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VIDEO: Muslims in America - Thoughts on the King Hearings

Posted By Walter Lohman On March 24, 2011 @ 4:30 pm In Legal | Comments Disabled

A couple weeks ago, the House Homeland Security Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Peter King (R-NY), held hearings on radicalization [1] in American Muslim communities.

It was hardly the replay of the McCarthy hearings that many on the left had hoped for.  And so, aside from Rep Ellison’s tearful testimony [2], the hearing itself received less extensive press coverage than the lead up.  The upside to this is that the Committee had the opportunity to do just as Mr. King suggested: look dispassionately at radicalization – a problem many Muslims themselves will tell you greatly concerns them.  The downside is that some of the more thoughtful testimony – like that of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser [3], a Muslim himself, was not given the attention it deserved.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) [4] dropped by The Heritage Foundation following his testimony to chat with Heritage experts.  We took the opportunity to record his answers to a few questions and share them with visitors to The Foundry.

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[1] held hearings on radicalization: http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/hearing-%E2%80%9C-extent-radicalization-american-muslim-community-and-communitys-response%E2%80%9D

[2] aside from Rep Ellison’s tearful testimony: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/peter-king-tempers-rhetoric-on-muslims-as-congressional-hearing-gets-under-way/2011/03/10/ABhV3BQ_story.html

[3] like that of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser: http://www.aifdemocracy.org/news.php?id=6648

[4] American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD): http://www.aifdemocracy.org/about/

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