March 7th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Muslims anxious, active ahead of radicalization hearings

Editor's Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt. “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door”, airs Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. E.T.

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Every day this week, American Muslim activists are working overtime to prepare for congressional hearings on "the radicalization of American Muslims" that open Thursday.

Sunday saw Muslim demonstrators gather in New York's rain-drenched Times Square to protest the hearings, standing with celebrities like Russell Simmons and other non-Muslims who held signs declaring "I am Muslim, too."

On Monday, representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations - a national Muslim advocacy group - met will sympathetic Capitol Hill staffers to discuss communications strategy and grassroots organizing to counter Islamophia.

On Tuesday, a coalition of major Muslim, interfaith and civil rights groups will announce a new campaign and website to push back against politicians and others they say are trafficking in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

And that's before the hearings even begin.

“The community is anxious, uncertain and even fearful in terms of what this could become in this environment,” says Akbar Ahmed, an Islamic studies professor at American University who has met with Capitol Hill aides in advance of the hearings.

“There is a generalized sense of Islamophobia floating around, and the hearings are not doing anything to assuage Muslim fears.”

Days before the first in what Rep. Peter King, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, has said will be a series of hearings on American Muslim radicalization, many Muslims are deeply nervous at the specter of being demonized from such a highly visible platform as Capitol Hill. The hearings may stretch out for more than a year.

But King’s hearings also have galvanized American Muslims, perhaps as never before, in an attempt to counter what they call a rising tide of Islamophobia, to lobby Washington about their concerns and to help shape the national narrative about their community.

The efforts come a little more than six months after many Muslims were blindsided by a wave of national opposition to a proposed Islamic cultural center near New York’s ground zero last summer.

“There was this sense after last summer’s events of needing to be more proactive in stemming this activity that stokes anti-Muslim hate,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy group.

“That’s why, as soon as we heard Rep. King say he planned to hold these hearings, we started coming forward to express our concerns,” Khera said.

In February, Muslim Advocates spearheaded a letter to congressional leaders objecting to the hearings. It was signed by more than 50 organizations, including civil rights groups that had not previously been involved with the American Muslim community.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim advocacy group, used its annual lobbying day last month to visit 90 congressional offices to “start offering facts about American Muslims and their role in helping prevent attacks on our nation,” said Corey Saylor, the group’s national legislative director.

Two other groups - the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Arab American Institute - held a briefing, “Islamophobia: A Challenge to American Pluralism,” for Capitol Hill staffers last Wednesday.

The King hearings are also spurring mosques around the country to get more political.

“Muslim Americans make vital contributions every day,” said Hadi Nael, director of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley in California, whose congregation is calling and writing Congress to voice opposition to the King hearings.

“They love this country just as every American does and should not be placed under suspicion of terrorism because of their religious beliefs or ethnic background,” he said. “King’s hearings would do just that.”

Muslims and non-Muslims demonstrated in New York

Many Muslim activists said that recent remarks from King, a New York Republican, including his support for a theory that 80% of American mosques are controlled by radical imams, are evidence that he intends to target the American Muslim community broadly with his hearings, rather than focus on Islamic radicals.

“Let’s not fall into the same ugly patterns that were prevalent in earlier years in America, when Jews were suspected of aiding communism and Catholics were suspected of supporting fascism,” said Eboo Patel, a leading Muslim activist, summing up his opposition to the hearings.

“Let’s not repeat that history by blaming all Muslims for the extremist actions of a range of people in this country.”

A White House official appeared at a Muslim community center Sunday to speak about the need to prevent violent extremism, saying U.S. Muslims are part of the solution.

"The bottom line is this - when it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you're part of the solution," said Denis McDonough, deputy national security adviser to President Obama. "Of course, the most effective voices against al Qaeda's warped worldview and interpretation of Islam are other Muslims."

McDonough also said, "We must resolve that, in our determination to protect the nation, we will not stigmatize or demonize entire communities because of the actions of a few. In the United States of America, we don't practice guilt by association."

A White House source said McDonough's speech was not meant as a "prebuttal" to King's hearings, while a spokesman said the administration is finalizing its strategy to help stop violent extremism.

King called for the hearings on Muslim radicalization after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in November's elections. He declined calls from some Democrats to broaden sessions to focus on extremists of all types, including neo-Nazis, radical environmentalists and anti-tax groups.

“Al Qaeda is actively attempting to recruit individuals living within the Muslim American community to commit acts of terror,” King wrote in a letter last month to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, the ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee, who had suggested that King broaden the hearings’ scope.

