Since 9/11 the fear began. Then came the Patriot Act which was meant to ‘allegedly’ protect us, keep up safe. In reality it increased our fear. Our fear made us ignore and forget out rights.
Now, we have House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King’s [R-NY] hearing on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslin Community and that Community’s Response.”King’s public statements have revealed a deeply Islamophobic and paranoid streak in his thinking. His comments about Muslims have triggered outrage in America and abroad, but has met with willing listeners among the general public. King’s rhetoric along with others, such as Sara Palin, is slowly bringing change in America. Transforming it from a tolerant society into one dominated by fear and Islamophobia. IT is unclear exactly when he became a seducer.
King has gone from being a tough talking politician to a racist, anti-muslin who makes up nonsense like “80% of mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams.” King has also called Muslims “an enemy of the living amongst us” and declared that “there are too many mosques in this country.” It seems he is voicing concerns over America’s “cultural identity” and “national character”, and to blame Muslims and their supposed non-culture for all the problems in America. But in the debate he uses only those statistics or the lack there of that fit in with the image of the enemy.
But the widespread rebuke by politicians and in the media have remained eloquently silent on the controversy. If King was a lone wolf, an agitator in a desert with no supporters, he would be dismissed as a freakish phenomenon. But with his seductive flute-playing, the man now has a host of followers, and other copycats which include Frank Gaffney, Sarah Palin and Peggy Littleton. Shrill rhetoric is in vogue, and hysterical Islam-bashing is in full swing. Every monotheistic religion, through its claim to exclusivity, contains the potential for violence.
But no one condemns Christianity as a whole when Northern Irish breakaway factions commit murder in the name of God. We don’t blame all Catholics when some of them kill abortion doctors while invoking their faith. And we don’t take all of Judaism to task when a Jewish terrorist named Baruch Goldstein slaughters dozens of Muslims during prayers in Hebron while invoking Yahweh.
But we do condemn Islam, whose holy book contains about as many passages glorifying violence as the Old Testament [which, unlike the Koran, does mention stoning as a punishment]. We condemn the religion, and not the person who commits the crime. A religion has become a scapegoat — and a focal point for intolerance and hate.
As I stated in an earlier post, Republicans swear by the Constitution, but have not bothered to read it. Especially 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.
In their Pledge to America, they promise to follow the Constitution. Yet, their ignore the most important provision of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights. The very first one. King’s paranoid suspicion upon all Muslim Americans and to stoke the fires of anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia is his intent. It is an attack on Religion. And we should all be suspicious of all Muslims because of their religion.
Finally, Religious, progressive outlets and even from his fellow representatives, have applied pressure, King’s grandiose vision for the hearings is coming apart at the seams. Still, the media has conspicuously remained silent. It is now up to bloggers to expose this vile attack on religion.
Republicans have consistently told us that their main issues are Religion and Guns. As for the religion part of their issues, they must mean their religion and none other.
- National Security:The King’s (Islamophobic) Speech (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- James Zogby: Peter King Note: Islamophobia Can Create Radicalization (huffingtonpost.com)
- Daily Kos Names Pamela Geller: Biggest Islamophobic Bigot of 2010 (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Islamophobic Yellow Journalists Attack Professor Ahmed, Again (craigconsidine.wordpress.com)
- King defends radical Islam hearings (voices.washingtonpost.com)