As Rep. Peter King led his latest hearing about the radicalization of Muslims in the United States last week, it turns out a radical of a different sort, based in Brooklyn, was plotting to spread his anti-Muslim message across the United States.
Muslims are rising up against tyranny throughout the Arab world. They have ousted autocrats, consistently called for democracy, and inspired the international community. And yet, for some here in the homeland, Muslims are still the problem.
A scary number of the Republican rank-and-file seem to be functioning under the impression that every Muslim in America is a "stealth jihadist" waiting to flip the switch from "good" to "evil" like the Clone Troopers in Star Wars.
The case of Rifqa Bary has set the stage for the ideological bankrupt neocons and right wing evangelicals to pursue another desperate attempt to resuscitate their all but defunct "clash of civilization" scare.