“Pursuant to our mandate, the committee will continue to examine the threat of Islamic radicalization, and I will not allow political correctness to obscure a real and dangerous threat to the safety and security of the citizens of the United States,” King’s letter continued.

King told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday that "something from within" the Muslim community is a "threat" to America and needs to be explored.

He compared the goal of the hearings to investigating the Mafia within the Italian community or going after the Russian mob in "the Russian community in Brighton Beach and Coney Island."

"We're talking about al Qaeda," King said. "There's been self-radicalization going on within the Muslim community, within a very small minority, but it's there, and that's where the threat is coming from at this time."

King has yet to release a full witness list for this week’s hearing, exacerbating Muslim anxiety. The sole witness whose name King has released is Zuhdi Jasser, an Arizona doctor who is Muslim but who has criticized his religion.

King has also invited Rep Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota - the first Muslim elected to Congress - to testify.

Ellison also appeared on "State of the Union" on Sunday, saying, "I challenge the basic premise of the hearings."

"We should deal with radicalization and violent radicalization, but ... singling out one community is the wrong thing to do," he said.

Democrats have invited Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca, who has praised Muslim leaders for building relationships with law enforcement authorities, to testify.

A recent survey showed that 56% of Americans support the upcoming hearings, compared with 29% who think they’re a bad idea.

The February survey, conducted by Public Opinion Research and the Religion News Service, found that seven in 10 Americans think Congress should refrain from singling out Muslims and should investigate all religious extremism.

Not all Muslims object to the hearings. American University's Ahmed says that many first-generation American Muslims, feeling rejected both by their parents' culture and by their American peers, are at risk of being radicalized.

"There's a new generation of Muslim Americans who are born here or have grown up here and are no longer fully accepted as Egyptians or Pakistanis, as their parents are," he says. "But America is also rejecting them, day and night Islam is being demonized… they’re suspended between two cultures.”

"Whey you are 18, that can push you into a dangerous situation," Ahmed says. "You can go online and some idiot in the Middle East can push you in a dangerous direction. It has little to do with theology and a lot to do with anthropology."

Other American Muslims interpret King’s hearings as the culmination of years of growing domestic suspicions of their community, dating back to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“For the last 10 years, there has been a movement of intolerance against Muslim Americans, but it hasn’t been above the surface,” says Patel, who leads the Interfaith Youth Corps.

“It’s now clear, from everything from the discussion around the Cordoba House (one name for the proposed New York Islamic center) to the way King has framed the hearings that there is an anti-Muslim sentiment in America that is reminiscent of anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism,” he said.

“But I’d rather it be out in the open like it is now,” Patel continued.

According to the Justice Department, there were 107 anti-Muslim hate-crime incidents in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, up from 28 such incidents in 2000.

With the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the horizon and some likely contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination talking up the threat of Islamic law, or sharia, taking hold in the United States, many Muslims said they fear the worst is to come.

But many are also feeling that their community is finally preparing itself to take on those challenges.

“This is a very American thing, congressional hearings,” said Ahmed of this week’s King session. “Let’s present the complexity and sophistication of Islam so Americans understand it better. It’s a teaching moment.”

CNN's Susan Candiotti, Bonney Kapp and Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • 9/11 • Islam • Politics

soundoff (1,742 Responses)
  1. Joe citizen abroad

    Follow France's lead. Ban the burka. Say no to sharia law. Same goes for all the crackpot right-wing so-called-christian cults that oppress women and preach intolerance. If your religion tells you to put down other people, you don't belong here. America is the land of the free. Your rights end where someone else's nose begins. Get used to it, or get out.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Sue

      And, France has also started to offer them money to leave their country for good--I wish that the US would do the same.

      Australia now only allows immigrants from Western countries-–as they do not want their country destroyed by Muslims.

      Muslims/Islam CANNOT coexist and assimmilate in Western cultures/countries.

      And, the majority in our country will not let them force their culture/religion on our citizens/country.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
  2. Brian

    Tail Gunner Joe would be proud of this guy.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • InfidelHere

      The Obama administration lately wants avoid any taint by the phrase "War on Terror," papering it over with even more ambiguity, calling our war with Muslim terrorist an "Overseas Contingency Operation." It's still the same losing war, just as costly, just as ineffective.

      The Obama administrations' "War on Terror" by any name-has failed for a simple reason. It is because there is no such a thing as war on terror. Terrorism is a technique, a method, a weapon, a means to an end. Terrorism is not an enemy that can be named or identified, much less fought effectively. A "War on Terror" is a war on shadows, a war on nothing and on no one. It is a fool's errand. Terrorism is the “How”, the “WHO” are true and devoted MUSLIMS and the “WHY” is the cult ideology called ISLAM!

