In what is sure to be perceived as dueling views over the role of Muslims in this country, Sen. Dickie Durbin (D-IL), has announced that he will hold a Senate subcommittee hearing next week titled, “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims.” (Radical Islamists from CAIR are rolling on the floor, high-fiving each other at how easily they got this stupid liberal dhimmi to bend over)
YOU MIGHT – remember Durbin as the guy who showed his patriotic support for our country by comparing the American soldiers tasked with catering to the pampered terrorists at Club Gitmo to the goons who imposed the genocidal socialist regimes of Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot — thus providing valuable propaganda ammo to our enemies and encouraging attacks against American soldiers and civilians everywhere.
FOX/Washington Times (H/T John D) Just weeks after Peter King and House Republicans ruffled the feathers of civil rights and Muslim-American organizations with his own hearing titled, “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” U.S., Senate Democrats are countering with a hearing of their own, scheduled for after Congress returns from a 10-day vacation, to examine Muslims’ civil rights.
Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, announced the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, saying there has been a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year that demands closer attention.
Asked whether next week’s Senate hearing is a response to Congressman King’s House hearing, a Durbin aide said, “It’s not a response to King. It’s a response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year, including the Quran burning, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination.”
Critics compared the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on March 10 to the infamous anti-Communist hearings held by Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy back in the 1950s, but King said at the hearing that its purpose was to determine the extent to which radical Islam has infiltrated the United States.
“Despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings,” King said. Not holding them, he argued, would’ve been “a craven surrender to political correctness.” (And Durbin’s hearings plunge us right back into it)
“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Mr. Durbin said. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”
The hearing, MARCH 29th, will be the first ever before the Judiciary Committee’s new subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights, which Democrats created this year. Mr. Durbin is the chairman of the subcommittee.
Earlier this month House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, New York Republican, held the first in what he said will be a series of hearings to look at problems posed by radicalized Muslims in the United States.
In 2009, the latest FBi statistics available, anti-Islamic hate crimes accounted for 9.3 percent of the 1,376 religiously motivated hate crimes recorded. That’s far less than the 70.1 percent that were anti-Jewish.