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Islamophobiapalooza Dispatches: Rep. Peter King’s 5th Hearings on American Muslims and “Homegrown Radicalization”

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Islamophobiapalooza Dispatches: Rep. Peter King’s 5th Hearings on American Muslims and “Homegrown Radicalization”


Rep. Peter King
‘s anti-Muslim hearings have taken on their fifth incarnation today. This time the exercise in political theater and GOP driven bigotry revolved around the topic of “The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization in their Community.” Essentially, “hearings about the hearings.”

By now the hearings have taken on a predictable sequence. Rep. Peter King opens the hearings by defending the hearings, saying they are very important and necessary; how he never said there are too many mosques in the USA; how American Muslims should welcome these hearings; how the “moderate” ones do welcome these hearings, etc. After a few words from his Democratic counterpart, we hear the testimonies of the carefully selected witnesses.

King’s witnesses all serve his purpose, they are usually non-specialists who provide anecdotal evidence and or emotional appeals couched in deep seated Islamophobic stereotypes and thinly-veiled anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Today was Zuhdi Jasser‘s second appearance at the King Hearings. This is not a coincidence, Jasser is friends with King, (King you will recall spoke at Jasser’s Pro-NYPD Spying/Profiling on Muslims rally), and of course Jasser is there to say what King wants to hear. His testimony essentially boiled down to blaming those who expose Islamophobia for creating a “climate of fear” not the Islamophobes themselves.

Not to be outdone by Jasser, faux liberal and useful tool Asra Nomani engages in blame shifting, putting the rise in Islamophobia directly on the shoulders of Muslims, saying “Islamophobia is a frustration with a community that won’t own its own problems.” I guess that explains the attempts at outlawing Islam, banning Sharia, rise in hate crimes, the disproportionate level of employment discrimination against Muslim, etc.?

The lone voice for reason was Faiza Patel, who reverted to those pesky things called FACTS in her testimony. Relying on empirical evidence and studies Patel highlighted the basic point that we have been arguing for quite some time on Loonwatch: “The so-called Homegrown Terrorism Threat is grossly exaggerated.” She also pointed out that the hearings have overwhelmingly been received negatively by the American Muslim community.

As occurred in the past there were courageous Congressmen and women who spoke out strongly against the hearings as casting a pall of suspicion over the whole American Muslim community, singling out Muslims and feeding Islamophobia while not serving any practical benefit at all.

The fighters for justice in this regard are the same as in the first hearing: Rep. Sheila J. Lee, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Laura Richardson, Rep. Clarke, Rep. Sanchez and more.

Highlights:

-Faiza Patel sounding off on the panelists’ interest in theologically debating Islam, pointing out that “debating Islam is not the Government’s business.”

-Rep. Green asking when we are going to have a hearing on radicalization amongst Christian Americans?

-Rep. Richardson pointing out that “this is not a talk show, this isn’t Oprah, this is a US Congressional Hearing; panelists should be professionals.”

-The strange attempt to link giving up of smoking/drinking, ”hip hop clothing”, and going to the mosque more often with the process of radicalization. Something tells me these are not indicators of “radicalization.”

In the meantime:

For our past coverage of the hearings see:

-Peter King’s “Muslim Hearings” are Political Theater to Target Muslims

-Peter King and “Prislam”: Round 2 of Muslim American Radicalization Hearings

-Peter King’s 4th anti-Muslim Hearing Focuses on “Threats” to US Military Communities

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19 Comments »

  1. Again? Oh boy.. I really wonder why people in my state elects this guy.

  2. Stupid Mr. KING!!

  3. And yet he won’t investigate the OVER 1000 Rightwing/racist militias and hate groups which now flourish across his daft country.

  4. Peter king looks like a pig fucker,His comments are about micheal jackson’s death were also offensive

  5. Would somebody please give this jerk a C4 suppository, for being such an asshole?

  6. Pete King IS a complete fascist who wants to destroy America. If there ever was an “Enemy of Freedom,” it is definitely him. I hope a drone shoots a missile into his house.

  7. WARNING NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE:

    m bennet,

    “Perhaps u don’t know the harm interest has on the economy?” no explain it to me
    “Of course, banks will say it is a good thing (becuz the Bankers become rich)” u an occupy wall street type? lol. your understanding of macro economics is clearly not as strong as your understanding of islam.
    “but the fact is that it cripples people with debt (even if you don’t understand).” is this your explaination? lol. i understand some people are stupid enough to run up credit card debit, go to pawn shops, title loans, even loan sharks. always bad to pay such large interest rates. but you do know most people with good credit ratings barrow at much lower rates then those. you do know may people barrow at prime plus one. or even better rates. you do know businesses often barrow to buy inventory, to make payroll for bad months, etc etc.
    “Investments are better, for people and the economy.” so you don’t recommend t-bills? how about certificates of deposits? you didn’t buy facebook, did ya?
    “And btw, interest was banned first in the Bible, go educate urself.” yeah i knew that. the christians have lots of bad ideas too.
    “Poking fun at the hijab?” i do poke fun alot. especially at ancient stupidities. so do you think she would be a better muslim if she wore a hijab?
    “As expected of Robert Spencer’s cronies.” lol. is this now standard to your comments now?

    you should watch “it’s a wonderful life” next time it’s on around christmas. don’t worry it’s from the 50s. black and white. no swearing or nudity, nothing to send you into the lake of fire. maybe read adam smith’s “wealth of nations”

    //mike
    18 June 2012 at 5:52 pm

  8. Why does Petey King continue to ignore factual data gathered by the F.B.I. regarding terrorists and terrorists groups? Some of this data states that only 6% of all terrorist attacks that occurred on U.S. soil between 1985 – 2005 where committed by any groups even loosely affiliated with Islam.