      March 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • PR

      Islam is a VIOLENT and OPPRESSIVE and AGGRESSIVE religion. It's rubbish when you talk about love and coexistence with Muslims. They are docile when they are significant minority.

      The following is adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat:

      Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system.

      Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components. The religious component is a beard for all the other components.

      Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their so-called ‘religious rights.’

      When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights,’ they also get the other components under the table. Here’s how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

      As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

      United States — Muslim 1.0%
      Australia — Muslim 1.5%
      Canada — Muslim 1.9%
      China — Muslim 1%-2%
      Italy — Muslim 1.5%
      Norway — Muslim 1.8%

      At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

      Denmark — Muslim 2%
      Germany — Muslim 3.7%
      United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
      Spain — Muslim 4%
      Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

      From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

      They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. (United States ).

      France — Muslim 8%
      Philippines — Muslim 5%
      Sweden — Muslim 5%
      Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
      The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
      Trinidad &Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

      At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

      When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings) . Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons).

      Guyana — Muslim 10%
      India — Muslim 13.4%
      Israel — Muslim 16%
      Kenya — Muslim 10%
      Russia — Muslim 10-15%

      After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

      Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

      At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare:

      Bosnia — Muslim 40%
      Chad — Muslim 53.1%
      Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

      From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

      Albania — Muslim 70%
      Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
      Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
      Sudan — Muslim 70%

      After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

      Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
      Egypt — Muslim 90%
      Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
      Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
      Iran — Muslim 98%
      Iraq — Muslim 97%
      Jordan — Muslim 92%
      Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
      Pakistan — Muslim 97%
      Palestine — Muslim 99%
      Syria — Muslim 90%
      Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
      Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
      United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

      100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

      Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
      Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
      Somalia — Muslim 100%
      Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

      Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Javed

      [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxJpTjBsqSo&w=640&h=390%5D

      March 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Aisha

      I cant believe some of the ignorant crap Ive been reading on her, i don't even no where to begin.

      First of all, stupid generalizations like "Muslims" are insulting and just plain inaccurate. Most people are under the impression that Islam is some type of little religious Arab cult hiding in the corners of America just waiting to come out and strike. I have been a Muslim all my life and I never even heard of Osama Bin Laden or radical Islam until 9/11. Islam is a WIDELY practiced religion that manifests itself differently in different cultures. A Muslim from West Africa will be completely different from a Muslim from Tunisia or Malaysia. There are orthodox Muslims, radical Muslims, Muslims that just call themselves Muslims because their parents are Muslim and converts from atheism or other religions.

      That being said, calling Islam an aggressive and non peaceful religion is also very stupid. Any group from gays to the Klan can pick out a bible verse to justify their cause and existence but that doesn't make it the absolute truth. The same is done with the Quran. How else can people argue about peace and jihad from the same book? The power of religion is to move with the people and the times. People are always reevaluating and reinterpreting religious texts to suit their needs (which says a lot about the authenticity of religion but that's another can of worms). My point is you cant criticize Islam for something most religions do.

      And all this talk of secularization and going back to their countries, haven't we established that if that's the case then everyone needs to go back (in like 5th grade social studies). Religious freedom was one of the main motivations for migration to America. Sure they weren't considering protecting Islam back then but oh well, that's how the law works. It doesn't matter if Islam is real or fake or whatnot, by law Muslims CAN practice it if they choose to the same way witchcraft can be practiced regardless of skepticism.

      Also, people need to contextualize the radicalization of Islam specifically in the context of colonization. There was a period in history when Islam was responsible for some of the worlds greatest cultural production. This militant radicalization started out as a backlash and found a good nesting ground in nations with little economic and political resources. Colonizers came in, caused problems for some Arab/African countries, went out and left the messes to them. People responded by being super anti white and super anti christian hence they cling to Islam in its most militant sense.

      Also, people are greatly deluded about the extent of radicalization in Muslim communities. There is definitely a anti American vibe within some factions of the Muslim community but a good amount of that is in response to Islamophobia and is just talk that gets fueled when Muslims feel threatened. Its like the increase in Klan activity with Obama's election. Most Muslims hate Osama Bin Laden for demonizing Muslims globally. We were fine and dandy hangin with our AMERICAN friends and paying taxes then he strikes. Muslims even lost families in 9/11 so you can imagine how much they sympathize with radical Muslims.

