Q. The Congressional hearings into the possible radicalization of Muslims in America has stirred emotions on both sides of the debate, with one Muslim-American representative leaving the room in tears after testifying about an American Muslim killed on 9/11.
The investigations, started by Rep. Pete King (R - NY), are designed to focus on what he believes is a rising domestic terror threat from American Muslims. He also wants to look into what he sees as a distinct lack of cooperation from the U.S. Islamic community.
King's hearings have become the subject of much debate, not only because he has little support from Congressional Repulican leaders, but because he's been accused of being Joe McCarthy for the age of terrorism and of tarring all Muslims with the same brush. He's also been criticised for not investigating other possible domestic terrorists, such as survivalists, radical Christians, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison said of King's plan, “It’s like he’s saying we’re going to deal with drugs, but we’re only going to deal with black drug dealers.”