Rep. Peter King, R-NY, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and former avid supporter of the Irish Republican Army, is very, very concerned about terrorism and the danger it poses to America. He is concerned that American citizens are being radicalized to commit violence against other American citizens and so he convened this investigative hearing of his committee today.
But he confined his hearing and his investigation to only Muslim Americans. If Rep. King is truly concerned about radicalization of Americans, I have a few suggestions for his investigations and hearings.
How about investigating the militia movement right across the country that is busily arming itself and advocating the violent overthrow of the United States government?
Or, in a similar vein, he could investigate all the white supremacist groups which periodically foment violence against Americans who do not meet their rigid racial specifications.
How about the evangelical Christian groups who encourage the killing of doctors who perform a legal medical procedure called an abortion, or who would force a 12-year-old incestual rape victim to bear a child that results from that rape, even if it puts her life in jeopardy?
For that matter, he might choose to investigate the radicalized state governments - all or mostly all male - that insist on passing draconian laws that demonize American citizens who seek abortions.
I would submit that terrorism is alive and well in America today and it is not at all hard to find, but most of it has nothing to do with mosques or Muslims. If King is truly concerned about stopping terrorism in America, then he should broaden his investigative hearings to cover all those places where it occurs, perhaps even including the terrorism that is being perpetrated in the House of Representatives with its singling out of the Muslim community.