The American Muslim Community and Rep. Peter King’s “Islamic” Radicalization Hearings - updated 7/12

The American Muslim Community and Rep. Peter King’s “Islamic” Radicalization Hearings

by Sheila Musaji






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Rep. Peter King plans to hold a Congressional inquiry into American Muslim “radicalization” in his new position as Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

This has been seen as a flashback to McCarthy’s witchhunt, and a witch trial, and even political violence.  Whether or not this inquiry would benefit anyone   has been debated by the right and the left.

As an American Muslim, when I look at Rep. King’s background and previous statements, it seems to me that Rep. King is an Islamophobe, and that what he is proposing is not an attack on radicals (of whatever persuasion) but an attack on American Muslims in general.  I am very concerned about where this might take us as a nation, and will follow this developing story and provide updates. 

What makes this all the more concerning is a recent Washington Post article “Top Secret America” which includes the information that “‘Top Secret America’ includes hundreds of federal departments and agencies operating out of 1300 facilities around this country. Thirty-three new building complexes have been built for intelligence bureaucracies alone, occupying 17 million square feet-the equivalent of 22 U.S. Capitols or three Pentagons.  Five miles southeast of the White House, the largest government site in 50 years is being built-at a cost of $3.4 billion-to house the largest bureaucracy after the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Department of Homeland Security, which has a workforce of 230,000 people.  With nearly 2,000 private companies that are sub contracted in all, there are now 850,000 Americans with top secret clearance.”  The Department of Homeland Security to the extent that it is influenced by people like Rep. King may limit our civil rights.  As Javeed Akhter has pointed outFew are aware of the magnitude of this secret intel. It is legitimate worry that parts of an operation this large and diverse and secret may get out of hand and start affecting civil liberties of all Americans.  I am not aware of any congressional hearings on it.  Also no moral authority in or out of office has taken on the media for their reckless stereotyping of Muslim Americans.

Also of concern is the fact that the hearings according to a page on the Homeland Security Committee website, are to be called Hearings on Islamic Radicalization.  The title makes it clear that this is not a question of how to prevent some Muslims from becoming radicalized, but rather what it is about Islam itself that leads to radicalization. 

Originally, these hearings were slated to begin in February, but the date now being mentioned is March 10th.

UPDATE:  Rep. King has now held five hearings.  Here is the TAM article collection discussing every aspect of those hearings:

On TAM we have published a number of articles on Rep. Peter King’s Hearings and related U.S. government and military hearings and training that most American Muslims consider to be Islamophobic:  TAM has an article The American Muslim Community and Rep. Peter King’s “Islamic” Radicalization Hearings which has a great deal of background on Peter King and these hearings, which includes an extensive article collection.  We also have a series of articles breaking down various aspects of the hearings.

-   Peter King’s Hearing: What Was the Point? discussing the content of the hearings, with a collection of articles written after the hearing ended. 
Peter King’s Civics Lesson for American Muslims which has a collection of anti-Muslim statements by elected representatives and government officials made during and before the hearings.  
Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community and Polls, Surveys, and Statistics Relating to Islam and Muslims  with actual hard evidence so lacking in the hearing.  
Response of Civic Organizations and Interfaith Community to “Muslim Radicalization” Hearings  
Elected Representatives & Government Officials Who HAVE Questioned Islamophobia with quotes from elected representatives and government officials attempting to counter the bias of this hearing both during and before the hearing.  
- Peter King’s hearing: witness testimonies - allegations but no facts
- Peter King’s Fourth Hearing Targets Muslims in the Military
- Peter King’s Fifth Hearing With “Astroturf” Muslim Witnesses
- Zuhdi Jasser and AIFD - Identified by Rep. King as the Ideal American Muslim Leadership
- Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter?
Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community which lays out all of his claims and allegations and provides detailed answers to each.  (e.g. Do Muslims cooperate with law enforcement?  Do Muslims speak out against terrorism and extremism?  Are most Muslims terrorists?  Are 80 to 85% of mosques run by radicals?  Have American Muslim organizations responded to the issue of radicalization?  Are mosques the source of radicalization?  etc.)
- The scope of Rep. Kings Hearings Creates Homeland “in"Security
- National Faith Leaders to Protest Anti-Muslim Hearings 
Rep. Peter King’s Muslim Phobia
- Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history
- The NYPD, the CIA, and “The Third Jihad”
- Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives
- GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo:  They’ve Lowered the Bar Again!
The GOP Anti-Muslim Limbo:  How Low Can They Go?
- White House Releases “New” Counter-terrorism Strategy:  Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States
Where is the U.S. Government Getting It’s Information on Islam and Muslims?
All of these articles will be updated as further information comes in, and there will be more articles in this series.


What the hearings are called and the language used really do matter.  The U.S. Government recently issued a statement asking that government officials be cautious in their use of language as it may actually be against the interests of the U.S. to use terms that connect the religion of Islam with the acts of criminals.  The governments suggests the use of more accurate and non-inflammatory language.  A recent Homeland Security Report even sharply rebuked John McCain’s ‘Islamic Extremism’ rhetoric. 

In 2008, the U.S. State Department approved new counterterrorism lexicon for diplomats.  The report, “WORDS THAT WORK AND WORDS THAT DON’T: A GUIDE FOR COUNTERTERRORISM COMMUNICATION” offers specific directives, such as: don’t use terms such as “jihadist” or “holy warrior” because it legitimizes bin Laden’s followers, but also don’t use terms such as “Islamo-fascism,” which offends everyone else by associating Islam with fascism.  You can view the full report here.  UPI reports “Urging officials not to use the word Islam in conjunction with terrorism, the guide notes that, “Although the al-Qaida network exploits religious sentiments and tries to use religion to justify its actions, we should treat it as an illegitimate political organization, both terrorist and criminal.”    Instead of calling terror groups Muslim or Islamic, the guide suggests using words like totalitarian, terrorist or violent extremist—“widely understood terms that define our enemies appropriately and simultaneously deny them any level of legitimacy.” 

A report entitled TERMINOLOGY TO DEFINE THE TERRORISTS: RECOMMENDATIONS FROM AMERICAN MUSLIMS was considered by the State Department in preparing their report.  The PDF of this document can be read .  From the conclusion of this report:  “Words matter. The terminology the USG uses should convey the magnitude of the threat we face, but also avoid inflating the religious bases and glamorous appeal of the extremists’ ideology. Instead, USG terminology should depict the terrorists as the dangerous cult leaders they are. They have no honor, they have no dignity, and they offer no answers. While acknowledging that they have the capacity to destroy, we should constantly emphasize that they cannot build societies, and do not provide solutions to the problems people across the globe face.”

As Salam al-Marayati of MPAC has said Dropping religious labels] denies Al-Qaeda and its affiliates the religious legitimacy they severely lack and so desperately seek. For years, Muslim public opinion has decisively turned against Bin Ladin, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups because of the immoral, unethical and gruesome tactics they employ and because the vast majority of their victims have been other Muslims.  ...  one of our strategic goals should be to empower the authentic and mainstream Muslim voices that are working on a daily basis to counter the cult of death, which groups such as Al-Qaeda call to. By removing religious labels from describing the terrorists, we empower and embolden those mainstream voices and deny the terrorists from making a religious claim. This is precisely why in 2008 a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal memo circulated amongst government agencies directed government officials and diplomatic staff to consider the implications of using “Islamic” language when discussing terrorism-related issues.




