Get ready to hear a lot about Muslim ‘radicalization’

You may have heard that Long Island’s always-outspoken Congressman Peter King plans to soon hold hearings on Muslim “radicalization” in the U.S.

King became the new chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security after Republicans took control of the House on Jan. 1.

His plan to hold hearings is being widely denounced — although is supported by House Speaker John Boehner. King himself  is hyping all the media attention under the “King in the News” section of his website.

The hearings will receive enormous attention, no doubt.

It’s worth pointing out that a sociology prof at the University of North Carolina has just released a study called Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9/11: An Accounting.

Charles Kurzman writes that since 9/11, 161 Muslim Americans have been “terrorism suspects or perpetrators.”

The number of suspects dropped from 47 in 2009 to 20 in 2010 (with five carrying out plots), he writes.

Kurzman concludes that the media attention given to Muslim suspects creates “the impression — perhaps unintentionally — that Muslim-American terrorism is more prevalent than it really is.”

He is identified as a specialist on Islamic movements whose new book is “The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.”

Here is an article he co-wrote for Foreign Policy called “The Islamists Are Not Coming.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.