There were many reasons why I testified in the investigative hearings held by the House Committee on Homeland Security examining radicalization within the Muslim American community. I testified because I believe exposing a wrong is the bare minimum of my faith.
This message sits in diametric opposition to some who have been warning that foreign radicals are infiltrating American prisons for recruitment into international terrorist rings, an alarmist position that has thrived in the post-9/11 world.
It may be easier for Peter King to scapegoat a religion and chase fictitious bad guys in a system he does not fully understand than begin to address the all-too-real looming problems of disempowerment in inner city communities.
With the bigoted King hearings, many courageous Americans have begun to push back against efforts to target the entire American Muslim community. They include Christian clergy, law enforcement officials and civil rights leaders.