King Hearings Will Lead to Further Discrimination and Rights Violations
Political Research Associates, along with over a hundred organizations, call for hearings to be cancelled

Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced his intention to hold hearings on “radicalization” and “homegrown terrorism.” These hearings single out the Muslim community in America for public scrutiny. Although King insists that the goal of his hearings is not to stigmatize American Muslims, by selecting only members of that faith for scrutiny, he puts an entire community under suspicion. In a letter sent to Mr. King on Feb. 22, 2011, a coalition of a hundred and eight civil and human rights organizations call on him to cancel the hearings. The letter expressed deep concerns that the hearings will send the message that people of certain faiths deserve less protection under the law.

Statement from PRA Executive Director Tarso Luís Ramos on the King Hearings

A generation ago, irresponsible pundits inflamed anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sentiment, claiming that the election of then-Senator John F. Kennedy to the presidency would put the White House under the control of Rome.  Today, where Muslims are concerned, it seems there’s no claim too absurd, no charge too baseless to command the full attention of certain public officials and even the investigatory powers of Congress. Representative Peter King should know better.  Read more...





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