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Posted at 8:03 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Peter King's hearing on Islamic radicalization

By Felicia Sonmez

Starting at 9:30 a.m., we'll be live-blogging House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King's (R-N.Y.) hearing on "the extent of radicalization of American Muslims." The hearing will feature six witnesses, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim American elected to Congress, and relatives of young American Muslims who became violently radicalized.

King's hearing has drawn fire from critics who view it as a "public exercise in Islamophobia." Proponents of the hearing, meanwhile, say that it's appropriate for the Homeland Security Committee to investigate the roots of radicalization. Also at issue is King's past defense of the Irish Republican Army, which at times used terrorist tactics in combating British rule in Northern Ireland.

Join us here at 9:30 a.m. for live video and coverage. If you have any questions or thoughts, as always, the comments section awaits. In the meantime, check out some of The Post's recent coverage related to the hearing.

More coverage from PostPolitics:

- The King hearings: The witness list
- King's past views on IRA draw ire
- King takes to CNN show to defend hearings
- Japanese Americans: Radical Islam hearings 'sinister'
- Cantor defends King hearings on radical Islam
- Crowds rally in NYC on the weekend before the King hearings
- White House praises Muslims ahead of hearings

By Felicia Sonmez  | March 10, 2011; 8:03 AM ET
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The fascist Tea Party is destroying this country that I love.


Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 10, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

If we are going to look at the Muslim, how about the Christian Churches killing doctors? The money spent to patrol these protest, and the trails afterward.
Do they still get a exempt tax for doing this? Making money?
Abortion after the fact by parents, torturing, killing and raping babies?
Might as well do the whole thing, just remember Muslim is the biggest religion in the world.
A Christian Church is only as good as their members. They are not Saints as they think they are! Why do they feel they have to get membership, not all people feel they are Saints!

Posted by: carrollwaynewallace | March 10, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If Congress wishes to investigate the roots of radicalism, than it should shift its focus more widely. Radicalism can appear across the spectrum of religious and political ideologies. Regardless of the backdrop, groups/individuals that have become radicalized all have a similar trait - the willingess to use violence to achieve their goals regardless of damage caused or loss of life. Trageting a single group is without merit and undermines the principles this country was built upon.

@carrollwaynewallace - Muslim isn't a religion/faith. A Muslim is someone who practices/ is an adherent to Islam, i.e., Muslim isn't the largest faith... Islam is the largest faith, which actually it is not (note: Islam doesn't recognize conversions from only conversions to Islam). A more accurate assessment would be to state that the Abrahamic faiths comprise the largest relious base in the world (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahia). And please, please review your posts. Sadly yours sounds like the ramblings of a paranoid drug addict (aka Charlie Sheen). Exactly what were you trying to say?

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | March 10, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

King just gloated that his hearings "...broke down the wall of political correctness on an issue that has to be addressed."

We won't hold our breath, however, for King to "break down the wall of political correctness on the issue" of felony child sexual abuse by an inordinate percentage of priests in Philadelphia accompanied by his Church's international organized criminal racketeering by protecting these sexual terrorists against civil prosecution.

Posted by: areyousaying | March 10, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"Why has no Mulim leader spoken out about what happened in Minneapolis?" - King

Why has no Baptist leader spoken out about Fred Phelps?

Why has no Catholic leader spoken out about what happened in Philadelphia?

Posted by: areyousaying | March 10, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to me that the liberal media and talking heads are so afraid of investigating the problem of Islamic Radicalization. It is not a small problem and it is worldwide. Liberals always throw in isolated incidences of fringe quasi-Christian groups, or bring up the Old Testament, which are examples taken out of context, and on such a small scale as to be statistically irrelevant, to show that the real problem is not with Islam, but with Christianity. I'm sure Daniel Pearl thought Islamists were reasonable people until his abrupt end. If you read Dinesh D'Souza's book "The Enemy Within" you will find out what is motivating the Radical Muslims. But Islam is not a religion. That is only the tip of the iceberg. It is a fully formed political ideology called Sharia Law. They do not want freedom in the western sense, and abhor women's rights, gay rights, abortion; all the things liberals hold so dear. Sure, they don't like Christians, but they respect (to some limited degree) the Abrahamic religions, unless you live in Israel, then of course they feel Israel has stolen their land.But it you look at history, you will find Judaism predates Islam by thousands of years, but that minor detail is forgotten. If you want the truth talk to someone who has lived. One excellent source is Brigitte Gabriel (

Posted by: ClearMinded | March 10, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with having these proceedings. There is obviously a problem and we need to take a look at it.

Posted by: Jsuf | March 10, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: nabi18 | March 10, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Plato thousands of years ago gave humanity some good advice for harmonious societies delete text purported to be from Gods which informs evil action.

Everyone of us base our lives on less than perfect text. To target one without the other is rather hypocritical.

It should be about all text which vilifies other Religious or Secular not persons.

The fact is Muslims are already radicalized the reason being from the Islamic texts Quran foundation chapter "THE COW" onwards vilification of and justification of 'grevious harm' against other is the main theme.

This is why terrorists are good boys and girls coming from good Muslim families. It is that simple.

The radical Muslim clerics are not triggering anything they are simply providing the opportunity. The trigger has already been created by the basic Islamic text which forms all Muslims.

The fact all Muslims do not act on it is irrelevant for as we see enough Muslims do from generation to generation to perpetuate the terror against other.

If you read the Quran - only Chapter "THE COW" which sets up the framework by which the Islamic text will be challenged, vilifies the perpetrators sets them as less and then informs the remedy 'grevious harm' with the ultimate authority God authorizing all within, given this is an old recipe for genocide against other and the terror we clearly are experiencing would it not be rational to be rightfully concerned?

Also more importantly as we are all formed by textual constructs such as the Islamic text, there may just exist evil text informing evil action and we should seek it out be it secular or religious so we can change the future for humanity?

Change the text forming our new citizen’s change the outcomes otherwise more of the same.

This means not just looking at Islamic text but other texts within our communities which are used to form new citizens and accept the fact finally ‘Freedom of Religion’ has been a curse on society because we are not able to easily challenge such Religious text which generates real evil against other without being erroneously labeled and censured.

Posted by: markjuliansmith1 | March 10, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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