Posted by on April 01, 2011 in Blog

On Tuesday, Democratic Party Whip Senator Dick Durbin (IL) convened a hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. Viewed widely as a counterweight to Representative Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on "radicalization" in the American Muslim community, Senator Durbin's hearing did not garner nearly as much attention from the media. Despite the relative lack of coverage, the message Durbin's hearings sent to the American Muslim community and to the general American public at large was an extremely important and positive one.  

Those who testified are:

Muslim civil rights leader Farhana Khera; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick; Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, the Obama Administration’s top civil rights official; and former Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta, the Bush Administration’s top civil rights official.

Watch the hearing

Also take a minute to watch Faiz Shakir, Vice President and Editor of ThinkProgress give analysis of Durbin's hearing on Viewpoint with James Zogby.

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