      I actually think these meetings should be taking place but not in the language of Blame and demonetization especially in light of the recent upheavals and what most see as a loss of American control over the Middle East (which they should not be controlling in the 1st place but again, cans, worms). King is intentionally employing a rhetoric that would appeal to Americans and their growing fear of terrorist activity hence the logical if unfair Islamophobia. If Muslims are bombing your country you hate Muslims. But Muslims are not all bombing OUR country, many American Muslims have a vested interest (like maybe our lives, we literally LIVE here too) in keeping the US safe and eradicating terrorism, homegrown and foreign. The ones that don't definitely need to be outed but not when non-terrorist Muslims are put on the attach and made to feel defensive. Then they will defend even those that do not need defending.

      That being said, I think this is a turning point for Muslims in America, for better or worse. I hope for the best.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  3. iveeno

    They can be honored and revered in this country if they:

    JUST LOYAL AMERICANS. Join us. We welcome loyal Americans.

    (We will be ruthless to subversives.)

    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Medina Khedir

      as a young muslim american girl, r u telling me that i should drop my modestness, and the way i cover? just so that i may be welcomed?

      Not all muslims are how we are seen on media. The way people put us out on media isnt what isalm really is. If u take the time to actually read about islam and see its beauty,i will garuntee you that you will never find a more peaceful and beautiful religion.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  4. digitalman

    First be human... Spread love and peace in the world .. Religion is some rules which teach us to spread love and humanity.. Dont divide human by religion (Christian,Muslim etc.)

    March 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  5. Forreal89

    What a disturbing photo freeloading do nothing complaining arrogant violators go home you are not wanted

    March 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  6. Ali

    I'm a muslim, anyone who hates any other person due to their religion is a idiot.

    I have nothing but love for my fellow human beings. I openly condemn any preaching of hatred or violence against any sect.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  7. Max

    Muslims are a peace loving people. They don't kill people; They respect women; They tolerate other religions. They don't terrorize people who insult their religion. Whatever else you hear is false and spread by the Zionist and the Capitalist pigs ... who, needless to say, should be wiped from this earth.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • rs1201

      go back to your arab country. You're not wanted here. BTW, keep insulting American Jews...that'll get you very far...down the toilet along with your coreligionists.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  8. Forreal89

    Muslimerican this makes me sick go home if you are so anxious pack your bags and leave

    March 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Medina Khedir

      Forreal 89 i reccomend that you calm yourself down, i dont knw what u were taught but its people like you, who dnt find anything good in others differences that cause hatered and trouble in this world.

      Islam=Peace, dont always believe what you c on media, the media never finds good things within one's difference, they always try to find the worst and then that how misconceptions begin.
      if u are just following the media your no better then they are:)

      March 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  9. papa troy

    Just check at the statistic and than tell me why we allow islam in this country. They stone people to death like in the dark ages. Anyway, as they took over Europe with their babies factory they will do the same in America. Please come in this free country and deliver 15 children per family and in 20 years you can change the name of America too. Mosque a few block from ground 0???? I do not care what you say! No Thank you. Go back to middle east and have a good time in there

    March 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  10. 21k

    wonder if bobby jindal has the guts to also hold hearings on other radical groups such as the kkk, the american nazi party, and militias that have vowed to kill cops and american soldiers. any of these groups would likely hang him just because of his ethnic background.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  11. Forreal89

    if there are so anxious they should go home

    March 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  12. iveeno

    It is an easy thing for American Muslims to do, to become accepted as loyal Americans: come to the forefront of the fight. Declare their unbridled contempt for those who use Islam as a religion for the use of violence and coersion. Decry those who kill and maim for poloitical ends. Fight unreservedly for America and the rights of all; do it visibly, loudly and support America against terrorists who threaten the American way of life. It is they who have something to prove to America and Americans, not vice versa. The rest of the cutesy arguments or parallelisms do not concern me. Both sides of my family have been on North American soil since the 17th century, have fought in all of her wars and have a considerable amount invested here. We plan on keeping it profitable.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  13. Kerry

    For all the people that say Muslims should not be in America or should go home...I am 100% American. Dad's side of the family came over hundreds of years ago from England, while my mother's family is Scots-Irish and came over sometime in the 1800s...So where exactly am I suppose to go? I am as American as anyone else. And it's the same for my fiancée as well. He's MUSLIM AMERICAN. His father is Italian and Belgian, while his mother is mainly Scottish. Both him and his brother are going into the US military. How unamerican, right? I don't hate people of other faiths...and how could I? My parents are Christian. My best friends are Buddhist and Taoist. Why would I hate them? Unlike some people who generalize masses of people, I know that just because a few people of a certain race or religion does something wrong, not all of them are bad. And no matter how much other people may say bad things about Muslims, I will never curse their religions. All religions essentially teach the same things and more people need to realize that. When I see people that happen to be Christian doing bad things, I know that is not what Jesus taught and what Christianity is all about. I used to be a Christian myself.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  14. Paul Ritter