King wants Wikileaks designated as a terrorist organization.

King supports torture of Guantanamo detainees.

On the Laura Ingraham radio program, King was asked what would have happened if Jared Loughner had been a Muslim, and he responded“The first statement [from the left after past instances of Islamic terror] was we have no right to judge an entire community by one person. This is a deranged gunman who in no way reflects what Islam stands for, and it would be terrible if Americans tried to even look at Islam as being responsible for this. It would have been a total defense of Islam, a total isolation of this person as an individual acting by himself, and an implied attack on anyone that would even question whether or not his religious beliefs were involved.”  Perhaps he needs to speak with Sarah Palin about her attack on anyone that would even question whether or not inflammatory rhetoric might encourage violence, and why only the deranged gunman is responsible.

King wants to eliminate the Dept. of Education.  He wants to privatize Social Security.  He wants to consider ending birthright citizenship.  He wants to repeal Health Care reform.  He did not support the balanced budget amendment.  He voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and YES on making Patriot Act permanent.  You can see his Congressional voting record here.  You can see his record on civil rights here.

3/8/11 Ben Smith reports on an interesting historical note on that point: King actually worked with McCarthy counsel Roy Cohn when he was a young lawyer.  King confimed to me just now that he worked with Cohn for about 18 months at the firm Saxe, Bacon & Bolan, where Cohn maintained an extremely aggressive private practice. King didn’t have much to say about Cohn, but he dismissed the historical reference.



This section has been made into a separate article — Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter? .  This article has a great deal of information on King and the IRA and how this relates to his position as Chair of the Congressional Homeland Security Committee and to the American Muslim community.


On the function of the Department of Homeland Security, King said: “The department was set up primarily to protect us from another terrorist attack from Islamic terrorists, and yet they talk about everything but that.” 

I am sorry Rep. King, but I expect the Dept. of Homeland Security to attempt to protect us from terrorist attacks from all sources, and since the overwhelming majority of terrorists are not Muslims, this statement gives me no peace of mind.”


A just released MPAC statement includes the following:  “Rep. Peter King should heed the words of the former House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, who stated that “the chairman of the committee now talks about the Muslim threat, but there is the threat of homegrown terrorists who could be members of some hate group, Klan associated, Aryan Nation associated, or just something they dream up.” Rep. King should expand the scope of his hearing to include the Tucson tragedy to ensure that we truly are seeking to solve the problem of violent extremism in our nation.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D.-Miss), the ranking member on the Homeland Security Comittee published an article in Politico, where he lends caution to the “Peter King Hearings” that are scheduled to begin soon to examine home grown terrorism solely in the context of terrorists claiming to be Muslim.  He claims this is too narrow a focus and urges Congress and the public to expand their focus on terrorism beyond race and religion.  Here are a few quotes from Rep. Thompson’s article:  “Today’s terrorists do not share a particular ethnic, educational or socioeconomic background. Recently, when state law enforcement agencies were asked to identify terror groups in their states, Muslim extremist groups ranked 11th on a list of 18.  ...  And what do von Brunn and Loughner have in common with Muslim extremists like Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, and Colleen LaRose, also known as Jihad Jane? All allegedly espoused radical views on the Internet through extremist websites, chat rooms and popular sites like Facebook.    This starkly illustrates what should be common sense: The most effective means of identifying terrorists is through their behavior — not ethnicity, race or religion.  ...  Devoting all of our assets to investigate only the Muslim community leaves a gaping hole in our security. Holding hearings is not only likely to increase the level of government mistrust within the community, but it will weaken counterterrorism cooperation by ignoring the long history of Muslim cooperation. Poisoning this relationship through inquisition-style hearings would substantially risk losing this crucial cooperation.    We must maximize our efforts to counter violent extremism, radicalization and recruitment in the United States, and stop using xenophobia and ethnic stereotyping. If we are going to move forward and protect this nation, we must recognize trends in terrorist activity.”

Rep. King rejected a call by a key Democrat to expand a hearing on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims to include other homegrown threats after the Arizona rampage in January.

According to a new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, a solid majority of Americans think it’s a better idea to broaden such hearings so they don’t single out Muslims.  Greg Sargent notes it’s true that a majority, 56 percent, thinks hearings into Muslim extremism is a good idea. But a far larger majority, 72 percent, thinks the hearings shouldn’t single out just Muslim extremism. So the first number may largely reflect the public’s desire to reckon with extremism in any form.  What’s more, this suggests that the public is rejecting one of the most basic of assumptions underlying King’s push for hearings: That broadening the focus beyond Muslims risks sending some kind of self-defeating message that we aren’t overly preoccupied with the threat of Islamic extremism. King himself has been very explicit on this point. But it appears the public disagrees.

Rep. King has consistently rejected any calls for expanding the scope of the hearings to include radicalization generally.


This section became lengthy with both pre-hearing rumors about possible witnesses, and then actual hearing witnesses, their testimony, and responses to that testimony.  The information is all collected in two articles - Zuhdi Jasser and AIFD - Identified by Rep. King as the Ideal American Muslim Leadership and Peter King’s hearing: witness testimonies - allegations but no facts
National Review Online obtained the WITNESS LIST set to appear at the opening of Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radicalization within the American Muslim community:  Abdirizak Bihi, the brother of Burhan Hassan’s mother ; Melvin Bledsoe, the father of Carlos Bledsoe (Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad); Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, an Arizona physician and military veteran; Lee Baca, the sheriff of Los Angeles County; Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.); Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.).  These are only the six initial witnesses.  We do not yet know who else will be called in future hearings, but since the hearings are planned to go on for a year and a half, there will certainly be many more than these six. 



In our TAM article collection Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives, Rep. King is only of those quoted as saying alarming things about Islam and Muslims.  However, his current position makes his statements much more of a concern.

King said that there are “Too Many Mosques” in the U.S.”

King said  “The enemy is Islamic terrorism. It’s not an amorphous extremism….It’s Islamic terrorism which opposes the very fiber of what we stand for”

King made comments suggesting that American Muslims don’t cooperate with authorities.  He said “85 percent of American Muslim community leaders are an enemy living amongst us” and that “no (American) Muslims cooperate in the war on terror”.  Back in 2004 King said on the Sean Hannity program “I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists…Those who are in control. lThe average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don’t work, they don’t come forward, they don’t tell the police.”  In 2006 King, sent two letters to several thousand, mainly Jewish, constituents in New York’s 3rd Congressional District. The letters condemn American Muslim leaders, including those at ICLI, for “failing to unequivocally denounce Islamic terrorism.”  The letters also point out that leaders of ICLI, a Westbury-based mosque founded in 1985, are supporting King’s Democratic opponent in the upcoming election.

He has been a vocal opponent of the Cordoba House.  King said regarding Cordoba House “It’s a house of worship, but we are at war with Al Qaeda.” 

Unless you believe that all Muslims are somehow supportive of or connected with Al Qaeda, that is one colossal non sequitur.  Most Muslims are at war with Al Qaeda.

