Muslims are not radical extremists
A small fraction of Muslims are radical extremists. Americans fear and loathe radical Muslim extremists and the place they know to find them is in the Muslim community. That is a simple fact.
American Muslims seem to be making a good effort to cooperate with police in identifying problem individuals. Vigilance and attention is constantly needed because external threats exist and some American Muslims continue to seek their roots and make their dutiful pilgrimage to Meca and Arab states where radicals reside. Fear and suspicion remains and that will continue so long as there are Islamic terrorists.
Singling out communities with a broad brush is un-American.
“Long Island Muslims fear their congressman's hearings could flame Islamophobia
By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 24, 2011; 12:02 AM
WESTBURY, N.Y. - They called it a summit to teach Muslims how to fight prejudice and fear. But all day long, fear was inescapable in the fluorescent-lit meeting hall of the Long Island mosque.
The top issue on everyone's mind this month at the Islamic Center of Long Island was this: What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?
The House hearings, scheduled to begin next month, have touched offa wave of panic throughout the U.S. Muslim community, which has spent much of the past year battling what it sees as a rising tide of Islamophobia. Conference calls, strategy sessions and letter-writing campaigns have been launched. Angry op-eds have compared the congressional inquiry to McCarthyism and the World War II persecution of Japanese Americans.
But for those who gathered at the Long Island mosque, the coming hearings represented not just a political issue, but a personal one. For the man organizing the hearings was the very lawmaker who was supposed to represent them in Washington - Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.). Long before he had become their enemy, he had been one of their community's closest friends.
"He used to come to our weddings. He ate dinner in our homes," said the mosque's chairman, Habeeb Ahmed, a short medical technologist with graying hair sitting near the front. "Everything just changed suddenly after 9/11, and now he's holding hearings to say that people like us are radical extremists. I don't understand it."”