On eve of hearings, Muslims take on King

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By Richard Yeakley WASHINGTON (RNS) On the eve of a controversial congressional hearing into the “radicalization” of American Muslims, a coalition of national Muslim groups went on the offensive against the Republican congressman spearheading the probe. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has said law enforcement officials have told […]

  • John Mack

    At one time Rep. King was a fanatical supporter of the Northern Irish (NI) IRA, which targeted civilians as well as the military and police for its attacks. Th NI IRA was officially on the list of terrorist organizations. My family on both sides was deeply involved in the IRB/IRA during the Irish War of Independence. The IRB/IRA never targeted civilians as a matter of principled humanity and concern for the religious convictions of its members.

    A fanatic is always a fanatic, especially when driven by blind loyalty to a partisan cause rather a principled concern for all of humanity and decent rules of engagement in armed conflict. Switching sides does not change the nature of a fanatic.

    It is true that Saudi Arabia has funded the Wahabi takeover of some US mosques. The Wahabis spawned the Taliban and preach hatred of Jews and Christians. This merits investigation. Muslims in general, and the vast majority of mosques, do not merit investigation.