New York Republican Congressman Peter King, who has held three U.S. House hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, expressed his disappointment with some of the findings in a recent Pew Research poll of Muslims in America. The fact that the poll shows 21% of Muslim Americans are sure that there is support for extremism in their communities was what King found startling, according to Politico.com.
Rep. King believes these findings vindicate his call for hearings on Capitol Hill. He said he is “concerned that only 43 percent of Muslims see anti-terrorism programs are ‘sincere’. I don’t know what world they’re living in.” King agreed that most American Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding, and loyal citizens, but that this does not detract from the fact al-Qaeda is attempting to target individuals in America for radicalization.
He went on to say, “There is a small percentage of American Muslims who are sympathetic to al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda is trying to recruit them. They are the ones we should be looking for – the American Muslim community should be at the forefront of trying to stop them, because they would be in their community.”
Kudos to Peter King and lawmakers like him. When we have a President who kowtows to the Islamic world and releases guidelines on commemorating 9/11 that promote revisionist history by instructing civic leaders not to mention al-Qaeda or terrorism, it’s good to know there are still a few political leaders willing to deal with and share the truth.
Tim Mak, “Rep. Peter King: Muslim poll ‘very disappointing'”, Politico.com, Aug. 31, 2011.
Pew Research Center, Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism: Mainstream and Moderate Attitudes, August 30, 2011.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–