Senate hearing looks at anti-Muslim bigotry
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois questions a witness testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Constitution, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the Law Subcommittee on 'Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims' during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 29, 2011.
March 29th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Senate hearing looks at anti-Muslim bigotry

Washington (CNN) - When Sen. Richard Durbin called a hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry, his office insisted it was not a response to a controversial House hearing that recently examined the threat of home-grown terrorism.

"Terrorism is not the subject of today's hearing," Durbin, D-Illinois, said in his opening remarks.

But two Senate Republicans said they couldn't discuss the Muslim-American community without looking at its potential for radicalization. Earlier this month, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by tackling "the radicalization of American Muslims" in a separate hearing.


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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Muslims must look to themselves, for any bigotry that may now be associated with their religion.

    There are many, many things, about the religion, that should be, of great concern to anyone who is not a member of that religion.

    March 29, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Why don't we discuss the self-radicalization of the Republican party via creation of its Astroturf Frankenstein Teatroll Army to act as its political cover for moving waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off to the right in order to justify their constant attacks and criticism of a fairly centrist POTUS for being a "soshulist" and a "secret muslim" and "not a natural born citizen" as though the GOP is itself channeling the long dead ghost of the Bolsheviks. Fascism may come riding in wearing an American flag and carrying a Bible...but it's still pretty sickening that we're greeting it with sensationalism and denial.

    March 29, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""Political correctness cannot be allowed to stand in the way of identifying those who would do us harm."


    March 29, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. dan

    I think this is not an Anti-Muslim movement, This is a Trust Issue. We as Americans have every right to be "Suspicius" of any Religion "that chants hatred for America. I,m afraid of these people,and have a Good reason, To Be? Some of us ,Don,t Forget! If the Muslim community wants to feel safer in this world,They need to Condemn ,Islams "Jihadist Killer Factions" in their faith,or be Untrusted! Why don,t you stand up for your people in Iran? They are brutalized on a daily basis?

    March 29, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Conservatives" need someone for us to blame, someone to hate, someone to fear in order to have control over us.
    Like McCarthyism in it's day, like Japanese interment camps in WWII.
    That way, while we are fighting over those people and those issues, "Conservatives" can pillage the country and we'll hardly notice.

    March 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. daniel

    Well I am not a muslim, i was raised catholic. Having said that I have some big issues with americas approach towards muslims. First I have to say that I am very proud and fortunate to be born an american. Like everyone else born here we are a very fortunate society, with freedoms, laws and a government which mostly works for us. I struggle to understand the governments fears and societies fears of people who choose to follow the muslim faith. I dont know the percentage but it has to be pretty small of radical muslims which turn to terroism. Having said that dont you think as an american whos ancestors had to fight for our freedoms from our four fathers to Mr. King during the civil rights movement to the womans rights movement and so on. The problem with the world is nobody wants to take a second to look back into history and see what are reoccuring themes of conflict. It only takes a second to look back and see that almost every major conflict has stemed from some sort of religious persecution. I say stop persicuting countries or people because they are muslim, buddist, jewish, catholic, protestant, etc. Realize that people are people because they have free will and everyone has different beliefs. Who am I or who are we (government) to say that just because you choose to follow the muslim faith that you are now a high risk of turning radical and becoming a terrorist; therefore, you cannot be involved in our government or even live a normal life with all the rights afforded to all american citizens. I think republican King has to think long and hard about his comments because he of all people should realize what a struggle it was for his people to gain egaul civil rights. I just dont understand how he and others could be so ignorant. There are many people in america who are unstable and who commit unthinkable acts. You are more likely to get attacked by a non-muslim and any physical attack is an act of terrorism because it creates frear in the community and to the individual. So, then what do we do?

    March 29, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |