It is disturbing to listen to Representative Peter King, the incoming chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. He has announced plans to hold a hearing next month into what he calls the "radicalization of the American Muslim community." Mr. King, a New York Republican, is no stranger to bluster, but his sweeping slur on Muslim citizens is unacceptable.
The new chairman, of course, acknowledges "the great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans." At the same time he claims, with no evidence, that the hearing is urgently needed because "law enforcement officials throughout the country told me they received little or -- in most cases -- no cooperation from Muslim leaders and imams" in tracking domestic threats, according to his essay in Newsday. (More)