Not the King: Democrats Expose King’s Hearing

This week Peter King had his radicalization hearing despite the warnings from other House members. During the 4 1/2 hour hearing King tried again to spread falsehoods, smear Muslim Americans and stir up more fear and hate in the ranks of the right.

From Think Progress:

King’s own words at the hearing were full of misstatements and outright lies. In his opening statement to the committee, King claimed that the reason he decided to single out Muslim Americans is because the threat from them was particularly unique. He explained, “Indeed, by the Justice Department’s own record, not one terror-related case in the last two years involved neo-Nazis, environmental extremists, or anti-war groups.” King’s statement would be surprising to residents of Fall River, MA. This past December, white racist and neo-Nazi sympathizer Justin Vieira “broke a natural gas line and threatened to blow up a three-decker” house and was arrested shortly after by police. Additionally, there have been at least four other neo-Nazi or neo-Nazi sympathizer terror plots since September 2009. Throughout the hearing, King’s Democratic colleagues — including Reps. Bennie Thompson (MS), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), and Laura Richardson (CA) — brought up the fact that the congressman said in 2007 that there are “too many mosques in this country,” prompting him to say that he “never said” such a thing, a clear lie as ThinkProgress documents in a video fact check.

Thankfully this doesn’t seem that it will be going too much further. King failed to drum up support for his cause and the left in combination with some of his witnesses exposed it as a witch hunt before it progressed further. At least someone was thinking.

Peter King’s action was base purely on xenophobia and racism; his goal was to create a climate that he could label any one he chose a threat and get away with it. If he were successful we would be seeing a new era of people being arrested for speaking out against the right-wing hate machine.

Lastly, there are always going to be threats to the United States. Focusing on one group based on bias is not only foolish; it is dangerous as well as it will lead to individuals and potentially state departments ignoring larger threats from other groups.

Peter King and Joseph McCarthy: More than Just Wishful Thinking.

Joseph Raymond McCarthy.

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The connection between McCarthy and Peter King (R-NY) goes further than just the idea of this hearing. As a lawyer in his younger days, Peter King worked with Roy Cohen,  the counsel that helped Joseph McCarthy prepare for his infamous trails.

So is King channeling McCarthy?

That depends entirely what side of the fence you sit on.

Fox News and other right-wing propaganda spewers are feverishly trying to promote the hearings as just “part of Kings job”, which also denies the existence of right-wing extremism and responds to reports of their rising in anger, ridicule, or downplays the situation.

Other outlets on the other hand aren’t exactly quick to point out the similarities and connections of King and McCarthy, but they at least attempt to recognize that there is probable cause for concern.

And lastly there are bloggers who are quick to tie King to McCarty to sink him, which is precisely what congress and the media should be doing.

Peter King is trying to sell the existence of a new brand of Red Scare, a sale that’s gone over pretty easily in the realm of the right, especially with the help of Fox, Glenn Beck and the rest of the bigot crew and it is something that is easily noticeable upon visiting the comment sections of any right-wing catering sites and the many bigoted fear mongering post on the Blaze and Fox Nation.

Kings actions are also something to be concerned with. If this trial really is about the threat of terrorism then why is he refusing to investigate other groups such as the “Sovereign Citizen” movement, which has recent violent activities which have been tied not only to this movement, but to Beck’s 9/12 movement as well.

Moreover, King’s plan for this hearing is to use only Muslim’s at witnesses so the media “cannot attack the Muslim messenger“, but I think it is far more likely it’s being done to railroad these witnesses as McCarthy railroaded his witnesses. This is a calculated attempt to demonize people and create a false cause for oppression.

Lastly, King’s own words speak louder than anything. He is fear mongering and pushing the myth’s of radical Islam in the same way that McCarthy did during the Big Red Scare, the only difference here is that it is a religion and color of skin instead of a political ideology. It is intentional dehumanization and fear mongering to create a sense of fear and urgency of the invisible boogie man who is always probing for ways to end your way of life.

And this is precisely what McCarthyism was all about.

28 House Members and Not a Single Republican: Islamophobia is Partisan

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Earlier this week I posted about how several GOP representatives are taking a horrific and racist moves against Muslim (and those they believe to be) Muslim individuals both at the national and state levels.

During the last month many republican controlled states have moved to ban Sharia law. Last week Orange County hosted a “Patriotic Rally” in response to a Muslim fund-raiser at which several members of the republican party spoke at. This rally produced some of the most disturbing, vile, and gut-wrenching footage of racism on the right in my lifetime and has been largely cast off by the right as acceptable behavior or an attack on Christianity.

This week GOP representative Peter King (R-NY) will hold a “hearing” for radical Islam. Democratic members, Pete Stark and John Dingell, have started an effort to urge King to reconsider his actions as they are entirely unfounded, utterly racist and completely unnecessary. So far there are 28 co-signers on this letter and not a single republican name appears.

The names:

Baldwin (D-WI), Blumenauer (D-OR), Chu (D-CA), Conyers (D-MI), Edwards (D-MD), Frank (D-MA), Fudge (D-OH), Grijalva (D-AZ), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hirono (D-HI), Holt (D-NJ), Honda (D-CA), Jackson (D-IL), Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Kucinich (D-OH), Lee (D-CA), McCollum (D-MN), McDermott (D-WA), Meeks (D-FL), Moran (D-VA), Polis (D-CO), Rush (D-IL), Schakowsky (D-IL), Scott (D-VA), Serrano (D-NY), and Waters (D-CA)

And the full letter:

Dear Chairman King:

We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee’s upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans. We ask that you reconsider the scope of these hearings and instead examine all forms of violence motivated by extremist beliefs, rather than unfairly focusing on just one religious group.