In 2004, King said“The fact is while the overwhelming majority of Muslims are outstanding people, on the other hand 100% of the Islamic terrorists are Muslims, and that is our main enemy today.”  King used this inane comment to back his support of profiling of Muslims

This is a meanlingless comment.  Of course 100% of Muslim terrorists are Muslims.  The question is, what does King plan to do about the majority of terrorists - who are not Muslims?

King made questionable comments about the Islamic Center of Long Island.

Rep. King said On Frank Gaffney’s radio program on January 11th that Muslims Aren’t ‘American’ When It Comes To War.  King’s willingness to appear on Gaffney’s program may say something about King’s biases.    As Sarah Posner notes“Gaffney has been peddling the bogus claim that shari’ah law represents a real threat to the Constitution, and has called on Congress to “investigate” that as well. He employs someone who believes being Muslim should be criminalized. He brought that dog and pony show to Capitol Hill late last year for the benefit of House staffers, and spoke to a room of about 50 people. It surely is a deeply troubling development that King is cavorting with Gaffney and pontificating about the “Americanism” of American Muslims, in light of Gaffney’s agitation about fifth columns of shari’ah proponents bent on undermining the Constitution.” More on Gaffney and his Center for Security Policy Sharia report here, here, here.

  Lee Fang at ThinkProgress has noted that even the Conservative Political Action Conference has frozen out King’s interviewer, Frank Gaffney, for being a “crazy bigot.”  Gaffney Still Fearmongering About Sharia In U.S. here


When asked where he gets his information about Muslims King mentions doubtful sources:  “Hannity asked King to confirm he was saying 85 percent of mosques in America are “ruled by the extremists.”  “Yes,” he replied, “and I can get you the documentation on that from experts in the field. Talk to a Steve Emerson, talk to a [Daniel] Pipes, talk to any of those. They will tell you. It’s a real issue … . I’ll stand by that number of 85 percent. This is an enemy living amongst us.” (More on Emerson here and here and a number of responses to Emerson here.  Numerous responses to Daniel Pipes’ claims here.  Emerson was offended that King would not call him as a witness)

Rep. King defended Pamela Geller and called her a “credible spokesperson”.  (More on Geller here, here, and here)

According to ACT for America’s Orlando site“The many Senators and Congressman & Women who support Act for America (e.g. Michelle Bachman, Peter King, Sue Myrick, Bozeman, Franks who spoke to us at our National Convention in D.C. this past month.”  More on Sue Myrick and ACT here.  More on the The Anti-Muslim Congressional Mafia here.  More on Brigitte Gabrielle, the head of ACT here and here.  Many have questioned whether ACT is educating or fear mongering.

Regarding the Iraq War King said“We went into Iraq because Saddam Hussein refused to account for his weapons of mass destruction, consistently violated UN resolutions and in a post-9/11 world no American president could afford to give Saddam Hussein the benefit of the doubt.”

It has been announced that Rep. Peter King will be the first guest on Brigitte Gabriel’s Act for America’s new television program. 

I don’t believe that it is possible for King to send a clearer message about his intentions for the upcoming inquiry.  Every American Muslim should get ready for that “Are you now, or have you ever been, a Muslim” question.  Let’s just hope that those Halliburton Internment Camps aren’t being refurbished.  Here’s a little background on Act for America and it’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel who said “If a Muslim who has—who is—a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day—this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”  Brigitte Gabriel has also stated: “America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.”  She also said “between Israel and the Arab world is the difference between civilization and barbarism and also said of the “Arabic world,” that they “have no soul.”   She said “a practising Muslim who goes to mosque every Friday, prays five times a day, and who believes that the Koran is the word of God, and who believes that Mohammed is the perfect man and (four inaudible words) is a radical Muslim.”  She said If you want to understand the nature of the enemy we face, visualize a tapestry of snakes. They slither and they hiss, and they would eat each other alive, but they will unite in a hideous mass to achieve their common goal of imposing Islam on the world. This is the ugly face of the enemy we are fighting.”  More on Gabriel here, here, here, here, and here.


It looks as if more of our elected representatives are jumping on the anti-Muslim bandwagon.  This week, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) joined the growing chorus of Republicans clamoring for hearings to look into the threat of “creeping Sharia law.” Appearing on Frank Gaffney’s radio show (Gaffney is of course the chief architect of the “creeping Sharia” threat), Gohmert told the host he hoped they would “have some hearings” and that he would “be pushing for them”.  (Rep. Gohmert previously warned of a plot to breed terrorist babies who will one day attack America.  This goes right along with the Muslim demographics conspiracy theory which I call the dumbest Muslim plot ever

Gaffney appears to have a lot of influence among the Republicans in Congress.  Back in September, Gaffney, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI), the ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, and others held a news conference on Capitol Hill to release a report on Muslim religious law entitled “Shariah: The Threat to America.” That document alleges that Muslim adherents to Shariah law are categorically “making a determined, sustained, and well-financed effort to impose it on all Muslims and non-Muslims, alike.”  State Rep. Leo Berman (author of his state’s birther bill) has introduced legislation to ban Sharia law from being used in Texas courts.  Rep. Rex Duncan (R-OK), Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), State Rep. Gerald Gay (R-WY), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), State Rep. Wendy Nanney (R-SC),  Sen. Mike Fair(R-SC), State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-IN), Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Ernest Wooten (R-LA), State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-IN)  are among those who have supported anti-Sharia legislation. 

Many States are considering anti-Sharia legislation.  Although Oklahoma’s law is the first to come under court scrutiny, legislators in at least thirteen states, including Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, have proposed similar laws, the National Conference of State Legislatures says. Tennessee and Louisiana have enacted versions of the law banning use of foreign law under certain circumstances.    Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House, is pushing for a federal law that “clearly and unequivocally states that we’re not going to tolerate any imported law.”  (South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Wyoming, Alaska, Georgia, Nebraska, Utah, and other states have individuals pushing to bring this issue to a vote.  Wyoming judges wouldn’t be allowed to consider Islamic law or international law when making rulings, under a proposed state constitutional amendment introduced in Jan 2011.)  Wyoming has fewer than 300 Muslims living within its borders which makes their concern with this non-issue laughable. 

Halal food is the focus of another anti-Sharia movement.  Stephen Colbert highlights the “dangers” of eating “Muslim food”.  As Loonwatch reports, Pat Robertson is once again at the forefront of this non-issue along with Pamela Geller.  Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association wrote an article calling Campbell’s halal soups Sharia in a can and saying: “Sharia law is no longer creeping up on us. It’s bearing down on us at full gallop. It’s time for Christian civilization to grab the reins of this runaway horse and stop it dead in its tracks. No Sharia law in America, period.”






All anyone has to do is go to The American Muslim homepage, click on the Muslims Denounce Terrorism Logo at the top of the page, and you will see a huge list of Muslim condemnations of terrorism and extremism, fatwas by Islamic scholars, statements by Muslim organizations, statements by individuals, statements by leaders of the American Muslim community, etc.  There is no excuse for not knowing about the fact that hundreds of community leaders and scholars and every recognized national organization have issued strong statements

American Muslims have spoken out loudly and frequently, but are mostly ignored.  It seems that we are invisible as far as the mainstream press is concerned.

DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on the issue of radicalization and said “It is critical that we recognize that American Muslims have been, and will continue to be, a highly valued part of the fabric of our Nation. American Muslims have been outspoken in their opposition to terrorist violence and have been strong contributors to our country for many generations.”


TAM has a lengthy article collection Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history  This article lists studies, government reports, and other documentation, and incidents from the 1970’s to the present time. 

In addition, the detailed answer to this question is now included in the article Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community


This section has been combined into the following articles: 

1)  Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community which lists studies and counter-terrorism and anti-radicalization efforts by Muslim as well as non-Muslim organizations. 

2)  Elected Representatives & Government Officials Who HAVE Questioned Islamophobia which lists many statements that counter this claim.


The detailed answer to this question is now included in the article Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community


In his December 19th oped defending his planned inquiry, King said “The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans. Yet a Pew Poll showed that 15 percent of Muslim Americans between 18 and 29 say suicide bombing is justified.” 

The detailed answer to this question is now included in the article Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community


The detailed answer to this question is now included in the article Answers to Peter King’s Claims About the American Muslim Community


Eboo Patel points out there are ways that King’s inquiry might be beneficial.  For example it could ” ...  shine a light on the role that the mainstream Muslim community has played in these attacks. By and large, it has been to help prevent them. Mainstream American Muslims have been vigilant against extremists in their communities - confronting their views, flushing them out and if need be reporting them to law enforcement.”  And, he points out that The pattern of extremism amongst American Muslim is ‘self-radicalization’ online.  Patel points out that if this inquiry focuses on this reality it might have beneficial consequences “King should help the country draw the obvious conclusion from these two points: let’s reduce the number of people who self-radicalize online, let’s lift up the good work of the mainstream American Muslim community and let’s strengthen our partnerships so we keep our nation safe. Doing anything else is bad for the country.

Rep. Keith Ellison said on “The Ed Show” that he told King he’d like to be involved in the proposed hearing but wanted it done “responsibly. . . . Let’s talk about how we’re going to make America safer, and enlist Muslim Americans to help safeguard our country and look at anybody who might get radicalized.”  Ellison also said: “It is worthwhile to find out what turns somebody from a normal citizen into a violent radical,” he told MSNBC. “But to say that we’re only going to do it against this community, and ... to change the debate to vilify this community is very scary and clearly has McCarthyistic implications.”  A video of King and Ellison on CNN here

Juan Cole has referred to these hearings as hating Muslims in America and said: Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the incoming chair of the House committee on Homeland Security has announced that he will hold hearings into the ‘radicalization’ of American Muslims. This, despite the fact that the Muslim Americans are pillars of the US community–disproportionately well-educated and well integrated into the country, and even though a third of tips forestalling radical Muslim operations come from the community itself. And, despite the fact that most terrorism in the US is committed by white supremacists. King’s obscene gesture of Kristallnacht-by-hearing does not come out of the representative’s own eccentricities, but is part of an organized conspiracy to demonize and marginalize Muslim Americans and Arab Americans. (Ironically, as we will likely hear more of from the Wikileaks cables, the British government considers King little more than a terrorist himself, given his vocal support for the Irish Republican Army, which regularly blew up London from the 1970s through the early 1990s).

Larry Cohler-Esse and Nathan Gutman note It is King’s prescriptions for addressing this trend that cause controversy. The hearings, still in their formative stage, are likely to be shaped by King’s view of Muslims as a community to be intensively monitored and systematically infiltrated. That is at odds with other views, held by some in law enforcement and counter-terrorism, who see American Muslims quite differently: as willing partners, if sensitively cultivated and understood as individuals who want to stop terrorism — but who bristle at being targeted as a community and pressured to spy on their own congregations.  They also point out that According to data compiled by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, one-third of terror plots in the United States linked to al-Qaeda or its affiliates since 9/11 were foiled thanks to cooperation from members of the Muslim community. Alejandro Beutel, the group’s government and policy analyst, said that these numbers were derived from government records and press reports tracked by the Congressional Research Service and the Heritage Foundation.    “The number clearly shows that there is cooperation with law enforcement agencies,” Beutel said, terming King’s claims “grossly inaccurate.”

Salam al-Marayati of MPAC said “He basically wants to treat the Muslim-American community as a suspect community”...  He added that Mr. King was potentially undermining the relationship that Muslim leaders had sought to build with law enforcement officials around the country. Tensions have occasionally erupted in recent years over counterterrorism measures that civil rights groups and others said had gone too far.

MPAC has produced a report Counterproductive Counterterrorism: How Anti-Muslim Bias is Undermining America’s Homeland Security which outlines how such a focus on one community can undermine our safety.

AAI and MPAC held a Congressional Briefing called islamophobia challenge to american pluralism.  You can see the video of the event here

On January 7th, MPAC called for a meeting with Rep. King.  The MPAC press release read in part Sadly, King has a history of pointing fingers and peddling false statistics that paint the Muslim American community with a broad brush. “There are too many mosques in this country,” King told Politico in 2007. “There are too many people who are sympathetic to radical Islam. We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.” He has also claimed, without any proof, that 85 percent of American mosques are led by extremists, saying “this is an enemy living among us.” However, King has failed to provide a reliable source for the statistics and wild claims he throws out about the Muslim American community. Such sweeping generalizations about communities we need to engage, not alienate, is a reckless and dangerous approach for a decision-maker heading the homeland security committee.      Rather than pointing fingers or chasing a red herring, we believe it is important we work together to guarantee the safety of our country. This is why we at MPAC call for a meeting with King to discuss his initiatives, the proposed hearings, and the efforts of the Muslim American community in fighting radicalization. We certainly hope that Congressman King is serious enough about wanting to fight radicalization that he will take us up on this request in the coming days and weeks. 

I have been made aware of an article by Qanta A. Ahmed Fulfilling Our Duty as Muslim-Americans with the subtitle “There’s no reason we should object to Congress investigating Islamist radicalism”.  This article is being promoted by some as an example of the views of a “good Muslim”.  I agree with the author that an objective inquiry into the causes of radicalization and means to counteract radicalization are necessary.  I don’t believe that the author is aware of Rep. King’s background and bias, or even of the many steps the Muslim community has taken to attempt to counter radicalization.  As Amnesty International said Congressman King seems more inclined to chase headlines, than to tackle the difficult challenges we face with the nuance and sophistication they require. This more than anything surely raises the question of whether or not he is a fit Chairman for the House Homeland Security Committee.

