Hearing on Muslim ‘radicalization’ drawing interest by the day

Rep. Peter King’s hearing on Muslim “radicalization” in the U.S. is Thursday and various groups are lining up to denounce the whole idea.

I know because I’m getting a steady string of press releases.

Human Rights First says “stop the witch hunt.”

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture says the hearings will “single out American Muslims as a source of violence and extremism.”

The ACLU wrote a long letter to King, insisting that “Treating an entire community as suspect because of the bad acts or intolerant statements of a few is imprudent and unfair, and in the past has only led to greater misunderstanding, injustice and discrimination.”

The liberal Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says that the hearing implies that “terrorist threats to the American people result from one religious group is an insult to the millions of peaceful Muslim American citizens.”

I have heard from one group, America’s Survival, that wants King to also look at the activities of the TV channel Al-Jazeera in the U.S.

King’s House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on “Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Here’s the schedule of witnesses:

Panel 1

Hon. Keith Ellison, A Representative in Congress from the 5th District of Minnesota

Panel 2

Hon. Frank Wolf, A Representative in Congress from the 10th District of Virginia

Panel 3

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder, American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Mr. Abdirizak Bihi, Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center

Mr. Melvin Bledsoe, Private Citizen

Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department