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12:03 pm ET: A congressional hearing Thursday on the alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans is "discriminatory" and "an abuse of power" because of its narrow scope, Rep. Laura Richardson, D-California, said in harsh criticism of committee Chairman Peter King, R-New New York.
Richardson questioned why other House committees weren't holding hearings on threats to American children involving other religions, a veiled but obvious reference to the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.
11:49 am ET: A congressional hearing on alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans and a lack of cooperation by the Muslim community is "an outrage" because there is no factual basis for its need, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said Thursday.
11:00 am ET: The father of an American youth who converted from Baptist to Islam at age 19 and later shot two U.S. army troops outside an Arkansas recruiting station asked a congressional committee for help Thursday in dealing with Muslim radicalization in the country.
Melvin Bledsoe, whose son Carlos changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, blamed Islamic extremists who he said radicalized Carlos at a Tennessee mosque.
"We are losing American babies. Our children are in danger. We must stand up and do something about the problem," Bledsoe said, adding: "I'd like to see something change that no other family in this great country of ours has to go through what our family is facing today."
10:48 am ET: The radicalization of Muslim Americans is a "significant" problem that only the Muslim community can resolve, instead of claiming victimization when concerns are raised, the president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy told a congressional hearing Thursday.
"We can close our eyes and pretend it doesn't exist," said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, who is Muslim. "You're not going to solve the problem and the problem is increasing exponentially."
Jasser called radicalization "a moral corruption within a certain segment" that is using the Islamic religion to spread its message. Countering such efforts would require teaching Muslim Americans about American principles of liberty and "separation of mosque and state," he said.
10:36 am ET: The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent Muslim advocacy group, is "counter-productive and it is hurting the Muslim American community," Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia told a congressional hearing Thursday.
He accused the group of "a campaign to intimidate and silence anyone who raises concerns about Muslim radicalization."
Wolf said the controversial hearing on the alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans was important and necessary, adding: "We cannot afford to be silent. We cannot disregard the issue of radicalization in our country."
10:09 am ET: Muslim House member Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, on Thursday sharply criticized a House hearing on the alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans, saying that blaming the entire Muslim community for the evil and violence of individuals is "the very heart of stereotyping and scapegoating."
10:03 am ET: A congressional hearing on the alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans runs the risk of taking too narrow a view of the scope of terrorism threats against the United States, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, said Thursday.
9:56 am ET: Recruiting young American Muslims is part of al Qaeda's strategy to continue attacking the United States, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Thursday.
9:52 am ET: The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent Muslim American advocacy group, should be rejected, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Thursday.
9:47 am ET: Holding hearings on the alleged radicalization of Muslim Americans is neither "radical or unAmerican," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Thursday in opening a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the issue.