Illume reports that A former government official at the US Embassy in London, Quintan Wiktorowicz has just taken over as the senior director of global engagement in the National Security Council.    Bringing both work and research experience to the table, Wiktorowicz comes to the NSC with findings that have “shattered some of the stereotypes we have about Muslims and radicalization,” says Georgetown University’s Christine Fair.    Quite contrary to existing generalizations about terrorism, Wiktorowicz has found that the most religious of Muslims are actually the ones who are most resistant to radicalization and terrorism. His interviews with hundreds of Islamists in the United Kingdom led him to further believe that it was the individuals with poor grounding in religious matters that were attracted to radicalism.  NPR reports on this appointment that While in the U.K., Wiktorowicz reached out to a wide range of Muslim leaders — from moderates to extremists — and that set him apart from scholars who had preceded him, Neumann says. “He very successfully mobilized a broad coalition of very different people in London that all came together in order to oppose extremism and terrorism. No one else before has accomplished that.”    It is also on this point that Wiktorowicz apparently ran into trouble. His coalition of Muslims was controversial because it included people some conservatives in Britain found too extreme. As Neumann sees it, that was part of the strategy: “Wiktorowicz’s approach has quite deliberately been: ‘I want the tent to be as broad as possible. ... As long as they are opposed to extremism and terrorism, I want everyone to be part of the coalition.’ “ 

51 faith, civil rights, and human rights organizations send letter to John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi to formally ask Congressional leaders to object to divisive hearings targeting millions of American Muslims that House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-NY) has called for later this month on the “‘radicalization’ of the American Muslim community.” 

Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca said that there is nothing to support Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) view that American Muslims are being uncooperative with law enforcement.  “If he has evidence of non-cooperation, he should bring it forward.”

John Brennan, chief counterterrorism adviser to the President, has said“Describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie—propagated by al Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism—that the United States is somehow at war against Islam.  The reality, of course, is that we never have been and will never be at war with Islam.  After all, Islam, like so many faiths, is part of America….Our enemy is al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates.  For it was al Qaeda who attacked us so viciously on 9/11 and whose desire to attack the United States, our allies, and our partners remains undiminished.”

Rep. Mike Honda, D-CA (a Japanese-American Congressman) has issued a statement

My father loved this country and proudly served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Service. Yet when I was a young child during World War II, we were confined for several years at Camp Amache, an internment camp in southeast Colorado, simply because we were of Japanese ancestry. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans were unjustly placed under scrutiny and suspicion because few in Washington were brave enough to say “no.” The decision to incarcerate, according to a report by the congressionally mandated Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, was based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

Now, decades later, something similarly sinister is returning to our country. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is organizing congressional hearings on Muslim Americans. These hearings are scheduled to take place within the House Homeland Security Committee.

Rep. King’s intent seems clear: To cast suspicion upon all Muslim Americans and to stoke the fires of anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia. By framing his hearings as an investigation of the American Muslim community, the implication is that we should be suspicious of our Muslim neighbors, co-workers or classmates solely on the basis of their religion.

This should be deeply troubling to Americans of all races and religions. An investigation specifically targeting a single religion implies, erroneously, a dangerous disloyalty, with one broad sweep of the discriminatory brush.

In building the pretext for the hearings, King has repeatedly said that American Muslim community leaders have failed to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the effort to disrupt terrorism plots — a claim that has been refuted by U.S. counter-terrorism experts and top law enforcement officials. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, for example, who works with a large Muslim American population, has countered King’s allegation by asserting, unequivocally, that cooperation with the community is active and aggressive. (Incidentally, Rep. King will not be calling any law enforcement professionals to testify during his hearings.)

While protecting our homeland from acts of violence should be a top priority for policymakers, we must remember that no entire community can be held responsible for the acts of a few people. A “presumption of guilt” should never be applied collectively. We must aggressively investigate criminal behavior, watch for patterns that point to emerging threats, and stay constantly vigilant as citizens, but we must also not divide or target Americans simply on the basis of their faith or ancestry.

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), who is one of two Muslim members of Congress said “Are there Islamic bozos out there who really want to see harm done to Americans? Absolutely,” Carson told Michel. “And we have to act and isolate the threat and deal with the threat effectively.  “However, there are other groups, particularly racial supremacist groups, who pose a greater threat to our internal security.”  He also said “I’m deeply troubled by much of the rhetoric surrounding these hearings.  Targeting Muslim Americans, as these hearings do, harkens back to the era of McCarthy, when similar witch hunts failed to improve our overall national security and distracted Americans from more pressing issues confronting the nation.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (a coalition of 200 organizations) has written to Rep. King to express their deep concern about the proposed hearings.**

At a “Day of Remembrance” in California,  the theme of ‘Fighting against fear’ promotes unity between Japanese Americans and American Muslims. 

3/6/11 There was a large “Today I Am a Muslim Too” Rally in Times Square in opposition to King’s upcoming hearings and a smaller counter rally in support.

3/6/11 Denis McDonough Addressed the American Muslim Community on the subject of radicalization and responses to it, on behalf of the White House. 


Because Rep. King appears to be unaware of existing studies and reports on this subject, TAM has collected a few of these for him.  Actually, we have now collected so many that they are listed in a separate article Existing reports and studies on radicalization in the American Muslim Community


When the New York Times ran an article  that criticized King’s planned hearings, King responded with“I’m absolutely delighted that The New York Times would attack me ... I have nothing but contempt for them. They should be indicted under the Espionage Act. … “ 

When the Department of Homeland Security released a report in 2009 RIGHTWING EXTREMISM: CURRENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CLIMATE FUELING RESURGENCE IN RADICALIZATION AND RECRUITMENT that warned of the rising threat of right-wing extremism, King responded negatively.  King told Joe Scarborough that, instead of discussing the threat of anti-government radicals, DHS should focus on the threat emanating from “Muslims” and “mosques” at home.  He said ”[Napolitano] has never put out a report talking about look out for mosques. Look out for Islamic terrorists in our country. Look out for the fact that very few Muslims come forward to cooperate with the police. If they sent out a report saying that, there would be hell to pay.”

Asked whether he would respond to a letter Muslim Advocates sent to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), King said: “I don’t believe it warrants an answer…. I am too busy preparing for the hearings.”

3/7/11 Justin Elliott reports  In advance of the hearing, King is making the media rounds, and he made a telling comment to the New York Daily News over the weekend:  Muslims, he said, have a “misguided” belief that they were victimized by a backlash of hatred after the Sept. 11 attacks. The congressman argues the hate they feel is imagined, and Muslims need to put aside any fears they have towards official America and police.    “I think a lot of that is a self-imposed fear they have, and that seemed to put them underground, put then in a sense of non-cooperation,” King said. “I’m hoping that the hearing will bring this out, and encourage people in the Muslim community to come forward and realize that they should cooperate.”  The notion that “radicalization” hearings led by King—who has a lengthy history of making inflammatory and bogus accusations about Muslims—are going to encourage better cooperation between police and this community is a fantasy.


Religious Freedom USA has a take action page with very useful suggestions on what you can do to make your voice heard by Rep. King.

Help Representative King hear about Muslim friends, family, and colleagues who contribute so profoundly to our lives each and everyday. Suggestions include firefighters, police officers, politicians, teachers, non-profit leaders, parents, children – or any Muslim-American who has truly touched your life and made difference.    You can reach him by phone (202-225-7896), e-mail (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), post mail (339 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20515), or on his Congressional contact site    Make sure Representative Peter King hears about Muslim-Americans, rather than putting an entire community on the stand.

The American Friends Service Committee has a simple form that you can use to locate and write to your local newspaper editor on any issue here

You can contact your elected representatives.  GO TO:  On the right-hand side of the page, enter your ZIP code. On the resulting page, click the names of your elected representatives. Click the “contact” tab on the resulting page for your officials’ phone numbers.

