As Rep. Peter King Prepares To Investigate Muslims, White House Rightfully Praises Them
As House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King prepares to investigate Muslims, supporters of Muslims demonstrated in Times Square to protest this move, and the White House is making clear that they are not part of the problem but part of the solution.
Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough set the Obama administration’s tone for discussions as tensions escalate before the first in a series of congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization. The hearings, chaired by New York Republican Peter King, will focus on the level of cooperation from the Muslim community to help law enforcement combat radicalization.
King continues to insist that the American Muslim community hasn’t done enough to defray terrorism.
“I don’t believe there is sufficient cooperation” by American Muslims with law enforcement, King said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Certainly my dealings with the police in New York and FBI and others say they do not believe they get the same — they do not give the level of cooperation that they need.”
McDonough is making it clear that King’s message is not endorsed by the Obama administration.
McDonough spoke to an interfaith forum at a Northern Virginia mosque known for its longtime relationship and cooperation with the FBI. The executive director of the center, Imam Mohamed Magid, also spoke, as did speakers from a local synagogue and a Presbyterian church…
During his remarks Sunday, McDonough called the mosque a “typically American place” and said it reminded him of his Catholic parish where he grew up in Minnesota.
“Being religious is never un-American. Being religious is quintessentially American,” he said.
He commended the mosque’s members for taking “an unequivocal stand against terrorism.”…
“No community can be expected to meet a challenge as complex as this alone,” McDonough said. “No one community can be expected to become experts in terrorist organizations, how they are evolving, how they are using new tools and technology to reach our young people.”
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