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Representative Peter King (R-NY) heads the House Committee On Homeland Security. It's his job to look into security threats to the United States Of America. As part of that job, King is holding hearings titled "The extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community’s response”.
That was all it took for King to come under attack, for accusations of McCarthyism to be fired at him. His critics accused him of being on a "witch hunt". He was accused of being Islamophobic by what I'll call the Political Correctness Police (PCP for short), because he was singling out one group, Muslims, as the target of his hearings. The following letter, signed by over 50 progressive groups, was sent to Rep. King's office:
We are organizations that support the fundamental American values of civil rights and civil liberties for all. We write to strongly object to the House Homeland Security Committee’s plans to hold hearings on the “radicalization” of American Muslims. Our concern is that these hearings will serve to further promote the demonization and scapegoating of millions of American Muslims, while providing little valuable insight into the prevention of domestic terrorism. While we all take the threat of terrorism seriously, we see no productive outcome in
singling out a particular community for examination in what appears to be little more than a political show-trial. American Muslims, like all Americans, want to keep our country safe, and to cooperate with law enforcement when they are aware of criminal activity. Yet many elected officials have chosen to demonize all American Muslims,
denigrating their religion and questioning their patriotism. We fear that these hearings will only add to this toxic climate of suspicion toward American Muslims and may hinder the important efforts to maintain trust and mutual respect between American Muslims, law enforcement, and public officials. We commend your interest in exploring the roots of violent extremism, but we urge you to do so in a way that does not demonize millions of Americans for no reason but their faith.
Allow me to translate - The concerned citizens on PCP "take the threat of terrorism seriously", but they don't want Rep. King or anyone else telling people who the terrorists are, where the terrorists come from, how the terrorists are created, or what steps might be taken to prevent the creation of future terrorists in America. That's how damn serious those on PCP are about terrorism, by golly, as in...they aren't serious at all.
Those on PCP might desire to whitewash the radical Islam out of terrorism, but the people trying to prevent future attacks on this country don't have that luxury. The problem with the "witch hunt" charge of these PCP groups is that the charge is only valid if the witches don't exist. Remember, in Salem, Massachusetts, there were no witches. In the case of radical Islam, the witches are real. Anwar Al-Awlaki, Nidal Hassan, and Faisal Shahzad are all terrorists, and they are all American citizens. There are plenty of others. Here's what Attorney General Eric Holder said in December about the threat of homegrown terrorism, as reported by ABC News:
What was uppermost on [Holder's] mind...is the alarming rise in the number of Americans who are more than willing to attack and kill their fellow citizens. "The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens -- raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born," he said.
In the last 24 months, Holder said, 126 people have been indicted on terrorist-related charges, Fifty of those people are American citizens.
"I think that what is most alarming to me is the totality of what we see, the attorney general said. "Whether it is an attempt to bomb the New York City subway system, an attempt to bring down an airplane over Detroit, an attempt to set off a bomb in Times Square ... I think that gives us a sense of the breadth of the challenges that we face, and the kinds of things that our enemy is trying to do."
Holder says many of these converts to al Qaeda have something in common: a link to radical cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, an American citizen himself.
Rep. Peter King isn't making the homegrown terrorist threat up, folks. He's trying to come up with way to address it.
But the PCP crowd is more worried about being seen as Islamophobic than a growing terrorist threat, despite the fact that Rep. King has said repeatedly that this isn't an indictment of all Muslims, as anyone with a non-PCP affected brain (aka, a functioning brain) would readily understand. It's beyond obvious to most of us that because the terrorists are Muslims, it doesn't follow that all Muslims are therefore terrorists. We know this. We can think. We shouldn't have to keep pointing it out for the benefit of the PCP-impaired slow learners. I mean, I'm of primarily German descent, but I don't get my panties in a wad when somebody points out that the Nazis were Germans. I don't run around hollering "Germanophobia !" The Nazis WERE Germans, just as the terrorists ARE Muslims. That doesn't mean I'm a Nazi, just as it doesn't mean my neighbor and friend Mohammed is a terrorist. Let's stipulate that and move on.
We should coin a new word to describe the attitude of the PCP'ers. It isn't Islamophobic to recognize there is a Muslim terrorist threat, no matter how many times the PCP'ers pretend it is. That isn't Islamophobia, that is acknowledging reality. What the PCP'ers are concerned with is the perception of being Islamophbic. It's about appearances, not reality. The PCP'ers are using that to play upon our fears of being called Islamophobic. It's a sort of Islamophobia-phobia they are pushing, for lack of a better term.
Those on PCP pretend King is being Islamophobic because his hearings focus exclusively on the Muslim terrorist threat, while ignoring the terrorist threat from other groups, such as those radicalized Boy Scouts, or those jihadist Mothers Against Drunk Driving, I guess. Why do we continue to play this PCP charade ? The charade is why we make 80-year-old blue-haired grandmothers remove their shoes at the airport when there is no reason for it.
Now for the irony that inevitably appears when dealing with radical Islam and these reality-denying PCP folks. As a result of holding hearings about radical Muslims, Rep. Peter King has been getting death threats from radical Muslims, which pretty much proves King's point about terrorism, not that the point is still subject to debate. It is not. The verdict is in, PCP'ers, and it's not a perception. It's a reality.