CAIR has a response guide here and on pages 8-9 is a list of the 112TH CONGRESS U.S. HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP with phone numbers so that you can call. 


All of the premises that are the foundation for Rep. King’s belief that this inquiry is needed are false.  His motives are either ignorant or bigoted, and whether Rep. King is ignorant or bigoted, either possibility makes him a bad choice to be in charge of Homeland Security, or to lead a non-biased investigation.  I am concerned that the question for Rep. King might just be “Are you now, or have you ever been, a Muslim?”

I hope that he reads and re-reads the first amendment - “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

This is becoming a vicious cycle.  Muslims in America are accused of not speaking up.  Muslims in America do everything in their power to speak up - and they are either totally ignored, or accused of lying, or of not saying enough.  In some cases, not only are very strong Muslim statements ignored, but non-Muslims prepare their own statements concerning the identical subject which they then demand that Muslims sign, and when Muslims rightfully refuse to play this ridiculous game, use the “fact” that the Muslims refused to sign their statement as proof that Muslims are not really “moderate”.  The “red herring” called the Freedom Pledge Against Punishment for Apostasy is just one such example of this devious and malicious game. American Muslims had already issued a Freedom of Faith Statement to which there were 100+ initiating signatories.  The full statement along with supporting information can be seen here, and the list of signatories can be found here.  What possible reason would we have to sign on to something else prepared by people with a bias against Islam and Muslims?  Although such professional Islamophobes seem to be the people that are called on by the media to explain Islam and Muslims, and after carefully noting all of their lies and distortions, actual Muslims are then called upon to defend themselves against their vicious slanders of our faith.

If it is even marginally acknowledged that Muslims did speak up, then what they said is called “just empty words” and they are asked to physically do something to stop any criminal action to prove that they “really mean it”.  Really!  Isn’t that the job of the government and law enforcement?  As a private citizen it is my responsibility to report anything suspicious I might become aware of - but criminals are not likely to speak openly in front of anyone they don’t believe to be sympathetic to their cause.  Are these people really suggesting that the Muslim community become a vigilante group and set up some sort of an armed militia to go out and hunt down suspected criminals?  Should Mexican Americans and Columbian Americans do the same and solve the problem of the drug cartels?  Should Italian Americans be responsible for going after the mafia?

What is most striking is that this demonization of our entire community, and attempt to marginalize us is being participated in by even some of our elected representatives.  Much of what they have said, including raising the possibility that Islam is not really a religion and might not be covered under the first amendment of the Constitution ought to concern all Americans. 

Ordinary, every day Muslims are becoming frustrated with this impossible situation, and exhausted by the constant demand that we “prove” our loyalty and distance ourselves from whatever is the current issue.  We are not the enemy.  We are Americans, part of “we the people”.  Most of us were born here.  We were not responsible for 9/11.  In fact, 9/11 happened to us all, and Muslims died that day along with all the other innocent victims.  We are not collectively responsible for every criminal act of any Muslim on earth.  Islam is not the enemy, and when you attack the religion of Islam you are not hurting groups like al Qaeda (actually you are giving them a propoganda windfall to drum up more recruits), you are hurting ordinary Muslims. 

Here are just a few comments showing the level of our frustration.  You can read many more here.

I cannot recall the times I have atoned for my brother’s sins. Nor can I recall the occasions I have categorically dissociated, denounced and condemned all acts of terror by any one individual or group anywhere on earth. Yes, this unfair demand haunts my very soul, chokes my every breath rendering my voice unrecognizable or audible. But, it is a documented fact that I have raised my voice along with the great majority of fellow American Muslims. But as happens to the tree that falls in the forest, our voices have had no listening ears.    ...  I Aref Assaf, who sees himself as a Moderate Muslim, hereby say to my fellow moderate Americans: “I am sorry, I am truly remorseful for the crimes wrought unto you by extremist Muslims.” But and like you, I was and have continued to be a victim of the terror plague. Would you at least recognize the lost lives of fellow American Muslims who also perished in the rubble of the World trade Center? Furthermore, is it condescending, immaterial, or otherwise, irrelevant to tell you, that around the world, more innocent Muslims were the victims of “Islamist terrorism” than Jews, Christians combined. The recognitions of this reality I hope will prod you to accept me as also the victim of terrorism not its cause. And misery loves company.  Dr. Arref Assaf

Yeah? Well, I am a Muslim and I’m happy to shove it down your throat. I’m not a weak, oppressed woman who needs to be saved by the Western savior. I’m a Muslim and I didn’t commit the Sept. 11 hijackings and I won’t apologize for them. Muslims everywhere are under constant threat of being killed in the name of terrorism and civil war, while Americans are rarely attacked on U.S. soil. We are not terrorists or apologists. We’re normal, ordinary people who just want to be left alone and live our lives and have the freedom of religion to quietly practice (or reject) Islam.  We’re American, we’re Muslim, and we’re not leaving.  ...  I feel more hated today for being Muslim than I did almost 10 years ago. This recent wave of Islamophobia has nothing to do with religion or ideology, as some bigots claim. It’s pure racism, plain and simple. Muslims and non-Muslims have been lumped together in one group. Arab Christians, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, South Asians such as Hindus, Sikhs, and Indian Christians, along with Turks, Southeast Asians, Africans and African-Americans, and others who are brown or look “Arab,” have been targeted in racist incidents. I don’t have a problem with people attacking Islam as an ideology, but I’ll condemn them for their anti-Muslim racism. Sabina England

“We have nothing to apologize for, we have nothing to fear, we have nothing to be ashamed of, we have nothing that we’re guilty of — but we need to be out there and we need to express this.” Imam Mohammed Ibn Faqih

American Muslims are making authentic efforts to interweave their religious beliefs with American culture, but these efforts are undermined by broad-brush portrayals of all Muslims as either incapable of rational discourse or, worse, nothing more than the enemy. We cannot take our equal station alongside our fellow Americans in this country that we too cherish as long as the otherizing process holds sway. Asma T. Uddin

The fact that these “news stories” and articles are simply wrong doesn’t change the fact that they are “out there” and that they will be read and believed by many of the same folks who believe the supermarket tabloids.  They will be forwarded or passed on, and commented on, and the stories will grow and more and more people will accept them as “facts”.  I would hope that not only Muslims would be concerned with the dangers in this sort of stereotyping and dehumanizing of any segment of our population.  Here is a link to a collection of English translations of Nazi Propaganda: 1933-1945.  Exactly how is this different?    What is most frustrating is that each and every claim that is raised and answered will be raised again, and answers demanded again.  As a proud American, and a proud Muslim, I am becoming very frustrated that there is a request from someone in my mail each day asking for information to respond to some claim that seems to have more lives than a cat.  Sheila Musaji

What is it exactly then that America wants from its fellow citizens who happen to face Mecca when praying?  ...  The only standing argument that the Park 51 community center shouldn’t continue as planned is the one which posits that American Muslims should accept that they, by simple virtue of their faith commitment, inherently share company with the perpetuators of international terrorism. It is a patently absurd argument that every American, regardless of their religious confession, must reject outright. If they don’t, they in effect, are demanding that American Muslims accept second class citizenship. Abbas Barzegar

Will America be America to its Muslim inhabitants? I have no doubt.
Will any of the members of the hate machine against Muslims one day have a change of heart and seek our forgiveness? I believe in God, so I believe in miracles. Will Muslims forgive?  I begin my spiritual preparation for that possibility now.  Eboo Patel

Talat Hamdani, whose son was killed on 9/11 has written an article This is my son’s America, too  in which she says in part

I am, as much as anyone else in America, acutely aware of the need to prevent future attacks. My American Muslim son Salman Hamdani was among the nearly 3,000 Americans of diverse ethnicities, faiths and political perspectives who died in those terrorist attacks.

