Giuilani Adviser Says 'Too Many' Mosques in U.S.
A top national security adviser to former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said in an interview that there are "too many" mosques in the United States and urged a more aggressive law enforcement approach toward them.
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who serves as the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, said Thursday that his comments to the Politico website were taken out of context.
"I stand by everything I said other than the fact that the Politico totally took it out of context," King told the Associated Press.
The comments were condemned by Democrats and by a leading muslim group. A spokeswoman for Giuliani did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
In comments to reporters Thursday, Giuliani defended King. "I know exactly what Pete meant. I knew before I even heard the clarification. What he means was that there are mosques in which violence is preached. I know that from my own investigations of Islamic terrorism. I also know that there are many mosques in which it isn't."
King's comments come a day after Giuliani proposed allowing Israel to join NATO. During a trip to London, Giuliani said that inviting the Jewish state into NATO would help to fight terrorism.
"They are a democracy," he said in an interview with the New York Times. "They are an ally of the United States. They would have to decide whether that would be in their own national interest."
--Michael D. Shear
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