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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Rep. Eric Cantor defends Rep. Peter King's hearings on radical Islam

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated, 4:25 p.m.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday backed House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King's (R-N.Y.) planned hearing on Islamic radicalism, chiding the press for having "become sort of fascinated" with it.

"The purpose [of the hearing] is, if you ask Chairman King, to try and assess how we can better work with the Muslim community in America to stop the spread of radical Islam," Cantor said at his weekly roundtable with reporters. "We have seen the Fort Hood incident that occurred; we have seen other evidence in America about the spread of radical Islam; if you look internationally, and certainly in the Middle East, I have said before in this room to you that our priority should be to stop the spread of radical Islam. That is in the security interests of the United States."

King's hearing, planned for Thursday morning, will examine "the extent of the radicalization of American Muslims." The hearing has drawn fire from critics who charge that it scapegoats Muslim Americans and is a "public exercise in Islamophobia." Proponents of the hearing say that it is appropriate for the Homeland Security Committee to investigate the roots of radicalization.

Six witnesses are slated to testify at the hearing, including Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim-American elected to Congress, and relatives of young American Muslims who became violently radicalized.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released a statement Tuesday saying that he is "deeply concerned" about the hearing.

"I take the threat of terrorism very seriously, and no one is more committed to hunting down terrorists and bringing them to justice, wherever they live, than I am," Reid said. "But I am deeply concerned about these hearings, which demonize law-abiding American Muslims who make important contributions to our society, as I would be about Congressional hearings to investigate Catholics, Jews or people of any other faith based solely on their religion."

Reid urged that any conversation on domestic terrorism be "a collective one, not one that divides us based on religion."

Cantor was peppered with questions about the hearing on Tuesday. Asked whether he had any doubts about King's credibility, Cantor dismissed the question outright.

"I don't think there's any question about his credibility. ... We have got demonstrable occurrences in this country that show we've got a risk of the spread of radical Islam. That's not within the security interests of the United States and its citizens; it's something that we really want to work with folks to see if we can stop," he said.

Asked about his expectations for the hearing and the controversy surrounding it, Cantor responded, "Really, it's one hearing out of many that he's having. I think you here in this room have sort of become fascinated with this hearing. And I would say to you it's pretty obvious where some of the problems have been in terms of terrorist activity."

Asked again to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the hearing, Cantor said that "people are free to react the way they want."

"What I can tell you is I believe that we in this country are threatened by the spread of radical Islam, both abroad and at home," he said.

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It would be refreshing for once for a republican to call other republicans on the carpet when they're completely out of line.
Apparently Eric Cantor isn't that guy.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | March 8, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

You can't put lipstick on a pig. The GOP is going back to the McCarthy era and demagoguing an entire group solely on the basis of the religious affiliation of its members. It is so hypocritical of Rep. King to have these hearings when he approved of the the terrorist bombings of the Irish Republican Army while they were occurring.

Posted by: flwood2341 | March 8, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the Nazis have hearings about Jews, before they shipped them off? Guess Cantor forgot he is a jew.....

Posted by: nowhine | March 8, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

This seems in line with Cantor's earlier supplication, er, one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel letting him know the House GOP has got the Likud's back. Birds of a feather. Pathetic.

Posted by: SageThrasher | March 8, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Being jewish himself, Eric Cantor obviously has no problem with Peter King's impending persecution of American Muslims. Shameful.

Posted by: dsrobins | March 8, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

well I can see the muslim radical apologists are out in force today. perhaps they are afraid of the these hearing will reveal... perhaps links of terrorism to members of this government ? let the hearing happen. But then Democrats are never interested in knowing the truth about anything.

Posted by: upgp2005 | March 8, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I LOL'd at "I can see the muslim radical apologists are out in force today." Just one ad hominem attack after another in that paragraph. Move along folks, nothing to see here. It's not possible to do anything politically useful in America without one side or the other calling for your resignation or accusing you of giving succor to the enemy, so one thing I can say with certainty is that nothing will come of Rep. King's hearing. Certainly not "the truth about anything", as upgp2005 believes the hearing might reveal.

Posted by: obeah | March 8, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

well I can see the muslim radical apologists are out in force today. perhaps they are afraid of the these hearing will reveal... perhaps links of terrorism to members of this government ? let the hearing happen. But then Democrats are never interested in knowing the truth about anything.

