They weren’t protesting against acts of violence and terror committed in the name of Islam. They weren’t protesting against stonings, amputations, or the brutalization of women. They weren’t protesting against attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the U.S. and Europe. They weren’t protesting against the death penalty for apostasy. No, they were protesting against Peter King’s upcoming hearings, even though those hearings are likely to be toothless, with Muslim Brotherhood-linked Congressman Keith Ellison testifying, along with the supremely unrepresentative Muslim Zuhdi Jasser.
We constantly hear about how Muslims are aiding in anti-terror efforts. Yet whenever any specific anti-terror effort is undertaken by anyone, Muslims oppose it.
MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. “” Planned hearings by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community” drew noisy protesters on both sides of the issue to his Long Island office on Tuesday.
About 100 opponents of the hearings were confronted by about the same number of supporters, some waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and chanting slogans favoring the hearings. For a time, protesters from each side argued heatedly in face-to-face confrontations in a parking lot adjacent to the congressman’s office before police stepped in and separated the groups with barricades….
Republican Rep. Peter King said afterward that his planned hearings, set to begin in Washington on March 10 and expected to be held periodically for 18 months, are “absolutely essential” to the country”s homeland security.
“Al-Qaida is recruiting right under our radar screen,” King told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We are not going to cave to political correctness. There is a real threat to the country from the Muslim community and the only way to get to the bottom of it is to investigate what is happening.”
Civic and religious organizations, including the Interfaith Alliance Long Island, Pax Christi Long Island, the Muslim Peace Coalition USA, and the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives organized Tuesday”s event as a “pray-in” to oppose King’s hearings.
“We are worried about the way the hearings are being conducted. It will demonize the Muslim community,” said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, co-chair of the Muslim Peace Coalition USA”s New York chapter. “He should work with the Muslim community who has been working with the FBI and others and get to the root cause of this.”
Sister Jeanne Clark, coordinator of Pax Christi Long Island, read a letter from the group that was being sent to King.
“We know that despite false perceptions shaped by stereotypes, Muslim American leaders have consistently denounced terrorism and worked with law enforcement to prevent violence,” Clark said….
Jalat Hamdani, of Lake Grove, whose son Mohammad Salman Hamdani was an EMT who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center, spoke against the hearings.
“American Muslims also died,” she said. “We sacrificed for this nation, for our nation. We are fighting on the front also. We are contributing members of society. For anybody to accuse the American Muslims of collective guilt is not right. We were attacked by foreign terrorists, criminals without a nation, al-Qaida.”
This business about “collective guilt” is a red herring, and a widely repeated talking point. No one is actually accusing Muslims in America collectively of being responsible for jihad terrorist acts committed anywhere by anyone. The question is to what extent is the belief-system that gives rise to jihad terrorism and Islamic supremacism taught in mosques and Islamic schools in America. This is really an elementary point; that Jalat Hamdani and others like her would profess not to understand it and try to obfuscate it is telling.