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If Rep Peter King wants to examine extremism then he needs to look at all of it

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I think if the new Congress holds hearings on the ‘Radicalization’ Of American Muslims then they also need to include the radicalization of so-called Patriots like Jim David Adkisson, Byron Williams, Scott Roeder, and Richard Poplawski among others.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is planning to hold hearings on the “radicalization” of American Muslims when he takes over the chair of the Homeland Security Committee next year, the New York Times reports.

King, who denies being anti-Muslim, has nonetheless repeatedly cast suspicion on American Muslims as a whole since the 2001 terrorist attacks. He has helped mainstream the idea that 80 percent of mosques in America are led by radical clerics. The statistic has been cited over and over by those who believe American Muslims are raging a “stealth jihad.” He has called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, saying Holder isn’t sufficiently aware that “our enemy today is radical Islam.”

House GOP To Hold Hearings On ‘Radicalization’ Of American Muslims

I think we shouldn’t limit the hearings just to Muslim extremists but we should include all home grown radicals who promote or act out violence to further their causes. As Paul Krugman wrote in 2009:

Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.

But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.

What will the consequences be? Nobody knows, of course, although the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”

And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.

The Big Hate

Additional information of the extreme Christian group Family Research Council being labeled a hate group.

Protesting Mosques is just ignorant

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For some odd reason the media has decided to focus on a small fringe of morons who get their “news” and “information” from FOX “News” or conservative talk radio. One of the idiotic messages the moron club is passing around is that all Muslims are terrorists looking to take over America and force Sharia law on all of us. These geniuses have taken to protesting the building of new Mosques. These people need a civics refresher.

“As a mother and a grandmother, I worry,” Ms. Serafin said. “I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme Court to see that Shariah is implemented. My children and grandchildren will have to live under that.”

“I do believe everybody has a right to freedom of religion,” she said. “But Islam is not about a religion. It’s a political government, and it’s 100 percent against our Constitution.”

Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition

Banning mosques is a stupid idea that doesn’t address the made up issue they have. Banning anything just pushes it underground. China banned Christian churches for years but it never got rid of Christianity. People still meet in secret even though China does allow some public Christian churches. If one is worried about terrorism and you believe they all hook up at mosques then I would want them in the open so they can be checked out if need be.

Banning mosques is nothing but symbolism like banning a church. It wouldn’t prevent youth from being radicalized. It is just a cheap and ignorant way to express your jingoism.

As pointed out in the article:

Radicalization of alienated Muslim youths is a real threat, Mr. Bagby said. “But the youth we worry about,” he said, “are not the youth that come to the mosque.”

Besides none of the geniuses advocating the idea and protests have said what would be done with all the mosques already established such as in the Pentagon. There was one at the recent Boy Scout Jamboree. The BSA – the paragon of right wing Christian fundamentalism had a mosque!

The fact is we have the 1st Amendment that has and would prevent any strict religious law from becoming public law. The religious right is concerned probably because that has been their agenda for decades – forcing biblical law on all of us.

Jewish law and some Catholic laws are administered in this country for those who hold those beliefs. Typical use is in marriage rules since the civil act of marriage – managed by the state – is separate from the religious act of marriage.

Another example is the Amish. They use public roads yet the only requirement is to use a slow moving sign on their buggies. The courts ruled that the secular purpose of the sign trumped the Amish religious beliefs against garish colors on their buggies.

Under traditional use Muslims could use some of their Sharia law in their communities as long as those laws don’t conflict with the Constitution or current public laws.

It just ticks me off that the mainstream media have blown this issue up and still have not reported the truth about the complaints.