Thursday, March 10, 2011
As I sit hear and am watching the committee hearing on the "Extent of Radicalization" Among American Muslims, I find myself angry at some of these politicians, and the media's hatred towards Rep. Peter King. Almost all of the Democrats except one, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY 27th Dis.), has accused the hearing of being a witch hunt against peaceful Muslims. I'm sure before the day is over he will be branded a traitor by his fellow Democrats, for not towing the line with them. In some cases, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, was so disrespectful, that Rep. King had to step in.
I am listening to the father of the young man, Carlos Bledsoe aka Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who shot up the Recruiting Station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Melvin Bledsoe, was very articulate in getting his point across that radicalism in this country a lot of times starts in college.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA 12th Dis) was so disgusting in her questioning, by criticizing the fact that the people who are on the panel were not experts in her eyes, because they weren't associated with the government, except for the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Leroy Baca, that the good Sheriff had to put her in her place and tell her that without the members of the panel, the problem of Islamic terrorism CANNOT be solved. She claimed that the testimony of the father, Mr. Bledsoe, and Abdirizak Bihi, the uncle of a young man who joined Jihad and was killed in Somalia, were interesting, but not expert testimony. Mr. Bledsoe's very apt response was what makes the politicians on the committee an "expert" to do what they do on their various committees...
Our representatives have an obligation to listen to these people who are living in fear from radical Islam. Not look down their noses at them with contempt.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser held his own very well against Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA 47th Dis), who got so angry during her questioning of him, that she constantly tried to cut him off from speaking, because he said something she didn't want to hear. The people on this panel have risked their lives to be here, and some of their families have already been threatened.
I'm tired of hearing about comparing Christianity, and Judaism, to radical Islam. I don't ever recall hearing in Mass, my priest saying that we need to go out and kill Muslims because they are not of our faith. And for the love of God, please stop mentioning Timothy McVeigh. He was an atheist. Period. Those two young men that shot up Columbine, were specifically killing Christian students also. They were not Christians. I'm also tired of hearing that we need not paint everyone in the Muslim community with a broad brush, because the Tea Party has been deemed a racist group, because of the actions of a few. There are those of us in that movement that have spoken out, but to no avail. Muslims were cheering in the streets on 9/11/01, and there are those here in this country that are still finding ways to attack us again. As someone who lived in a Muslim country as a child, I can tell you first hand, radicalism is very real, and for us to ignore the fact that they come from the Muslim community, is a grievous error on our part. If Islam is a peace loving religion, then why are these families in danger for speaking out?