Salman was a paramedic and a New York Police Department cadet who died trying to save his fellow Americans. He did not stop to think about the faith of the people he was trying to rescue. Instead, like scores of other first responders, he acted to save them. Despite his noble instincts, the tabloid media initially suggested that because of his Pakistani-American heritage, he might have been involved with the attacks.

My grief was compounded by the suspicions that clouded Salman’s name and the suggestion that his faith—my faith—not the acts of 19 murderers, was somehow responsible.

Now, nearly a decade later, the American Muslim community has been singled out for scrutiny by Rep. King on the flimsy theory that American Muslims do not cooperate with law enforcement. This perspective is disputed by law enforcement and counter-terrorism experts ranging from the sheriff of Los Angeles County to the former director of transnational threats at the National Security Council.

...  Make no mistake: As a mother who lost a son, I am aware of the need to ensure that our country is secure, that an event like 9/11 never happens again, and that other mothers do not have to bury their sons. And I understand that it is the job of our elected officials to ensure that we are safe. But I reject the notion that it is mainly Muslims in America who pose a threat to our security. Domestic terrorism stalked America before 9/11, and it continues to come in all forms.

That is why I support the call from Rep. King’s fellow congressmen and a coalition of Muslim, civil rights and interfaith groups to expand the hearings to include a consideration of extremists of all kinds, not just those who are Muslim.


Please read this article Rep. King, and also read the comments to this article in order to understand where this constant demonization of our community leads.  Here are just a few of these comments for which the writers should be ashamed It is now time to deport all Muslims and their naturalized children back to their country of origin. That includes all Muslim converts. The one way ticket will be money well spent.  -  So, inform the Muslim community to take a stronger stand against the Jihadist and show they are with peace and freedom for all.  -  This woman should be considered a terrorist in her own right. Not once has she, or any other moslem, condemned the 9/11 attacks. She even seems to support them despite the loss of her son; as she blames America, not the terrorists. The objective and clear truth is that it IS moslems that are the main threat to America, and the rest of the world.

UPDATE 3/9/2011 

The hearings begin tomorrow, Thursday at 9:30 A.M. You can watch it live on C-Span, catch the webcast HERE.  In addition to the initial witness list we also have a final title for this hearing “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.”  The initial witnesses are:  L.A. County sheriff Lee Baca, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Melvin Bledsoe, Abdirizak Bihi,  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.).  (More above under WITNESSES)

UPDATE 3/11/2011

The first held yesterday.  A summary of the hearing and of anti-Muslim quotes by elected representatives both in and out of the hearing here - quotes from elected representatives and government officials attempting to counter the hearings bias here - King’s Hearings What Was the Point? here - Response of Civic Organizatiions and Interfaith Community to “Muslim Radicalization” Hearings here



NOTE:  We have had as part of our Muslim Voices against Terrorism and Extremism resources a section on responses to Islamophobia.  This was in five parts:  - Responses to Claims Made ABOUT Islam and Muslims in General - Responses to Claims Made ABOUT Qur’an Verses, Arabic Terms, Prophet Muhammad - Responses to False Claims ABOUT Muslim Individuals & Organizations & Incidents Involving Muslims - Responses to Actual Extremist Statements & Incidents of Extremism or violence BY Muslims - Responses to Claims Made BY Specific Individuals and Organizations About Muslims.  Because of a restriction in the possible length of articles, we were unable to organize these in a more user-friendly manner.  Our webmaster has now resolved this problem, and we have combined all these five sections into one section.  The entries are alphabetical, and it should now be much easier to locate a response to a particular issue, incident, or individual.  In order to keep load time down for our readers, this single resource will still be divided into two sections:  A to L, and M to Z.  Sheila Musaji 3/5/2010.


- ALARMING STATEMENTS Note, previously divided by year and now consolidated into one collection
- Alarming statements by elected officials and political organizations
- Claim That All Terrorists are Muslims Ignores History (sections on Christian extremism and terrorism and Jewish extremism and terrorism were divided 4/08)
- INCIDENTS OF ISLAMOPHOBIA - Prejudice, Racist, or Violent Incidents at MOSQUES   - Incidents, hate crimesTariq Ramadan incident - and Khalil Gibran Academy incident and Obsession film incident - Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week incident
- Islamophobia: Real or imagined
- MEDIA, Propaganda & Perception
- Polls, statistics, and surveys relating to Islam and Muslims
- A Long History of Injustice Ignored 
(see also power point presentations)


A plan to radicalise Muslims, Ajmal Masroor
A Political Spectacle that Perpetuates Prejudice, Miroslav Volf