  9. Why won’t Petey King focus his hearings and the Homeland Security on the 94% of those groups known for committing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil?

    Did you know that of that remaining 94%, 7% of all terrorist attacks that occurred on U.S. soil between 1985 – 2005 where committed by any groups even loosely affiliated with . . . . Judaism?? Yes!! More than those affiliated with Islam…..!!

    That’s not ME stating that; that’s me QUOTING the F.B.I. data!

  10. Sadly he is my representative… I CANNT stand him!

  11. jc,

    what’s up. long time no hear. seriously? you are binging up the 1980 -2005 fbi report on terrorism as evidence of there is nothing to worry about? dude your numbers are right. but you appearently forgot to post the casualty statistics. why didn’t you post the link. some of us will actually click on the link. it’s hilarious. islamophobia has put the link up several time. well here is the break down. just in case you were to lazy to drill down.

    non-islamic terrorist deaths 194, injuries 900
    islamic terrorist deaths 2,981 injuries 13,000 est hard to be percise on 9/11
    that 6% of terrorism accounts for 93.8% of all deaths and 93.5% of injuries.

    That’s not ME stating that; that’s me QUOTING the F.B.I. data!

    strange they have reworked the page appearently? used to give the actual orginization in the attack. but i’m sure ya’ll can follow. 1993, 6 dead is the blind shiehk bombing wtc. of course we didn’t learn our lesson there. 168 is obviously mcveigh okc bombing. we learned our lesson there and infiltrated a bunch of the right wing wackos in the midwest. haven’t hear much out of the right-wingers since then. have we? 2001 in self evident. see justin the funny thing is what is termed terrorism. college kids in oregon (elf) letting minks out of cages can be called terrorism. eco-terrorism has a lot of incidence. but year to date they haven’t actually killed anyone. burnt down a 10 million dollar ski resort in colorado. but it was unoccupied. still under construction. hardly seems on par with trying to blow up 100s of people in times square. oh shit that is post 2005.

    http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/terrorism-2002-2005/terror02_05

    This table shows Casualties of Terrorism from 1980-2005

    Wounded Killed
    1980 19 1
    1981 4 1
    1982 26 7
    1983 4 6
    1984 0 0
    1985 10 2
    1986 19 1
    1987 0 0
    1988 0 0
    1989 0 0
    1990 0 0
    1991 0 0
    1992 0 0
    1993 1042 6
    1994 3 1
    1995 754 168
    1996 112 2
    1997 13 0
    1998 2 1
    1999 13 3
    2000 0 0
    2001 *12,017 2977
    2002 0 2
    2003 0 0
    2004 0 0
    2005 0 0

    Total *14,038 3178

  12. Christians and Jews should be questioned by the hearings, too. It’s only fair. Abrahamic religion, based on stone age morality and pseudo-science, and outright contempt for women and non-believers, has been a problem for the world ever since the first patriarchal priests schemed for control of the masses.

  13. Mike, thnks for taking the time to respond.
    Apparently Mike u don’t know about compound interest. Interest rates go up if you miss bank bills. Of course u might “lol” again and be like well they should pay their bills on time. Do u know really know what a credit score is? Well plenty of people lose their jobs in this weak economy and increasing their interest won’t make them more committed to paying their bills on time. And u obviously assume ppl are stupid when they go to loan sharks (it obviously was their first choice right?). Ever think maybe those ppl couldn’t get a loan from a bank because of a bad credit score? No, you ignorantly assume ppl are stupid. What if someone had to pay for an emergency surgery due to a car accident but got laid off. It’s a small example and not all too common but stuff happens and ppl can’t control what happens all the time. Interest is a slow killer. In the long run it doesn’t help.

    As the Quran points out, only men of understanding would understand why women wear hijab. ur comments on the hijab therefore proved u have no understanding. “Ancient stupidities?” Well obviously an atheist like urself is narrow minded. Perhaps if your mother, sister, or daughter who goes out late at night dressing like a tramp gets raped perhaps u would understand? No, I don’t think so. You would just assume they were “stupid” whores as well.

  14. Mike:

    Keep in mind that they are linking any organization the used a name related to a particular faith or ideology. It’s still not Islam that is to blame.

