Where in the United States exactly are Muslims victimized? In America, Muslims enjoy the same freedoms as any other religious group, and they are subject to the same fear and prejudice as any other religious group. In fact, Americans have been remarkably restrained and circumspect in dealing with Muslims, given that Islamic jihadists have declared war on America, committed terrorist acts, and killed thousands of Americans. If Ellison does not believe Muslims are victims, he is cynically using this tactic to deflect attention from the very issue the hearings were called to investigate: namely, radicalization in the American Muslim community.
Reasonable people on all sides agree that a segment of the Muslim population is engaged in jihad against the non-Muslim world, with America being the primary target. Muslims on both sides acknowledge this. Al-Qaeda and groups of its ilk plainly state this. Muslims who oppose Al-Qaeda say this.
The King hearings were called to investigate radicalization in the American Muslim community, which in fact is already happening. The hearings were a reasonable and necessary thing to do, and Muslims have no reason to fear them.
As a sworn representative of the U.S. government, Ellison is charged first and foremost in defending America, its Constitution and its people. But he disagreed with the premise of the hearings and testified against them, and in so doing failed to take a reasonable stand on the issue. Is Ellison willing to assert for the record that there is no threat from Muslims to America? None whatsoever?
The disturbing implication of Ellison’s fount of tears testimony is that he chose to defend Islam, not America or Americans.
Peter BetBasoo is an Assyrian from Iraq who immigrated to the United States in 1974. He is the cofounder and director of the Assyrian International News Agency and is the author of the report, “Incipient Genocide: the Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq.”
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