    This quote is ignorant at best:

    "Of course, the most effective voices against al Qaeda's warped worldview and [interpretation of Islam] are other Muslims." – Denis McDonough

    This ignorant rhetoric is par for the course. The [only] way to be a peaceful Muslim is to ignore everything that the Qu'ran says... and at that point your just a religious hypocrite. Muslims who aren't extremists need to get honest with themselves and admit that they aren't true Muslims. If you do not support Jihad then you are in rebellion to Islam. These alleged peaceful Muslims need to abandon their religion of terror and speak out against the entire religion from experiance.

    allah is not God, allah is the false moon god of pre-Islamic Arabia. Muhammad is not a prophet, he was an evil false prophet of the worst kind.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  15. viewthis

    wow 70 virgins for a marytr? sounds way to good to be true. Guess these virgins are hiding where? some magical genie in a bottle? let just suggest that was true even though we all know the camel got his nose stretched on this one like ponokio. Naive I must say 70 virgins to be a martyr this world dosnt have that many virgins to hand out to ever martyr of islam so some of you mike have to take sloppy seconds even if we estimated world population of islam at 1,571,198,000 thats 109983860000 virgins and that is not including past only present population of islam thats 109983860000 virgins . I have one question were are these virgins hiding? cause you probably dont got that many virgins on earth even if there was 70 wifes for each person. Sounds like a magical genie with a big fable.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  16. JK

    Known fact:
    racist tea bagger rants:

    laav yaar enemy
    laav thy neighbor
    thou shall not kill

    Hidden fact:
    racist tea bagger reality:

    natives(red indians)
    african slaves
    burning witches
    burning blacks
    and on and on...

    and as for the 'thou shall not kill' can be conveniently changed to 'thou shall not kill 'ur own brethern in faith" (not making it up, this is what happened in the crusades when the so-called knights killed and cooked and ate the meat of the dead)

    it's up to you to decide, you want to take the tea bagger as a friend, who is a hypocrite but poses to be ur friend, is known for changing the word of THE CREATOR at the 1st opportunity and is ready to stab you from behind, or you want to take someone as an enemy, whom this hypocrite forces you to think as an enemy, but your knowing and researching about this enemy will reveal that he is calling for you to be benefited. (don't believe me: watch videos of 'yvonne ridley' and 'terry holdbrooks,')

    Here is a fair question:

    would racist tea baggers instead of spending billions in hate and war, just hand out an english translation of the Quran to the public in west and let people read 'ponder' and decide themselves? i mean this according to them should easily earn the public sympathy and turn the public opinion in tea baggers favor.

    however, the answer is 'no,' 'not a chance' and 'never'

    racist tea baggers will continue to post out of context verses, but will never hand out a english translation of the Quran. Does a thief, robber, hypocrite or deceiver will ever hand out a manual that will let people recognize that he is a thief, robber, hypocrite and deceiver, no. Remember reading everything in context in Quran will expose how the tea baggers are trying to deceive you. Read and ponder upon it to see who is calling u to light and who is to darkness.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • D-Washington DC

      Very Insightful...If only the mass was as analytical as you

      March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  17. Mel


    March 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • Steve

      YOu are certainly correct about that if our country continues to be a pawn for the rabid dog country of Israel.

      March 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  18. jay

    Peter King as a Muslim American that will be willing to dies for this county the land of the free and the brave, but to be free and brave does not translate to Palin Hannity or mike Huckabee character and believes , so I tell you , and all of those Islamophobic profiteers go and screw yourself. 1

    March 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  19. U.S. Citizen

    If we're going to investigate extremism, we should start with corporate extremism and our government officials who support it by putting corporate interests over the public good. We should also include right-wing extremism, borrow and bomb extremism and Christian and all other religious extremism.

    I think we will find there is a larger threat to our democracy from these other groups than from Muslim extremism. "We have met the enemy and it is us."

    March 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  20. jay

    Peter King as a Muslim American that will be willing to dies for this county the land of the free and the brave, but to be free and brave does not translate to Palin Hannity or mike Huckabee character and believes , so I tell you , and all of those Islamophobic profiteers go and screw yourself.

    March 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Forreal89

      sounds like you are not happy go back stop complaining muslims are committing terrible acts

      March 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
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