Schneier regrets that the hearing brands Muslim Americans in a negative light, “instead of broadening an awareness that Muslim Americans have made great contributions to the U.S. and are as dedicated to America’s preservation and improvement as any other ethnic or religious community.”

Rabbi decries U.S. congressional hearing for ‘profiling Muslims’

Foundation for Ethnic Understanding president says a Homeland Security Committee hearing should investigate extremists of all stripes.

Marc Schneier

Rabbi Marc Schneier

An Orthodox rabbi in New York is leading a coordinated public relations campaign against a House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing on the “radicalization of the Muslim community in the U.S.” that commenced on Thursday.

The controversial hearing that has stirred public debate in the pages of newspapers and television talk shows is the initiative of Congressman Peter King, a Republican that represents Long Island, New York and chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

Rabbi Marc Schneier spoke to Haaretz about his objections to the hearing. “As I attended the hearing in Washington, I witnessed injustice, Muslims were singled out as the source of home-grown terrorism.”

Schneier says that in principle he supports investigating extremists in order to protect American citizens from internal terror threats. But he notes that Congressman King has refused to carry out an “examination of all forms of violence motivated by extremist beliefs” that would include racist and anti-Semitic groups active in the U.S.

Schnieier characterized the committee’s decision to focus only on Muslim groups as contradicting the American tradition of objective, impartial legal processes.

“I share [first-ever Muslim Congressman] Keith Ellison’s pain. The underlying tone of these hearings stigmatizes and profiles Muslim Americans.” Ellison, the Congressman from Minnesota’s 5th district, broke down crying when he told the hearing on Thursday of the contributions made by a 9/11 first responder who happened to be Muslim.

Schneier regrets that the hearing brands Muslim Americans in a negative light, “instead of broadening an awareness that Muslim Americans have made great contributions to the U.S. and are as dedicated to America’s preservation and improvement as any other ethnic or religious community.”

Schneier, 52, established the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in 1989 and serves as its current president. In the past, the group worked to improve relations between American Blacks and Jews. In recent years, the group has organized a number of events and conferences to bring Jews and Muslims together.

The organization’s successful track record to bridge the gaps between the Jewish American community and the African American community should serve as a model for cooperation between Jews and Muslims in America, Schneier says.

The Anti-Defamation League also published a press release on Thursday which expressed reservations over the Congressional hearing on the ‘radicalization’ of the Muslim American community.

Peter King, the Congressman who initiated the hearings, told the press that the adults and especially the youth of the Muslim community are exposed to poisonous propaganda against America and are being lobbied by radical groups and recruited to commit domestic terror attacks.

King spoke of terrorists that have been captured in the last two years on U.S. territory, accused of planning terror attacks.


Rep. Ellison’ pain (mentioned above) can be seen in the following video


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  3. hgarner said,

    March 11, 2011 at 19:35

    The ghouls in washington should be careful about creating a monster that no-one will be able to control. The monster of too much “divide and rule” Remember…for every action………beware that the USI does not become plagued by gang mentality….we already have enough in the cities. If it becomes a racially profiled polarisation……watch out. The founding fathers were aware of the potential problem, but the lawyers soon crossed the constitutional line, by allowing the definition of an american to be splintered by designations like Afro American, Asian American, etc. This is unconstitutional, but so what…….I am sure that dual, zionist-Israel/American citizens, serving in all of the key positions in govt, banking, etc is highly irregular, constitutionally……but what the heck, what isn’t unconstitutional in America these days. The only good thing that Mugabe, in Zimbawe did, was declare it illegal to allude to a man’s ethnicity when describing a Zimbabwean.

  4. Montana said,

    March 11, 2011 at 23:18

    Why doesn’t this Peter T. King investigate the “Home Grown” radicalization of Irish Americans, who support the tradition wing of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), or Noraid (The Irish Northern Aid Committee), and being recruited by “Enemy Overseas” or worse “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, where they radicalize the priests into raping our young American boys, what about that you hypocrite scumbag.

    Peter King is a hypocrite, he supported the terrorist group IRA, who killed innocent British people, but hey I guess that was OK, right? Killing innocent people is OK, as long as they are not born is the United States, yup that sounds about right. I guess Jesus Christ would give all you extra points for that, NOT!

    No, there are no dancing in the street when Catholics hear about a pedophile priest, but there has been a concerted effort to Deny, Deflect, Defend this “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, I don’t even think you could deny that fact. What would Jesus Christ, say about this so called Church, I have a few thoughts myself.—matt-stone

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