Posted by: upgp2005 | March 8, 2011 5:38 PM
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So what will the hearings reveal? That some Muslims are terrorists? Some Christians are terrorists, as are some Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs. And you or Peter King want to fight terrorism, well, the Army's got a job for you in Afghanistan. Have at it.

Posted by: Bob22003 | March 8, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of this rear end too

Posted by: walkman1956 | March 8, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Since Timothy McVeigh is a caucasian male I think there should be a congressional committee to investigate and root out caucasian male terrorists, too.

Posted by: jurman | March 8, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So well known Islamaphobe and chickenhawk Peter King (who cowardly avoided service overseas in Vietnam) is about to hold congressional hearings on "Islam's role in homegrown terrorism."?


Either he doesn't trust the FBI and CIA to do their job, or he is using this issue as an excuse to persecute a religious minority. I'm guessing it is the latter.


I hope every single Muslim witness brings up the IRA and Kings' support of the Irish to the a-holes face, and prefaces the answer to EVERY question he poses with, "unlike so many Irish Americans and their support of the terrorist IRA, American Muslims ...."

Posted by: DrainYou | March 8, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

What shall it be? Pogrom? "Final Solution"? Jihad? Witch Trial? Internment? Ethnic Cleansing? Crusade? Inquisition? All great traditions consistent with Tea Party appraoch.

Posted by: frodot | March 8, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Peter King has been accused of past support of the Irish Republican Army. He's now showing full support for and membership in the Insensitive Republican Army whose makeup might be described of everyman a King--no, not Huey Long's share the wealth slogan but instead hypocritically grandstanding like Pete and Steve King.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | March 8, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

If you post on this not in line with persecuting Muslims. You will be targeted as a Muslim sympathizer and will be taken to the camps for your own safety and that of the republic. Heil GOP!

Posted by: dorklord | March 8, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The Inquisition, what a show!

The Inquisition, here we go!

What strategy by King, nobody expects the Inquisition...

Posted by: bromisky | March 8, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

According to Peter King the children of Omagh were legitimate military targets. He also helped Qadafi's gun runners. All you need to know about Cantor is that he was young enough to enlist on September 12, 2001 and that Halachah required Jews to defend their country when under attack.

Posted by: williamwertman | March 8, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Title: Speech on Muslims in the State Department
Author: Peter King
Year Published: 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, can there be anyone here tonight who is so blind as to say that the war is not on? Can there be anyone who fails to realize that the Muslim world has said, "The time is now" -- that this is the time for the showdown between the democratic Christian world and the Radical Muslim world? Unless we face this fact, we shall pay the price that must be paid by those who wait too long.

At the Cold War's end we were physically the strongest nation on Earth and, at least potentially, the most powerful intellectually and morally. Ours could have been the honor of being a beacon in the desert of destruction, a shining, living proof that civilization was not yet ready to destroy itself. Unfortunately, we have failed miserably and tragically to arise to the opportunity.

The reason why we find ourselves in a position of impotency is not because our only powerful, potential enemy has sent men to invade our shores, but rather because of the traitorous actions of those who have been treated so well by this nation. It has not been the less fortunate or members of minority groups who have been selling this nation out, but rather those who have had all the benefits that the wealthiest nation on earth has had to offer -- the finest homes, the finest college education, and the finest jobs in government we can give.

This is glaringly true in the State Department. There the bright young men who are born with silver spoons in their mouths are the ones who have been worst.

I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card-carrying members of Al-Quaida or certainly loyal to Radical Islam, but who nevertheless are still helping to shape our foreign policy.

One thing to remember in discussing the Muslims in our government is that we are not dealing with spies who get 30 pieces of silver to steal the blueprints of new weapons. We are dealing with a far more sinister type of activity because it permits the enemy to guide and shape our policy.

