First, let’s clear any misconceptions my readers might have about Muslim Americans;
[A] recent Gallup poll provided insight into how Muslims actually view themselves and their place in the United States. Overwhelming majorities say they consider themselves to be loyal U.S. citizens and feel confident in their future as Americans. Greater than 90% of Muslims say that they reject the ideology of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, and Muslims are the most likely of any religious group to believe that violence against civilians is always unjustified, regardless of the perpetrator. Despite their general feelings of confidence in and loyalty towards America, Muslims as a community continue to be subjected to indiscriminate scrutiny and harassment from law enforcement agencies and government, as well as from significant minorities among other ethno-religious groups within their own country. 48% of American Muslims report to have been target of discrimination within the past year, a figure which has no doubt been influenced by hatred and mistrust resulting from a full decade of war and conflict between the U.S. and Muslim majority countries.
This comes in the wake of the third hearing by Peter King about the ‘radicalization of Muslims’. King likes to repeat lies about the Muslim community (“up to 80 percent of the mosques in America were controlled by Islamic radicals”, he said in 2004). These farcical hearings are having a devastating effect on Muslim communities in America. Sheila Jackson (a democratic representative from Texas), put it well when she said that the trials serve only to “demonize and castigate a whole broad base of human beings”. The effects of this witch hunt are clearly reflected in public opinion;
More than half of Muslim-Americans in a new poll say that government anti-terrorism policies single them out for increased surveillance and monitoring, and many report increased cases of name-calling, threats and harassment by airport security, law enforcement officers and others… 43 percent reported they had personally experienced harassment in the past year, according to the poll released Tuesday.
This hate mongering is bad enough by itself, but it becomes a clear case of cultural hypocrisy when you take into account Rep. King’s history with the Irish terrorist group, the IRA. In the 1980’s when the IRA killed civilians in an attack on a military base, King said;
Peter King will not place moral culpability on the IRA for the civilians it killed in an attack, but will condemn the entire Muslim American community for actions it had nothing to do with, for a very simple reason: Peter King does not like Muslims.