Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Blog

Jeff Stein, the highly acclaimed intelligence and defense specialist, wrote a powerful piece in the Washington Post yesterday, suggesting that the shooting in Arizona may offer Congressman Peter King an opportunity to reconsider his ill-conceived plan to target the Muslim American community with hearings about “radicalization.”

Stein drew a compelling analogy, comparing the summoning of Muslim American leaders to hearings on alleged community radicalization to summoning Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Sharron Angle to testify at hearings on the impact of their rhetoric on violence in this country.

Stein further touched on the inevitable exploitation of King’s hearings by Islamophobes, saying,

let's not be naive: There are Muslim bashers who will find in the hearings a platform, whether they’re testifying or just spouting off on the Internet, to connect Muslim organizations to terrorism.

Since “homicidal maniacs emerge from all kinds of political riptides and psychological hells, not just Islamic ones,” Stein recommends we focus our energy on making sure that our anti-terrorism agencies are well-functioning, not engage in hearings that further vilify and marginalize an entire community without making us any safer. We couldn’t agree more with Stein, and encourage you to join the debate ongoing in the comments section below the article on the Washington Post website by clicking here.

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