proactive way that provides solutions moving forward. Jasser compared radicalism in Islam to a cancer, and said if American Muslims are going to fix the problem, they have to be able to talk about it openly and attack it from all angles. When asked about his view on CAIR, Jasser said the organization promotes a victim mentality rather than a cooperative attitude within the American Muslim community.
“We have a problem internally,” Jasser said. “We must awaken the silent Muslim majority.”
Now, King is back with more hearings and Democrats are calling for the investigation of "radical Christians."
"People who see the hearings and never hear about the hearing on the radicalization of Christianity have to ask themselves, ‘Why is this missing?’" said Green. "Why don’t we go to the next step and ask, how is that a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country? We don’t have that type of hearing." Long Island's King, meanwhile, remained unapologetic about singling out Muslims, notes the Star-Ledger. “To deny that there’s any correlation between the Muslim faith and the biggest threat to this country today defies credulity," said the chair of the Homeland Security panel at one point.
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