Details still sketchy about planned Capitol Hill hearing on U.S. Muslim radicals

By Michelle Boorstein For years, Congressman Peter King’s rhetoric has provoked anger among Muslims in his district. Marvin Joseph / … Continued

By Michelle Boorstein


For years, Congressman Peter King’s rhetoric has provoked anger among Muslims in his district. Marvin Joseph / Washington Post

Long Island Congressman Peter King’s plans to hold a hearing about domestic Muslim radicals are attracting more attention, even as the nuts and bolts of the hearings – including who King will even call to testify – remain a mystery.

Eighty faith leaders and activists from Long Island released a letter Thursday urging King to cancel the hearings, saying that singling out one faith group “undermines fundamental American values and is counterproductive to improving national security.”

The letter follows the release Wednesday of a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute showing that a majority – 56 percent – of Americans think the hearing is a good idea. The poll shows how strongly political affiliation and faith identity influence Americans’ beliefs on the subject. Republicans, white evangelicals and Fox News-watchers are strongly in favor of the hearing.

A larger chunk of respondents – 72 percent – said Congress should investigate religious extremism “anywhere it exists in the U.S. and not just focus on the American Muslim community.”

For perspective, 93 percent of people who responded to the poll said they’d heard little (28 percent) or nothing at all (65 percent) about the King plan.

King’s office finally confirmed to me Thursday that there will be a hearing on March 10, but days of reporting has made it appear that a lot of this is still being formulated.

King told the Washington Post Thursday:

“In December, when I was elected Chairman for the 112th Congress, I issued a statement highlighting my top priorities, followed by my Newsday op-ed, in which I made clear my intention to hold hearings on radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism. On March 10, I expect to convene the first hearing. While the witness list has not been finalized, we have interviewed dozens of prospective witnesses. One definite witness will be Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. I have also invited a number of Congressmen to testify including Rep. Keith Ellison. The other witnesses should be determined within the next two weeks.”

Earlier this month King said he had changed his mind and will call only Muslims to testify, and as of today King’s office said the list wasn’t set. However, Phoenix doctor Zuhdi Jasser and Congressman Keith Ellison – both Muslim – said they had been invited. Walid Phares, a commentator and author on extremism, is reportedly also going to be speaking.

The hearing is reportedly going to explore King’s assertion that the Muslim American community does not cooperate with law enforcement, but so far it’s not clear if he will call anyone from the law enforcement community. Major Muslim-American organizations initially appeared to be outside the process but now it seems there are some behind-the-scenes talks going on.

Hearings take place every day on Capitol Hill, most to no impact. Do you think these will be impactful? And if so, in what ways?

  • wireman65

    The impact will be to further polarize an already irrational public. Muslims are not boogeymen they are just another superstitious cult. No good will come of this. Does anyone remember McCarthy??

  • shewholives

    In order to make these hearings effective, we need more than one point of view. Bring on Robert Spencer, or others like him to bring in balance to these hearings.

  • csintala79

    If there should be investigations of those who don’t cooperate with law enforcement, then the states of Idaho and Utah should be on the list.

  • csintala79

    If there should be investigations of those who don’t cooperate with law enforcement, then the states of Idaho and Utah should be on the list.

  • ThishowIseeit

    History teach us that as long that Muslins are a minority in a country, they behave – of course under order of the Imams- quite moderate on the outward, but as soon as they become a majority, the Imams will order them to follow the Qu’ran as it is written. First of all, there no such thing as a moderate Muslim, just like there is no moderate misogynist. Bet that in Muslim countries they hold hearings (secretly) about other religions and freethinkers. If Rep. King’s hearings will prevent the loss of one life, it is mission accomplished.

  • whawell

    AREYOUSAYING has this to say:”King is a certified Catholic bigot who makes Muslims scapegoats”…and “another lame apologist for his Church’s pervert priests.”Who does he hate more: Bill Donahue who defends the Catholic church against bigotry or the Church itself who in his mind is the only organization with perverts?This sounds like bigotry to me, unless I suppose one believes it’s okay to make cowardly, unjust and unfair attacks against a religion that is more apt to turn the other cheek.Judging from prior comments he has made, there is no doubt this person has made it his life’s goal to attack and discredit the Catholic Church, which he obviously paints black.

