Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rep. Peter King Doubles Down on Congressional Islamophobia

Serial Islamophobe and newly minted chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King (R-NY) reiterated his commitment today to holding Congressional hearings on a supposed rise in "Muslim radicalization" in the United States, even as he turned down an appeal to expand the hearings to include non-Muslims.

In the wake of the shootings in Arizona this weekend, ranking committee member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) called on King to broaden the scope of the hearings to include investigations into non-Muslim extremists as well. King, who boasts a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric including the claim that there are "too many mosques in this country," declined.

Rep. Thompson and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim congressman, have expressed concern over the appropriateness of the hearings, citing their potential contribution to racial and ethnic profiling and the alienation of the United States' Muslim community.

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