Archive: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011
My concern is that the hearing failed to recognize that radicalism is not limited to Islam, nor are most Muslims radical. If this hearing were part of a series of hearings on radicalism it would have be justified; but as an isolated inquiry, it was not.
By David Saperstein | March 11, 2011; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (2)
All one needs to know about what is behind the King hearings can be gleaned by Peter King's own statements regarding Muslims in the US.
By Reza Aslan | March 11, 2011; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (13)
These issues are much too important to allow Representative King to continue to occupy the field.
By Melissa Rogers | March 11, 2011; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (1)
I hope that the impassioned discussions the nation has had over the hearings will help convince many people there is little to fear from the American Muslim community.
By Pamela K. Taylor | March 10, 2011; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (5)
The actual battlefront of our times is not between Islam and America, but between moderates of all faiths against the extremists of all faiths, between the purveyors of fear and the champions of love. If we will not be convinced by the right facts, shouldn't we at least be motivated by the right emotions?
By Feisal Abdul Rauf | March 10, 2011; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (23)
There are wise people everywhere who fly off to share wisdom elsewhere but have little street cred back home. There are prophets in every city, but we may not offer them the respect and platform they deserve.
By Erica Brown | March 9, 2011; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (0)
Today, Americans have a choice: Will we repeat the disastrous mistakes of the past? Or will we embrace American Muslims as positive contributors the economic, political, and social life of our country?
By Jill Jacobs | March 9, 2011; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)
If the goal of the King hearings is for legislators to better understand the threats of terrorism from within the Muslim community, then the whole thing is misconceived.
By Richard Mouw | March 9, 2011; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (10)
I like to think of Ash Wednesday as a kind of Catholic "coming out" day in our country. Suddenly, I can readily recognize those sportscasters, grocery clerks, and mailmen who share my faith by the smudges of ashes on their foreheads.
By Danielle Bean | March 9, 2011; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (32)
Raising questions, however uncomfortable, does not constitute bias against the group to whom those questions are addressed.
By Brad Hirschfield | March 8, 2011; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (8)
Homegrown terrorism - of whatever stripe - is a serious issue that deserves serious attention. But a Congressional hearing singling out one religious community and framed by vague and unsubstantiated charges against the leadership of that community is both wrongheaded and dangerous.
By Charles C. Haynes | March 8, 2011; 1:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
These hearings are not intended to get to a truth but rather to prove an assumption.
By Valerie Elverton Dixon | March 8, 2011; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)
In today's political climate, it may not ensure an "electoral win" to defend the rights of the American Muslim community, but there is no question that it is the right thing to do.
By Welton Gaddy | March 8, 2011; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (1)
To impugn the patriotism and good faith of this sizable community is not only a threat to their liberty and ours, but actually could be counter-productive in resisting terrorism.
By J. Brent Walker | March 8, 2011; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (2)
There's a proper way to tackle the issue of self-radicalization, and that is to work with American Muslims at the grassroots, to build bridges and trust, not hold hearings.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | March 8, 2011; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (1)
A poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals that while a majority (56%) of the public may think the hearings are a good idea, they don't see eye-to-eye with Rep. King on his justifications for the hearings.
By Robert P. Jones | March 8, 2011; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (19)
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, just before beginning the penitential forty days of Lent that lead up to Easter in the Catholic liturgical year.
By Danielle Bean | March 8, 2011; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (0)
We must ask ourselves what it means for Congress to be exposing an entire religious community to "bigotry and persecution."
By Arthur Waskow | March 8, 2011; 4:31 AM ET | Comments (2)
I understand the desire to investigate religious extremism, but these hearings are a gross affront to our freedoms and our principles. Instead of having "Muslim radicalization" hearings, I want to propose something truly radical: let's promote voices of inclusion instead of drumming up unwarranted suspicion and inciting fear.
By Chris Stedman | March 8, 2011; 2:24 AM ET | Comments (3)
"The potential consequences of singling out one religious group" are not as grave as those of failing to do so.
By Willis E. Elliott | March 7, 2011; 9:35 PM ET | Comments (0)
There are alternatives to CAIR and Congressman King is providing them a platform.
By Jordan Sekulow | March 7, 2011; 6:34 PM ET | Comments (65)
Congress does have a duty to legislate against enemies foreign and domestic. Investigating our enemies is one thing Congress should be doing.
By John Mark Reynolds | March 7, 2011; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (5)
I challenge our country to rise above this crude and dangerous form of demagoguery.
By Barry Lynn | March 7, 2011; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (1)
Perhaps he could hold hearings on whether hatred and stereotyping by pandering politicians who focus on guilt by association might be making the rest of us both more fearful and less safe--in other words, hold a hearing on King himself.
By Herb Silverman | March 7, 2011; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (10)
Should a Christian group ever seek having its own moral teachings enacted as secular law? Both Judaism and Christianity, if true to their holy scriptures, are communities established as "holy" communities. That is, they are "set apart" from the world though continuing in the world.
By Gene Davenport | March 7, 2011; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)
Manufactured paranoia will not make us safer, Rep. King.
By Susan K. Smith | March 7, 2011; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)
I have no objection, in principle, to a hearing that investigates an alleged radicalization of any religion if there is sufficient evidence that some citizens are abusing the tenets of that religion as a cover for violent activity.
By Fr. Frank Pavone | March 7, 2011; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (18)
By vilifying the entire Muslim American community in both the letter and spirit of his upcoming hearings, Congressman Peter King and his supporters could make life palpably worse for Sikhs and Muslims in this country, and give needless propaganda points to terrorists, in ways that fatally undermine homeland security.
By Rajdeep Singh | March 7, 2011; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (5)
Rep. Peter King and his hearings are part of an emerging pattern where Republicans are exchanging the "Islamic threat" for the "communist threat" and running the same plays as before. This is certainly going to be the new "wedge" issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | March 7, 2011; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (2)
When a member of the government announces that an entire religious tradition is under suspicion the effect is not to foster trust and fidelity. Rather it feeds into the stereotype in the Muslim world that America is opposed to the Islamic tradition as a whole.
By David Wolpe | March 7, 2011; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (10)
The irony is that such hearings can only discourage cooperation from Muslim Americans with the efforts of government intelligence agencies to uncover homegrown plots.
By Susan Jacoby | March 7, 2011; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (9)
In an age of "viral videos," 24/7 cable channels, the Internet, and Facebook revolutions, we cannot control how these hearings will be framed, presented, and interpreted around the world.
By Max Carter | March 7, 2011; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (6)
Anti-abortion activists, with their single-issue politics, idolatrously overvalue the human fetus and undervalue human life today.
By Willis E. Elliott | March 6, 2011; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (1)
Peter King's hearing is a staged event that will do little to shed light on the causes of domestic terrorism.
By John Esposito | March 6, 2011; 9:10 PM ET | Comments (104)