Representative Peter King (R-NY), Chair of the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives, plans to hold public hearings about the "radicalization" of Muslim Americans. In a December 20, 2010 interview, he even claimed that we are "under siege by Muslim terrorists." In response, I have both emailed and called Congressman King's office with the following message:
Dear Congressman King,
As an American, I find it highly disturbing that you have chosen to hold hearings on "the radicalization of Muslim Americans." While terrorism and violence in all forms are threats to American national security, singling out any one community for inquiry is not only a failed approach to policy, but it is un-American. As a Christian, I find these hearings to be troubling for the implications they have on religious freedom in America. As a member of Religious Freedom USA, I ask that you cancel plans for these hearings.
Rather than holding hearings on Muslim Americans as a communal threat, I encourage you to hear Muslim-Americans share their patriotism for this country, including the 3,500 Muslim Americans in the armed forces, the many congregations across the nation, as well as elected officials whose patriotism does not conflict with their faith. Please do the right thing and cancel these hearings.
Co-Director Religious Freedom USA
I encourage others to join me in reaching out to Congressman King. It only takes a minute, as you can see when I called him myself. You can reach him by phone (202-225-7896), e-mail (Pete.King@mail.house.gov), or post mail (339 Cannon House Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20515). You can find more instructions and on the Religious Freedom USA call to action.
Peter King needs to hear Muslim Americans, not hold hearings against them. Join me in convincing him to change his plans.