Muslim Boogeyman Day?

House Panel Delves into Muslims Radicalization

I didn’t know it was a holiday, but Representative Peter King sure made it festive! He had Muslim American speakers, Representative Keith Ellison broke down and cried, and accusations flew. All that was missing were kebabs – halal, of course.

The House Panel was looking into Muslim Radicalization. Representative King accused the Muslim community for not cooperating with law enforcement and that the extremism is being preached in mosques. He had families testify that their kids became radicals and were discouraged by their mosques not to talk to the FBI. I’m sure that happened, but generally speaking? I call bull poo poo.

Michael E. Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stated, “Many of our tips to uncover active terrorist plots here in the United States have come from the Muslim community. So we have to make quite clear that the communities are part of the solution and not part of the problem.”

As far as the radicalism being preached in mosques, what exactly is he suggesting we do? Turn off the mics? There is still something called Freedom of Speech in this country. The Westboro Baptist Church can spread their twisted message, and a recent Supreme Court decision reminded us of this freedom. Unless the Imam is instructing people to blow up the next Christian they see, there’s not a whole lot we can do about the message.

I don’t understand the purpose of these hearings. Honestly, radicalization can happen in any group. And accusing them of not cooperating with law enforcement? Giving tips to the FBI about plots and people who they fear are growing more fanatic is the right thing to do, but it is still voluntary. How does pointing out that they’re not cooperating, which is untrue, going to encourage them to do so in the future?

Not only are these hearings a complete waste of time, they’re counterproductive. Instead of gaining the trust of the Muslim community to help the government find the extremists, they are creating distance. Why would you help someone who thinks you are part of the problem? This was not exactly the most effective strategy.

So since March 10 was Muslim Boogeyman Day, can March 11 be Where are the Jobs Day?


11 responses to “Muslim Boogeyman Day?

  • Kendrick Macdowell

    Spinny, the purpose is to share human stories, which is what happened. There is a difference between the hearing and all the positive and negative hype about the hearing. At the hearing, we understood a little better what it felt like to be a parent whose child was lost to Islamist extremism, and a community who lost a patriotic Muslim under the rubble of 9-11. Your spin, I respectfully suggest, confuses the hearing itself with what we all read about the hearing leading up to it. This is the exactly the kind of discussion that needs to happen — the hearing itself, I mean, not the abundant nonsense about the hearing.

    • lobotero

      But I thought it was about the radicalization of American Muslims…….

    • lbwoodgate

      Okay Kendrick. No one disputes that.

      But has Rep. King summoned anyone who has been injured by the extremists NOT of the Muslim faith? You might want to have him review the deadly actions of those who “look more like us”.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Thanks for the explanation, Kendrick. I’m not being facetious. When I read the articles after the meetings and saw clips, I wondered why they held the hearings? If it’s to share stories, then they achieved their purpose. It irritated me when I heard King emphasize/downplay domestic terror (i.e., McVeigh, etc), by saying they were “isolated madmen.” What does he think that Somali teenager in Oregon was? Or the Fort Hood shooter? Or the Times Square guy? One person, who turned radical, and was about to/went nuts. And again, how are giving examples of uncooperative Muslims going to encourage them to be cooperative?

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    There are Muslim groups who welcome this dialogue. Myself, I’m not opposed to the dialogue taking place – because not bringing issues into the open just sustains myth, ignorance and prejudice. Americans need more understanding, not less, if we’re to co-exist with different cultures and religions. Years in Texas taught me that when you allow the media to demonize Mexican Americans and portray them as murderers only fostered hostility and fear. I just wish the chairperson was more appropriate to this dialogue and less hypocritical, considering his alliance with the Irish Republican Army.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      I understand that definitely. The thing is, why did they bring up Muslims being uncooperative? I don’t think that’s productive at all.They could have brought in examples of when they were being cooperative – to emphasize and plead with the community to follow that example. But they didn’t. It was skewed in one direction, as Jackie Speier said.

  • dcmartin

    With all the seccessionist groups popping up, how about we start some hearings on THAT? Wasn’t Palin’s husband part of a seccessionist group before she was tapped as McCain’s running mate? That’s kind of radical. Or how about having some hearings on radical religious nutjobs like Fred Phelps and family, and others like them? Muslims don’t have a lock on “scary radicalization”…………unless you have Lipton on your face.

  • Said Simon

    It says ‘McDonaldz’ actually 😉

    These hearings are a bad thing. First of all, they don’t appear to be all that effective on illuminating trends in the American Muslim community. There are some good scholars already doing that, but they aren’t anywhere near this. Second, the medium of this ‘inquiry’ is overtly prejudiced and will be a propaganda victory for those who argue that the US government is Islamophobic. Doubly so given King’s hypocritical support for the IRA – a terrorist group notorious for its own use of bombings against civilians, and far more effective than any of the American Muslim radicals have been so far.

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Hahaha does it? Maybe the “z” was a way to make it sound young and hip. 😉

      Yeah, the IRA thing made me cringe. I was like, “seriously?” Doesn’t look really good.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

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