Posted by: watchmaker | March 8, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Rep. King is in his right whoever he wants we lected him for that he is more knowledgebale than Mr. Cohen and Mr Robinson who wrote on the subject in today's Post.
Mr King is a great Republican who loves America he was easily elected and he represents US citizens and their opinions.
I think that Mr. Robinson and Cohen are afraid that the next communities to be investigated are the Black Muslim community and the Jewish one. But I do not see why they fear that: if they did nothing wrong against USA they are OK otherwise I agree to hve hearings about all non-wasp communities who didn't participated in the building of the Greatness of USA (including latinos who now threaten our borders security...I think that all these drug and crime-prone latino community have to be closely checked they are changing the very nature of our country...see how the behave in Mexico, Guatemala, Salvador etc... a bunch of bloody killers, it's about time to send them back behind the Rio Grande).
Otherwise I do not see why we the American White Christian Protestant majority who built the Greatest Country in history of mankind are not entitled to conduct inquiries against anyone in the world. And those who desagree have to show their credentials: because unless something changed in the World I do not see any community that could challenge the achievements and values and principles of USA. This gives us responsabilities and rights to steward the World and any alien and/or native non white-christian communities in USA. Our country and our system were built by God fearing protestant anglo-saxons and are the climax of human history. All non Wasps just took advantage of our achievements and our need of manpower to run our economy. In fact our real problem is just demography: when we the Wasps stopped having large families; otherwise we could have been able to deport all these newcomers that are flooding our country since the mid-50's.
A faithfull evangelist.
God bless America.

Posted by: eddy3 | March 8, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Rep. King is in his right whoever he wants we lected him for that he is more knowledgebale than Mr. Cohen and Mr Robinson who wrote on the subject in today's Post.
Mr King is a great Republican who loves America he was easily elected and he represents US citizens and their opinions.
I think that Mr. Robinson and Cohen are afraid that the next communities to be investigated are the Black Muslim community and the Jewish one. But I do not see why they fear that: if they did nothing wrong against USA they are OK otherwise I agree to hve hearings about all non-wasp communities who didn't participated in the building of the Greatness of USA (including latinos who now threaten our borders security...I think that all these drug and crime-prone latino community have to be closely checked they are changing the very nature of our country...see how the behave in Mexico, Guatemala, Salvador etc... a bunch of bloody killers, it's about time to send them back behind the Rio Grande).
Otherwise I do not see why we the American White Christian Protestant majority who built the Greatest Country in history of mankind are not entitled to conduct inquiries against anyone in the world. And those who desagree have to show their credentials: because unless something changed in the World I do not see any community that could challenge the achievements and values and principles of USA. This gives us responsabilities and rights to steward the World and any alien and/or native non white-christian communities in USA. Our country and our system were built by God fearing protestant anglo-saxons and are the climax of human history. All non Wasps just took advantage of our achievements and our need of manpower to run our economy. In fact our real problem is just demography: when we the Wasps stopped having large families; otherwise we could have been able to deport all these newcomers that are flooding our country since the mid-50's.
A faithfull evangelist.
God bless America.

Posted by: eddy3 | March 8, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

eddy3 you are a good boy and highly intelligent. Please sign up at our headquarters and we will train you to protect the fatherland and exterminate those who will not abide by the patriotic duties of ridding this nation of this pestilence.

Posted by: dorklord | March 8, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Radical Muslims are terrorists. Those persons who are opposed to related hearings are aiding and abetting violent enemies of free speech, freedom of religion, separation of church and state, and government under our Constitution. "Moderate" Muslims who support their radical brothers are not moderates. Muhammad was a pedophile and mass murderer. No person can be both a "good" Muslim AND a "good" American. The two value systems are not compatible. If hating pedophiles and mass murderers is not part of an individual's value system, it should be. Muslims hold Muhammad in very high regard. Ergo, they do not hate at least ONE pedophile and mass murderer.
Muslims do not belong in the United States.

Posted by: pleaselist | March 8, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

pleaselist-

“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
~Adolph Hitler

Follow us and we will liberate you!

Posted by: dorklord | March 8, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Go for it King. While you are at it invite anti-Jihadists Robert Spencer and Mark Steyn to speak. Or Geert Wilders from the Netherlands or Noni Darwish or so many others who could brilliantly spell out the threat of Islam.