    Your fail for not comprehending that key & obvious element. At no time did I attempt to “blame Judaism” for the crimes committed by that 7%. You, on the other hand, are blaming Islam for the crimes committed by the 6%. Therein lies the difference.

    Also of note is the absence of the “so-called Christians “who destroy property & kill people at family planning clinics. I wonder why they don’t consider that terrorism…. I see they mentioned abortion clinic bombings but didn’t attribute that to the Christians…..

  15. mb,

    “Apparently Mike u don’t know about compound interest.” lol. i know you think i’m 15 because i like wiki. but i’m 43 and i have a degree in accounting. you can compound daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually. it is when you compound/add the interest to the principal. my certificates of deposit recieve interest compounded daily. that’s a good thing.
    “Interest rates go up if you miss bank bills. Of course u might “lol” again and be like well they should pay their bills on time.” you aren’t explaining a penalty as compound interest?
    “Do u know really know what a credit score is?” yes i really do. i’ve bought three houses, two apartment complexes and a triplex in my life. i’m aware as to who equifax is.
    “Well plenty of people lose their jobs in this weak economy and increasing their interest won’t make them more committed to paying their bills on time.” yes, i agree. that’s why it is stupid of the banks not to renegotiate ARMs (you know waht an ARM is right) and interest only and subprime loans. my dad sold his last apartment building in 2006. he held the note. in 2009 the buy said he couldn’t pay the insurance or make the mortgage. rents were down and he couldn’t keep the building full. my dad gave him three years at interest only.
    “And u obviously assume ppl are stupid when they go to loan sharks (it obviously was their first choice right?).” i hope not, that would make them supper stupid.
    “Ever think maybe those ppl couldn’t get a loan from a bank because of a bad credit score?” i’m sure it happens every day.
    “No, you ignorantly assume ppl are stupid.” no i’m saying going to a loan shark is stupid. but yes if a person does repeatly stupid things, then yes i would lable that person as stupid.
    “What if someone had to pay for an emergency surgery due to a car accident but got laid off.” where do you live?
    “It’s a small example and not all too common but stuff happens and ppl can’t control what happens all the time. Interest is a slow killer. In the long run it doesn’t help.” so you are defend someone being “forced” to use a loans shark while saying no one should be allowed a loan at interest? i think it is you who doesn’t understand. yes if you have a poor credit score you are going to get a higher interest rate. that’s because people with bad credit are more likely to forfiet on the loan. the more risk loaner takes the higher the rate they will want. yes i understand that bad things happen to good people. if it gets bad enough you file for bankruptcy protecting. do you understand bankruptcy. listen the system isn’t perfect, but it would be hugely detrimently to the economy to eliminate interest from our system.

    “As the Quran points out, only men of understanding would understand why women wear hijab. ur comments on the hijab therefore proved u have no understanding.” lol. again? mike doesn’t understand. your and my culture must be so far apart that it seems we aren’t even on the same planet.
    ““Ancient stupidities?” Well obviously an atheist like urself is narrow minded.” no. i’m quite open minded. it is you who claims to know “the truth”
    “Perhaps if your mother, sister, or daughter who goes out late at night dressing like a tramp gets raped perhaps u would understand? No, I don’t think so.” UNDERSTAND THAT IS THEIR FAULT? NOT THE RAPIST? UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY HAD BEEN WEARING A HIJAB IT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED? YOU’RE FINALLY RIGHT ON ONE THING THAT I WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND.
    “You would just assume they were “stupid” whores as well.” lol. so i’m gong to call my mother a stupid whore. why are truely amazing sir in you scenarios and your lack of logic. i think a woman should be able to walk around naked without fear of rape. it’s your religion that commands women to cover themselves because of the actions of men. how twisted is that. again where do you live?

  16. jc,

    “Keep in mind that they are linking any organization the used a name related to a particular faith or ideology. It’s still not Islam that is to blame.” so when a guy screams allu akbar as he kills people, there is no link to his religion. when people are motivated to kill americans because “fellow muslims” are killed half a world away, there is no link to islam?

    “Your fail for not comprehending that key & obvious element. At no time did I attempt to “blame Judaism” for the crimes committed by that 7%.” it depends on their motivation. if the reason for their actions is in “defence” of their religion. then you would be right to lay some of the blame at judisms door.
    “You, on the other hand, are blaming Islam for the crimes committed by the 6%. Therein lies the difference.” if they are motivated by what they think islam wants them to do, then yes islam is partly to blame.

    “Also of note is the absence of the “so-called Christians “who destroy property & kill people at family planning clinics. I wonder why they don’t consider that terrorism…. I see they mentioned abortion clinic bombings but didn’t attribute that to the Christians…..” what are you talking about? eric rudolph was at the top of the terrorist list for a long time.

  17. Rep. Peter King’s 5th Hearings on American Muslims and Homegrown Radicals, very personal airport screenings, heightened alerts; all unfortunate but necessary, because of some practioners of Islam.

  18. He’s wearing his “I haven’t gotten laid since ’82” face.

  19. He’s wearing his “I haven’t gotten laid since ’82” face.

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