A scumpit of America-hating treachery.
(CNSNews.com) — The American Civil Liberties Union says it is “erroneous” to draw a connection between American Muslims and domestic terrorism.
By holding a congressional hearing on radicalization in the American-Muslim community, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is “perilously close” to making that connection, said Michael Macleod-Ball, a First Amendment specialist at the ACLU.
Macleod-Ball said although the ACLU supports freedom speech — including Rep. King’s, “no matter how misguided” — it rejects congressional inquiries that “entrench” on First Amendment rights.
Macleod-Ball made the comments Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, where almost a dozen Muslim advocacy groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), spoke disparagingly of King, accusing him of “irresponsible rhetoric” and calling the planned House hearing a “political stunt.”
King chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. Thursday’s hearing is titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.”
Naeem Baig of the Islamic Circle of North America said King is “capitalizing on the rise of Islamophobia and xenophobia,” fueling anti-Islamic rhetoric that is being spewed across the country and within the GOP.”