Did the McCarthy era witch hunts teach these people nothing?
Next month, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R-NY) will hold hearings on the domestic threat posed by Muslim Americans. Echoing McCarthyist rhetoric of the 1950s, King recently argued that Muslims aren’t “American” when it comes to war.
This week, King went on the Laura Ingraham Show to discuss his upcoming investigation. The guest host asked King how many American mosques he thought were “infected” by “radical jihad sentiment.” King, who in the past declared that there are “too many mosques in this country” and called Muslims “an enemy living amongst us,” was unabashed in his belief that “over 80 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams”:
A two-year study by a group of academics on American Muslims and terrorism concluded that contemporary mosques are actually a deterrent to the spread of militant Islam and terrorism. The study was conducted by professors with Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the University of North Carolina. It disclosed that many mosque leaders had put significant effort into countering extremism by building youth programs, sponsoring antiviolence forums and scrutinizing teachers and texts.
Where else but under the GOP small tent would haters of gays, non-Christians, immigrants, blacks and minorities converge for their perpetual hate-fest activities? There’s simply no other way to view it: there exists an element within the Republican party which fosters hate and divisiveness of the sort displayed by Mr. King.
And where is the leadership within the GOP condemning the words and actions of Peter King – a man who has in effect declared all American Muslims worthy of suspicion as he raises Islamophobic fervor another notch.
Have these people forsaken all sense of decency and honesty in their quest for political gain? Yes, of course they have. It’s what these small-minded bastards do.