America is the target al-Qaeda, who is trying to recruit young American Muslims. Congressman King and the Muslim bashing majority of GOP'ers, and their allies in the right wing media, instead of joining in a smart and effective fight against al-Qaeda, are aiding them instead. But how? By their anti-American deeds, their bigotry, their constant crusade to demonize other Americans, in this case Muslims, with the hope to drive Americans who are Muslims from America.
Right-wingers like Peter King are doing more to "radicalize" ordinary Muslims than al-Qaeda ever could.
Last night, the PBS News Hour took a look at what they called the "controversial" hearings. News Hour highlighted the truth-telling testimony of America's first and only Muslim member of Congress, who pleaded not to demonize Americans who are members of a different religious group. News Hour also highlighted the testimony of a Los Angeles county sheriff, who testified that not only are American Muslims a diverse group, like all Americans, but that they cooperate with local law enforcement.
Also highlighted on the News Hour was the testimony of a Muslim community leader who testified, in so many words, that yes, there are problems, there are some, a very few, who have fallen for line of the radicals. Like in the case of the father who lost his son to an al-Qaeda inspired-group, but it is unfair, wrong and self-defeating for Americans to demonize the many, for the misdeeds of the very few. See the video.
Cenk, of The Young Turks, who is Turkish-American comes from a Muslim background, but has said on many occasions that he is not a Muslim, has stated that Peter King and his hearings are a witch hunt, and un-American. Mr. King and his politically driven boys want to go after all Muslims, and that is wrong, and not only is it wrong and makes no sense from a public safety point of view. Last night on his show he said that America should be investigating all radicals. He pointed out that since 9/11 there have been almost twice as many terror plots from non-Muslims than from Muslims. See the video.
Any one who has his head on straight opposes extremism, whether it is Muslim extremism, Christian extremism or right-wing extremism. But a hearing targeting all Muslims, all Christians, all right-wingers for the violent acts of a few, again, would make no sense.