We believe that the tone and focus of these hearings runs contrary to our nation’s values. Muslim Americans contribute to our nation’s wellbeing in many professions including as doctors, engineers, lawyers, firefighters, business entrepreneurs, teachers, police officers and Members of Congress. Their hard work helps to make our country exceptional.

Furthermore, casting a negative light on an entire community — rather than focusing on actual dangerous fringes will only strain community relationships and trust that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have worked hard to develop. Muslim Americans are an integral part of our larger American society and should be treated as such, not viewed with suspicion.

The choice between our values of inclusiveness and pluralism and our security is a false one.

If you wish to examine violent extremism, we ask that you do so by examining violence motivated by extremist beliefs in all its forms. Singling out one religious group and blaming the actions of individuals on an entire community is not only unfair, it is unwise– and it will not make our country any safer.

Sincerely,

Pete Stark John Dingell
Member of Congress Member of Congress

CC: Ranking Member Bennie Thompson

I’m just out of words. This is truly heart breaking for to witness. Haven’t we, after all every one this country has oppressed, tormented, murdered for not having the same religion, the same color of skin or didn’t “fit in” in some minuscule way, learned nothing from history?

Same story; different color. Same words; different religion.

Can you give any example in the history of humanity where this has ever ended in anything other than tragedy?

Logo Conspiracy… Again

I found this on another blog that I am not going to pingback because it is full of filth, hate and Palin worship. At some point the right-wing will need to grow up and stop seeing conspiracies in every little thing and, of course, stop being racist.

Yes, I am saying that they are seeing this because there is a black man sitting in the White House and for some reason that terrifies them. Moreover, it is racist to assume that Muslims are evil individuals, especially when they know absolutely nothing about the religion aside from what ever has been spoon fed to them by Glenn Beck and echoed back to them by the Tea Party. And it doesn’t stop with Islam.

A few examples for Glenn Beck:

For Fox News:

This is not coincidence, this is calculated propaganda just like it was when it was used against African-American, Irish, Asian’s and, of course, Jewish individuals.

GOP Senators Endorse Racism

“What’s wrong with the Holocaust survivor we heard speak about not wanting to live under sharia law?”

Representative Ed Royce (R-CA)

Because people who think logically understand that just like Biblical Law; anything that Sharia Law would condemn in any of your ridiculous racists arguments would be illegal because they are illegal. If freedom of religion doesn’t give the radical right a get out of jail free card; then it would logically follow that it would not for Muslims either.  Furthermore, Muslims are not Nazi’s and Nazi’s were Christians; perhaps you should direct your attention to the correct religion?

Further, what I see is assimilated white men believing what ever they are told by the hate and fear machine; Fox News and Glenn Beck.  You are so consumed with hate and fear that rational thought has stopped and you have stopped thinking for your self.

This isn’t okay and it wasn’t okay when it was done to any one else. There seem to be a lot of people who didn’t learn anything at all from history or are simply refusing to see how dangerous this really is.

Have you ever stopped to think about how these people feel, any of you? Especially those that continue to be discriminated against. I don’t understand how you could possibly do that to another human knowing full well that you are playing with fire based on little more than the same dehumanizing propaganda that has been presented in every instance of racism and religious hate in the past.

And it makes my stomach churn.

Do you even know what makes some one not racist? Because all of the Anti-Muslim people seem to think that not being racist means that they support the cause of a particular class or because they have “friends” that are of color. What makes some one not racist is they don’t stereotype, they don’t discriminate and they stand up for the rights of others against a privileged class.

And the war drum continues to pound.

Next week House Homeland Security Chairman (R-NY ignorance) hold a hearing on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response“. Representative King continues still to promote myths of Islam and asserts that “80 percent of the mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams.”

Additionally he has stated that Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us”  as well as declaring that “there are too many mosques in this country.”

Too many mosques? Please apply this to Christianity and Muslims are not an enemy. These are the same kind of sickening statements I would expect to be coming out of Nazi Germany. This is the same kind of persecution and what happened started out much the same way.

And that still isn’t the end of it. While conservative Representatives in many states have jumped on the racist anti-Sharia bandwagon, conservatives are taking their hate speech to Educational Policy Conferences. From Think Progress:

At the Educational Policy Conference, a large gathering of social conservatives in St. Louis in January, prominent neoconservative and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, and former Colorado State Board of Education member Peggy Littleton sounded the alarm on the “creeping threat” of Gulen schools hidden in President Obama’s landmark education initiative, the Race to the Top program, which encourages innovation in education, including charter schools.”

In an interview with Think Progress, Littleton stated that “[the Obama administration is] intentionally had already thought through how they could have a proliferation and a sneaking creep, if you will, of Gulen schools by embedding their acceptance and even promotion of charter schools under this new wonderful thing of Race to the Top” and that these schools are teaching children to “hate Americans”.

If they hate American’s it is far more likely to be caused by the behavior of the conservative neo-con tea parties than it is the teaching of any one and again this is an example of how the white privileged class believes that they are somehow being oppressed. Even if they were teaching to hate; reverse racism isn’t real and they have little chance of being affected by this pretend “racism”.

Littleton’s partner in crime had even more filth and propaganda to contribute. In his speech Frank Gaffney stated that Gulen schools were “another example of this Muslim Brotherhood kind of operation, stealth jihad” and that they were a tool in “worldwide Muslim caliphate“. He then went on to assert that the name sake of the school is “a fellow who I think envisions himself being the next Caliph” and that the schools are “an insidious, seditious program”.

If that sounds familiar, it is because not too terribly long ago Glenn Beck went on a caliphate rant is driven by communists and the New World Order. At what point do we stop dismissing this as “coincidence” and start calling it what it really is; Gobbles style propaganda?