We've had the oftentimes painful privilege of a front row seat in Washington, D.C. for the last 30 years, where we've watched a lot of bigoted rhetoric and policies take aim at our community. There was of course the infamous Peter King hearings on 'Muslim Radicalization' that we had to live through and fight against, and then this week we were sad to watch Senator Ted Cruz try to take King's work one step further by convening a Senate hearing titled "Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts to Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism." Cruz invited some particularly out-there witnesses to help him build his outlandish case. One of the witnesses became a self-proclaimed expert on 'jihad' during an internship with CAIR (despite reports, we've been told CAIR doesn't train interns on ‘jihad’), and another witness, Mr. Haney (despite reports, he is not Creed from The Office), claims to be a "subject matter expert" but is clearly a disaffected former government employee whose wild conspiracy theories probably lost him a job. There were many outlandish, insulting, and un-American moments in the hearing - and they all came at the expense of Muslims worldwide, including American Muslims in the United States including two Members of Congress who were accused of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood because they happen to be Muslim. In those tough moments, we were grateful for the pushback from the sacrificial lambs who had to testify alongside the crazy people, Farhana Khera of Muslim Advocates, Mike German of the Brennan Center for Justice, and Richard Cohen of the Southern Poverty Law Center. They all made important corrections to the bigotry from Cruz and his camp, and made powerful appeals to the better angels that perhaps even Ted Cruz might still entertain. It's sad to see this bigotry get a national platform and the legitimacy of a Senate hearing, but it's encouraging to take stock of our allies. You know what they say about the company you keep...