  • areyousaying

    They will confirm King is a certified Donohue Catholic bigot who makes Muslims his scapegoats while he blocks alternative energy so we don’t have to suckle their teats for America’s oil addiction and who is another lame apologist for his Church’s pervert priests.

  • rlj1

    Will he also have hearing on white/black/Asian/Hispanic “radical/terrorist” groups? If not why not. KKK/Arayan brotherhood would be a good place to start since there are more of them.

  • maytha

    Politically, King is marching to his drummers in Israel.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    “First of all, there no such thing as a moderate Muslim, just like there is no moderate misogynist.”…just like there is no moderate Zionist,Posted by: areyousaying |

  • areyousaying

    Just as there is no moderate Lutheran, err, Nazi, err one and the same.———————————–oooooohhhhhh, the immoderate wrath of the Zionist, misandrist Farnaz lying about my religion just like a two bit teabagger lying about Obama’s and stereotyping all Lutherans as Nazi’s to boot. Is it that time of the month again?

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    oooooohhhhhh, the immoderate wrath of the Zionist, misandrist Farnaz lying about my religion just like a two bit teabagger lying about Obama’s and stereotyping all Lutherans as Nazi’s to boot. Is it that time of the month again?Posted by: areyousaying Now whatever could have gotten its panties so confused.Is there a shortage in the boy toy market this month?

  • ITs-TIME

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  • areyousaying

    OOOOOoooo. Just like his saint Martin Luther, beloved by the Nazis and used by them as propaganda, AreYouSaying continues the nazi propagandist Lutheran racial assault.Now whatever could have gotten its panties so confused.Is there a shortage in the boy toy market this month?Posted by: Farnaz2Mansouri21—————————-Farnaz, you have revealed yourself as one hateful, racist Jew.

  • areyousaying

    “First of all, there no such thing as a moderate Muslim, just like there is no moderate misogynist.”…just like there is no moderate Zionist,

  • areyousaying

    A question for Wawell who likes to cry,”Others do it, too.Can “others” simply “…retire to a life of prayer and penitence.” as their punishment?The Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile — A prominent Chilean priest whose sex abuse case was closed by a judge has been found guilty by the Vatican.The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says Fernando Karadima is guilty of abusing minors and “must retire to a life of prayer and penitence.” Friday’s statement from the Vatican means Karadima can’t meet with his former parishioners or other priests.Four men accused Karadima of sexually abusing them for years in a wealthy Santiago parish where he was a respected leader in Chile’s Catholic church.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    Thank Non, Michelle, that the Muslims have Jewish you to defend them. But they don’t have the King Catholics, and their number is very, very large.Ever met Peter King, Michelle? IRA King? HeNow, Michelle, how about some news of antisemitic attacks in Europe? You will never be white, and that, my friend, is a good thing.Leave whiteness to the Peter Kings of this world. Helluva charmer, btw. You ought to arrange an invite. Not hard to do.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    Politically, King is marching to his drummers in Israel.Posted by: maytha

  • YEAL9

    From a previous Congressional review:Muslim convert journalist Stephen Schwartz, American Jewish Committee terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer have all separately testified to a growing radical Islamist Wahhabi influence in U.S. mosques, financed by extremist groups. According to Barsky, 80% of U.S. mosques are so radicalized.”

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    OOOOOoooo. Just like his saint Martin Luther, beloved by the Nazis and used by them as propaganda, AreYouSaying continues the nazi propagandist Lutheran racial assault.Now whatever could have gotten its panties so confused.Is there a shortage in the boy toy market this month?Posted by: Farnaz2Mansouri21—————————-Farnaz, you have revealed yourself as one hateful, racist Jew.Posted by: areyousaying |Then seek help for your cranio-rectal disorder.Stay away from children.

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    Oh, and areyousaying? That means stay away from all children, Adolf, even lutheran.

  • conrad031

    If you care about the person and not the organization they belong to then you would tell the Muslim to leave Islam which is a terror cult.Simarily,if your son joined a gang you would do all you could to get him to leave,

  • Farnaz2Mansouri21

    areyousaying, gehen Bumsen sich, Adolf.

  • areyousaying

    לפטר את החזיר Manischewitz אתה גזען

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