Posted by: shewholives | March 8, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

NY rep King stated that the Americans of Islamic faith are the only group that are presently being recruited by foreign forces, unlike your traditional homegrown terrorist like right wing extremist, which include the Klan and skin heads, who have been here for quit some time. His matter of fact tone implied that the terror we know is better than the terror we do not know. If king truly wanted to be the Terrorist Emirate, he needs to address all homegrown terrorism. Terror is terror-- no matter the color of the skin of the terrorist, no matter what language the terrorist speaks, no matter what god or cause they evoked when carryout their deadly acts, their goal is to terrorize. If he truly wants to do a job, he may as well do it in its entirety. Otherwise, he will be viewed as being Biased and hypocritical, a politico who engaged in selective amnesia when he threw his full support by the once deemed terrorist group, the IRA—and now have found his McCarthyism mojo now that the perceived targets skin complex—and religion—are in contrast to his.

Posted by: malikskyy2 | March 8, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

My response to these hearings? Can anybody here spell Joe McCarthy?

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 8, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is the most revolting and senseless political figures in the US in the last 50 years. To try and politicize his counterparts in the House is nothing short of treachery. Reid should be drawn and quartered. The only thing Reid knows how to do is spend other peoples money on his Union thug friends. What a waste of oxygen...

On Rep. King, it would be lunacy, of the Dem kind, to not investigate Muslim extremists. If there is a concern he is making a some citizens second class, while he's investigating radical Islam, perhaps he should investigate Pedafile priests. Or Democrats.

Posted by: grcac | March 8, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Cantor & King = crackpots of a feather...

Posted by: Jerryvov | March 8, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Why not investigate "radicals". Why tie Islam with them!! On the other hand, you can say Moslem/Christian radicals, but not "radical Islam" or "radical Christianity".

Posted by: maghlouth | March 8, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank You Mr. Cantor.
Finally.

One Flag One Allegiance legislation would certainly clear up the voting booths and help sort out the allegianced US citizen from the frauds.

Posted by: dottydo | March 8, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps we should have a hearing on Jews given they continue spying on America,and lying about bullets found on a floor, and defending American Jews. Or perhaps we should have a hearing on Israel given that state takes in and hides Americans Jews accused of murder -- thus thwarting American justice.

Posted by: Freethotlib | March 8, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

peter king is a buffoon. Crimes and terrorist actions are already against the law. this absurd theatre can serve no worthwhile purpose. It will however, inflame those who already have a weak grasp of reality. For this incitement to hate and violence, mr peter king should be arrested and tried by a jury of Muslim Americans, citizens all.

The depths to which the GOP will stoop, knows no bounds. Lower than a maggot.

Posted by: right_as_rain | March 8, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Cantor defending King - one worthless Nazi defending another. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | March 8, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

As a good right-winger. Eric Cantor is all about the hate and fear.

The GOP and teabaggers haven't offered us anything else.

Well, there is that thing about no health care or jobs or social safety net or accountability with our war criminals and BIG BUSINESS profiteers.

And, oh yes, the tax-cut welfare program for the filthy rich and infamous.

Posted by: TaxTheRichNow | March 8, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Homeland security should keep their eye on the southern border. There are many places where one isn't safe in the U.S. 5 years ago, my spouse & I found ourselves in a tight spot in Puerto Rico. A group of Puerto Rican customers decided they should leave the ship first, the Captain disagreed, & the Puerto Ricans threatened to kill us. Security came onboard before it was safe for the non-Puerto Ricans to disembark. Also, it is not safe for non-Hispanics to live in south Texas near the border. It is not safe for whites to live in several parts of Philadelphia. etc. There are groups who hate anyone who is different from themselves. One group is known to turn that hate into acts of terrorism, that is Muslims.

Posted by: windmill3 | March 8, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey "eedy3" I guess this little tidbit about Rep King might blow your whole "know nothing" theory to shreds. Mr King was a product of Irish immigrants, is CATHOLIC, a graduate of St Frances College & the University of Notre Dame Law School. Next time you spew your venom please check the facts first. BTW, this is nothing new, in the 1840's and 50's your wonderful ancestors tried to demonize the Irish, in the 1870's they did the same to the Chinese, in the early 1900's they did the same to the Italians, during the WWI they actually lynched German Americans, of course Japanese Americans actually spent time in "camps" during WWII and of course the biggest insult of all was the enslavement of Africans and then when freed treated as if they were no better then animals. Yeah eddy3 your kind have a great track record.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | March 8, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

How about a hearing that focuses on radical Zionism in the Congress?

