A quick and dirty post, with some good links for those looking to catch up on the heck is up with the King hearings into the American Muslim Community.
- Excellent one-stop shopping post at Mother Jones, laying out the backstory and facts of the hearings: Peter King’s Radicalization Hearings, Explained.
- The House Committee on Homeland Security site – the bare structure of the hearings, including panel composition, and, not for nothing, their actual name: “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.”
- Adam Serwer’s excellent post explaining why the composition of the panels is part of the problem,”King’s Strategically Arranged Hearing Panels”: “The only Muslims on the third panel will be people prepared to parrot King’s unsubstantiated, negative views of Islam and American Muslims.”
- Adam Serwer’s excellent post on the inconsistencies in King’s approach to terrorism as a concept: “But How Does King Feel About Hamas?”: “If King applied his principles consistently, he’d be calling for the Obama administration to negotiate with Hamas.” Continue reading
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Tagged Christianity, Dana Rohrabacher, Deborah Pauly, Ed Royce, Gary Miller, Interfaith, Islam, Judaism, Muslims, patriotism, Peter King, Yorba Linda
The observant reader is by now aware that our very own Angry Black Lady is also a Lady With Many Smart Friends, and one of her friends, Kumar, drafted a really wonderful letter to his US Representative, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), in response to the ugly events that took place in Yorba Linda on February 13. I wanted to post it here, as it really is a terrific example of what these letters can look like. “I challenge you,” Kumar writes,”to toss aside your party affiliation and stand for dignity, respect and tolerance of all human beings, regardless of religion” — and that’s pretty much the whole enchilada right there, isn’t it?
I am writing to an elected official for the first time in my 43 years.
I’m sure you know by now what took place in Yorba Linda on February 13th. I am referring, by the way, to the so-called protest, not the peaceful, family-oriented, faith-based humanitarian event that was disrupted in a shameful manner.
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Tagged Christianity, Dana Rohrabacher, Deborah Pauly, Ed Royce, Gary Miller, Interfaith, Islam, Judaism, Muslims, patriotism, Yorba Linda
On February 13, members of a faith-based charitable organization gathered in Yorba Linda, California to raise funds to support women’s shelters, help the homeless and combat hunger.
This same organization is active in interfaith outreach. One of its leaders offered the opening prayers at the recent inauguration of the governor of Illinois, and it will be holding its annual banquet in Chicago this weekend, the theme of which is “Fighting Fear, Teaching Tolerance.”
You can understand why, then, on February 13, a handful of elected officials — specifically: Yorba City councilwoman Deborah Pauly, US Congressman Ed Royce, and US Congressman Gary Miller — joined a group of a few hundred protesters (shouting such things as “Go back home!” and “USA!” and, for good measure: “Fuck you!”), in order to declare the faith-based philanthropic event “pure, unadulterated evil.”
Oh wait. Perhaps that’s actually utterly incomprehensible — nay: batshit crazy.
Posted in Criminally Stupid, Culture Critic, Emily L. Hauser, Political Shenanigans, Tales and Tirades, What the Crap!?
Tagged Christianity, Deborah Pauly, Ed Royce, Gary Miller, Interfaith, Islam, Judaism, Muslims, patriotism, Yorba Linda