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Muslim groups say congressional hearings reminiscent of McCarthy

Catholic World News - February 07, 2011

An interfaith coalition, composed largely of Muslim groups, has condemned Rep. Peter King’s upcoming congressional hearing on the radicalization of the American Muslim community.

“The essence of our country is e pluribus unum: out of many, practicing their faith freely and contributing each in their own way, comes a strong, unified one,” coalition members said in a statement. “The hearings planned by Chairman King, however, are inconsistent with this vision of America. Singling out a group of Americans for government scrutiny based on their faith is divisive and wrong.”

“These hearings will inevitably examine activities protected by the First Amendment, an affront to fundamental freedoms upon which our country was founded,” the signatories continued. “It harkens back to hearings held in the 1950s by then-US Senator Joe McCarthy. That dark chapter in our history taught us that Congress has a solemn duty to wield its investigatory power responsibly.”

“I don’t believe it warrants an answer,” the congressman said in response. “I am too busy preparing for the hearings.”

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  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 08, 2011 1:58 PM ET USA

    Senator McCarthy was correct to do the things he did. They, like the communists in the 50's, are willing to say anything, eve3n falsehoods, in order to be discovered for what they really are and what their agenda and plan inevitably lead to.

  • Posted by: rdennehy8049 - Feb. 07, 2011 9:00 AM ET USA

    While i apprciate the arguments against Rep. King, I also must comment that if there were a Roman Catholic,Baptist or any other Christian group that could be tied to terrorism I personally woudl want them investigated. We have surrendered to the "politically correct" stance in regards to Muslim, homosexual and transgender groups. What is next? Where else can a crucifix with Christ be in a bucket of urine be considered "art"? Where can Jesus be shown as a homosexual?

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