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | March 8, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse


Peter King has been designated as a potential Presidential assassin since at least the term of Ronald Reagan. In 1984, the Secret Service monitored his actions closely when President Reagan visited Nassau in connection with a Special Olympics event.

http://www.nysun.com/national/rep-king-and-the-ira-the-end-of-an-extraordinary/15853/

At an age when his political forebear Senator Joe McCarthy was serving the United States in the US Armed Forces (whether the "Tail Gunner Joe" story actually holds water), Peter King was under investigation by the United States Secret Service. He was also the organizer of sending US money to Ireland via his "Noraid"; money that went on to massacre innocent women and children with weapons obtained from Peter King's other big hero, Moammar Qaddafi.

The travesty is that having brought about much of what is euphemistically called "The Troubles" in Ireland, that Peter King is now bringing those "Troubles" here.

Peter King needs to be arrested, indicted, tried, convicted, imprisoned and executed with the traitor's death he so richly deserves.

Posted by: bloggersvilleusa | March 8, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

islam is arabic for animal hate. Mr. King is right to speak out against muslim intolerance and inbreb hatred.

Posted by: carlbatey | March 8, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Even by congressional standards of hypocrisy, Mr. rationalization of the IRA as a legitimate political movement and his condemnation of the "spread of radical Islam" sets a new standard. Why were there no calls for a investigation of the Radicalization of Irish Americans who funded terrorist activities by dropping dollars in the jar at the local pub. If according to Mr. King the English deserved what they got from the IRA; then with leaders like Mr. King, Americans may have have to face the day when...

Posted by: tianyisun | March 8, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

So well known Islamaphobe and chickenhawk Peter King (who cowardly avoided service overseas in Vietnam) is about to hold congressional hearings on "Islam's role in homegrown terrorism."?


Either he doesn't trust the FBI and CIA to do their job, or he is using this issue as an excuse to persecute a religious minority. I'm guessing it is the latter.


I hope every single Muslim witness brings up the IRA and Kings' support of the Irish to the a-holes face, and prefaces the answer to EVERY question he poses with, "unlike so many Irish Americans and their support of the terrorist IRA, American Muslims ...."


Posted by: DrainYou | March 8, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse


how many churches do the hate mongering muslims allow to be built in Arabia? Exactly.

Posted by: carlbatey | March 8, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"Fascinated" really isn't an honest description of the response to this hearing, is it Mr. Cantor? Alarmed is more like it, and rightly so.

Posted by: IndieOne | March 8, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here,Cantor is a Neocon Israel Firster. He will fight to the last American.

Posted by: alfa67 | March 8, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

KKK is recruiting Christians to commit act of terrorism: we should roundup all the leaders of the Christian communities in the US to discuss how to sabotage extremists' efforts.

Posted by: mercury1990 | March 8, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here,Cantor is a Neocon Israel Firster. He will fight to the last American.

Posted by: alfa67 | March 8, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

And these hearings help the economy and create jobs how, Mr. Cantor?

Posted by: PeterIII | March 8, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I have been equally upset about "kill Obama" statements coming out of the Republican campaign in 2008 as well as various signs at teaparty events. I guess people like Tim McVay do not exist ny longer in the USA. The people who are arming themselves to the hilt are not just Islamic extremists. Scratch the hills of Montana and other states and you'll find private armies being trained for the day to fight our government. Remember those 2nd amendment remedies that the Nevada candidate for US Senator talked about. The KKK still exists.

Posted by: EarlC | March 8, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

The FBI has constantly warned us of the great rise in rightwing hate groups here in America. They are capable of anything and will be aided by the actions of the radical rightwingnut King and the toady Cantor in their zeal to punish us
Americans for electing a black President.

Obama's election to our nation's highest office has exposed the Republican party and their uneducated, racist followers to the world. In fact the civilized world is appalled that we harbor such people.
I do not fear Americans of muslim faith but I do fear radical uneducated, racist Republicans.

Perhaps the hapless and worthless King and Cantor will take the time to hold hearings on the many many white supremacist hate groups they have fostered and encouraged.

It is amazing how one very well educated and decent black man could arouse such inbred hatred withing an entire group of people who claim to be "christians", which they are not, and Americans, which they sullied and smeared with their hatred.


