A group of over 50 progressive organizations sent a letter to Rep. Peter King expressing concern over King’s plan to hold hearings targeting American Muslims.
“We write to strongly object to the House Homeland Security Committee’s plans to hold hearings on the ‘radicalization’ of American Muslims,” they write. “Our concern is that these hearings will serve to further promote the demonization and scapegoating of millions of American Muslims, while providing little valuable insight into the prevention of domestic terrorism.”
“While we all take the threat of terrorism seriously, we see no productive outcome in
singling out a particular community for examination in what appears to be little more
than a political show-trial,” they say. “We fear that these hearings will only add to this toxic climate of suspicion toward American Muslims and may hinder the important efforts to maintain trust and mutual respect between American Muslims, law enforcement, and public officials.”
King’s hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Read the full letter here.