A spiritual jihad against terrorism, Sheila Musaji (5 parts)
A Time for Introspection: “The worst enemies of Islam are from within”,  Hamza Yusuf
Abuse of Language Threatens American Freedoms, James Zogby
The Amman Initiative: A Theological Counter-Attack Against Terrorism, S. Abdallah Schleifer
Attitudes of Ignorance, Parvez Ahmed
American Muslim Leaders Probe Problem Of Disaffected Youths
The American Muslim receives positive mention in HSPI Report on Countering Internet Radicalization, Sheila Musaji
American Muslims and “Integration”, Parvez Ahmed 
American Muslims Have A Special Obligation, Ingrid Mattson, 
American Muslims must defend the Constitution of the United States, Sheila Musaji (includes many quotes by individuals who do not understand the Constitution)
American Muslims Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Hassan Zillur Rahim,
American Political Scene and American Muslims
American Suspicion Of Muslims Grows: Interview with Zareena Grewal
America’s Crucial Choice: Religious Division Or Unity, Eboo Patel
America’s Ideals Are Being Challenged By Cordoba House Controversy, Sheila Musaji
America’s new McCarthy, Seema Jilani
America’s promise meant for everyone, Eboo Patel
America’s Two Muslim Congressmen Cogitate on the New York Mosque and the State of Islam in the U.S.
America’s “Good Muslims” Are Being Left Out to Dry , Abbas Barzegar
Answering Questions from American Muslims, Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shaykh Ali Gomaa
Archbishop Dolan, Please Call Rep. Peter King 
Are American Muslims “The Enemy Within?”, Sheila Musaji
Between Nation and Umma: Muslim Loyalty in a Globalizing World, Yahya Birt 
Beyond the Condemnation of Terrorism, Louay Safi
Bigotry of Peter King, Peter Beinart
Blaming Islam:  Examining the Religion Building Enterprise, Louay Safi
Bridging the Atlantic divide between Muslims, Jalees Rehman
British Muslims Speak Out About Loudmouths in Their Midst
The broad brush of anti-Muslim mania, Tony Norman
Can non-Muslims be terrorists?, Adam Serwer
Can there be a discussion on Islam thats not STUPID???, Farish A Noor
Case for an American Muslim Identity, Muqtedar Khan
Challenge of Leadership Facing the American Muslim Community, Anisa Abd el Fattah,
Civil rights and the Patriot Act, TAM article collection
Confronting Online Radicalization of Muslim Youth, Shahed Amanullah
Congressional hearings on Muslim extremists stand to divide Americans, Victor Ghaleb Begg
Counterterrorism Experts Reject Peter King’s Targeting of Muslims
The danger of a Muslim witch hunt, David Gushee
Dean Rejects Gingrich’s ‘Radical Islam’ Fearmongering: ‘Radical Anything Is What’s Bad’
Democracy and Islam, TAM article collection
Dept. of Homeland Security Urges Caution With Words 
Fight over Islam, Ben Smith
Flailing after Muslims, Bob Herbert
The Founding Fathers and Islam, James Hutson
Freedom as Ideology and Counterfeit Coinage: Why We Must Attend to the Meaning of Words, Jeremy henzell-Thomas
Great Islamophobic Crusade, Max Blumenthal
Hearings on Muslims trigger panic, William Wan
Hirabah versus Jihad, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Home-grown imams fight home-grown extremism, Aftab Ahmad Malik
Homegrown Radicals: Complacency is not an Option, Parvez Ahmed
How Did This Guy Become a Homeland Security Overlord? The Curious Career of Peter King, William Norman Grigg
IRA terror victim speaks out against Peter King, Justin Elliott
IRA Rep. King and the IRA: The End of an Extraordinary Affair?, Ed Moloney
Is there such a thing as religious terrorism?, Sheila Musaji
Islam: Religion or Ideology?, Imam Zaid Shakir
Islamic Fascists?  Deceptive Labels & Propoganda are Counterproductive, Sheila Musaji
Islamic or Muslim Terrorism and Extremism:  Are they all Contradictions in Terms?, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas
‘Islamic terrorism’ an insult that distorts reality, Jimmy E. Jones
Islamophobia and Arabophobia: Laying The Groundwork - Us vs. Them, Sheila Musaji
Islamophobia Can Create Radicalization, James Zogby
Islamophobia:  Real or Imagined, (TAM article collection) Sheila Musaji 
Islam-bashing undermines U.S. domestic counterterror efforts, David Shanzer
Peter King can do some real damage with congressional Muslim hearings, Corey Saylor
The King Has No Clothes: Attacking Muslims is Dumb Way to Fight Terrorism
The King hearing on “Muslim radicalization” and moral clarity on terrorism, Hussein Ibish
King Hearings Are Inconsistent With First Amendment Values, Kate Martin
Peter King only cares about Muslim extremists
Peter King, The ‘Hero’ of the War on Terror, (Vale of Tears novel) Michelle Goldberg
Peter King: Scholar of Islam, Jeffrey Goldberg
Peter King’s Falsehoods (lies) about Islam, the VIDEO
Peter King’s hearings: Islamophobia draped in the American flag, John Esposito
Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization: Fuel for the bigots, Richard Cohen 
Peter King’s Muslim hearings, Eboo Patel
Peter King’s strange journey from Irish radical to Muslim inquisitor, Niall O’Dowd——i-no-longer-recognize-the-politician-i-have-known-for-25-years-117570083.html
Rep. King’s Terrorism Problem: Rep. King Unfit to Chair Inquiry, Amnesty International
Peter King: I Won’t Widen Hearings To Include Non-Muslim Extremism, Rachel Slajda
King of political theater, William Fisher
Representative King’s hearing on “Muslim Radicalization” misguided and counterproductive, Raha Wala
Peter King’s terror hearing test: If he’s his old demagogic self, radicalism inquiry will backfire, Bill Hammond
Peter King’s terrorism problem, Tim Murphy
Language and war in the Middle East, Ali Alarabi
Language and the Politics of the Living Dead, Henry A. Giroux
Leadership in American Muslim Community, TAM article collection
Monitoring America, Dana Priest & William Arkin
Muslim-Americans Reflect On ‘Radicalization’ VIDEO
Muslim leaders available for comment on NYPD report on homegrown threat of radicalization, MPAC
Muslims to Be Congressional Hearings’ Main Focus, Laurie Goodstein
The Myth of Homegrown Islamic Terrorism, Romesh Ratnesar,8599,2044047,00.html#ixzz1C9FYY61A
“NETworked Radicalization: A Counter-Strategy”, HSPI report
New Frontiers in Conflict Management: A Grand Strategy to Wage Jihad Against Terrorist Muslims, Dr. Robert D. Crane
The new rhetoric of Islamophobia, M.J. Rosenberg
NYPD Report at Odds with Federal Law Enforcement
Obama Administration Official Ignores Non-Muslim Terrorists, Eric Love
Open Letter to Congressman Peter King, Frank Fredericks
The Paranoid and Abhorrent Obsession with Muslims in the Media, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas
Partnership not profiling, Alejandro J. Beutel
Daniel Pipes Strange Understanding of Radical Religious Ideological Movements, Sheila Musaji
Putting Islam on the Stand Is Wrong and Misguided, Joshua Stanton
“Radicalism is the realization of marginalization”, Wajahat Ali
Radicalization of the American Muslim community, Lawrence Davidson
Radicalization o Peter King, Tim Murphy
The radicals in Congress, Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Reckoning with Radical Islam, Lee Hamilton
Religious Authority, Extremism, and the Amman Message, H.A. Hellyer
Response to Stephen Schwartz’ article Scientific Training and Radical Islam, Abdul Cader Asmal
Should Muslim Americans Be Afraid?, Sheila Musaji
Stoking irrational fears about Islam, Eugene Robinson
Strengthening America’s Security Identifying, Preventing and Responding to Domestic Terrorism,  Center for American Progress
Terrorism American style
Terrorism double standards, Sean Ryan
Terrorism, Jihad, and the Struggle for New Understandings, Dr. Antony T. Sullivan
Terrorism:  It’s Not Jihad, It’s Unholy Hirabah, Jim Guirard
Terrorism policy flaws ‘increased risk of attacks’, says former police chief, Vikram Dodd
Thank God Someone Is Listening to Us - Terrorism Is Not Jihad, Sheila Musaji
Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
VIDEO:  Tackling Extremism, Hamza Yusuf
The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act Undermines Freedom, Sheila Musaji
War on Terror Rhetoric Sounds Like a War on Islam, Parvez Ahmed
What if Jared Loughner were a Muslim?, Dean Obeidallah
What Islamophobia really threatens, Mark Benjamin
When in doubt call if Jihad, Svend White
When Language Grows Darker and Darker, Joan Chittister
Will Islamophobes Be Allowed to Obtain Their Ultimate Goal?, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal
Winning the War of Ideas, Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Why Muslims have so little clout, Ben Smith
You Say Jihadi, I Say Extremist, Zahed Amanullah
Zombie Lie: Right Still Clinging To Decade-Old Fabrication About Radicalized Mosques


These will be collected HERE