Posted by | March 23, 2011 18:06 | Filed under: Top Stories

Like Congressman Peter King of Long Island, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois will hold hearings focusing on Muslims. Unlike King, Durbin will focus on protecting the civil rights of Muslim Americans.

Durbin said the hearing is necessary following an increase in anti-Muslim bigorty in the United States, including “[Koran]burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination.”

While Durbin aides deny that the hearing is in reponse to Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) investigation into “radicalization” within the American Muslim community, the contrast between the two is hard to miss.

“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Durbin said in a statement released by his office on Tuesday.

“During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”

Not exactly the tone set by Peter King.

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