Richard Cohen in his Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post makes a compelling argument that contrary to Peter King’s assertions, the Muslim community has been the number one source of tips exposing terrorist plots by Muslims in the USA. Mr. Cohen cites an expert on terrorism from the Univ. Of North terrorism, Charles Kurzman, who reported that 40% of tips, which foiled terrorist plots, came from the Muslim community; while only 9% came from undercover agents! Cohen concludes that these hearings set a dangerous precedent to investigate specific religious groups and have the potential to further alienate this community resulting in less cooperation with authorities.
King is setting a dangerous precedent. The government has no business examining any peaceful religious group because a handful of adherents have broken the law. If it did, it would be past time to look into the Roman Catholic Church, which clearly was – or maybe still is – concealing the sex crimes of priests and others.”
“In this country, much of the internal threat comes from a very small number of addled young men whose incompetence is often just plain awe-inspiring. They no more represent the American Muslim community than some randy priest does Peter King.
Read on at the Washington Post.