Go get the muslims Mr. King and may your constituents kicked your racist arse out of office next election. And take the boy, Cantor with you. Two lily-livered white boys not patriotic enough to ever defend the country they claim to love. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 8, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Why are the republicans trying so hard to appear bigotted? Whatever the reason, they are certainly succeding. They are pushing proposals to abrogate birthright citizenship (the rule of the land eversince the U.S. are in existence) through a constitutional ammendment, incarcerate illegals and humiliate immigrants. Add to this Rand Paul's paranoia about the Federal Reserve onspiring with the (Jewish!) bankers on Wall Street, and the picture is complete. Or do I forget something?

Posted by: RegisUrgel | March 8, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Those who accuse Mr King of avoiding his duties in Vietnam have to check if hadn't a good reason for that (medical condition or something like that); the fact that he supported Ireland do not mean that he is not Protestant I do not belive that he is Catholic; but even if it;s the case he now has the mainstream American cultural faith which is Evangelism and this is enough for me to prove his faith.
Yes Mr Cantor is a great friend of Israel and he defends its interests and I do not see anything wrong with that, many US politicians on the Dems side did their Military Service in Tsahal and I do not see a problem of double allegiance since Israle is our friend.
MM King and Cantor are thoughtful and intelligent politicians we do not ask them to go to do a Marines job but to take care of the legislature and to protect good Americans such as Christian Evangelists who built this country.
I do not see any significant input to US successes and achievement from newcomers or non Wasp citizen.
We have to put the record straight: US achievments are mainly the result of the genius of anglosaxon protestants.
A faithful evangelist who belives is US excpetionalism and that no other country in mankind history can ever be at America's level, this gives us the duty to steward the World and the responsiblity to make everyone abide by our principles or at least to shut up because unless I'm proven wrong we are the Greatest Nation ever and this will continue for centuries to come.
No one can show me that Confucianism, Budddhism, Jewish faith, Sikhism, Animism, Chamanism, Islam or whatever religion have the genius or the intelligence to create institutions, science, technology, laws, weapons as did the Protestantism through its anglosaxon representants (even if several evangelists are trying to educate some people on the Third-World but it looks difficult to obtain the same reuslts as we achieved as anglosaxons).
A faithfull evangelist,
God bless America.

Posted by: eddy3 | March 8, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Is Glen Beck the AntiChrist? He talks about him an awful lot but never actually condemns him. We need a House investigation. Can we piggy-back on this one. please/

Posted by: ptrppr100 | March 8, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

This is not the place or venue for such investigations and is solely political posturing and grandstanding to extract political capital from fear, insecurity and concerns of the American people.

A more appropriate topic would be the events of 911 and who knew what and what truly happened that day and subsequently.

This is a mere distraction to entertain and distract the masses.

Posted by: costaricanet | March 8, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Racial and religious profiling. Rep. King is doing a witch hunt. Why doesn't he go after fundamental christians.
He is using a few people of the Muslim faith to demonize the whole religion.
He is an ignorant bigot. But that is redundant.

Posted by: eo512421 | March 9, 2011 1:19 AM | Report abuse

What about that emphasis on "jobs, jobs, jobs," that we heard so much about from the Republicans?

Posted by: Larkinvos | March 9, 2011 3:03 AM | Report abuse

"The purpose [of the hearing] is, if you ask Chairman King, to try and assess how we can better work with the Muslim community in America to stop the spread of radical Islam," Cantor said

That statement is an example of why elected officials are considered liars and not respected.

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

"The purpose [of the hearing] is, if you ask Chairman King, to try and assess how we can better work with the Muslim community in America to stop the spread of radical Islam," Cantor said

That statement is an example of why elected officials are considered liars and not respected.

Posted by: FoundingMother | March 9, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The fascist Tea Party is destroying this country that I love.

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 9, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

eric cantor is a liar with a smirk for deception. i wonder why peter king did not go after the aryan nation & militas & white supremcy groups who napalitano spoke about the uprise in domestic terrorist who stroked more death threats against our president. it's another way to divide this country & show the world again how bigoted the usa really is

Posted by: richdoll | March 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Imagine being a Jew in Nazi Germany and discovering that Hitler was going to do an investigation only of Jews to rout out terrorism. You might feel somewhat uncomfortable. Surely the equal protection clause of the constitution prohibits singling out one ethnic group for this sort of witch hunt. If there is to be an witch hunt, open it up to everyone.

Posted by: roedyg | March 9, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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