Posted by: greeningwashington | March 10, 2011

Terrorism, radicalism, and violence against women

This week the House Homeland Security Committee held hearings on the radicalization of Islam. The hearings are titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.”

Beyond the overly euphemistic title and the skewed issues presented at the hearings, the notion that a Congressional subcommittee would politicize an essentially media-created issue at such a time is troubling. How many radical American Muslims have inflicted injury on other Americans? More violent attacks are perpetrated against Muslim Americans by non-Muslims than are reciprocated.

In my opinion, the mere threat of violence by radical members of a community does not warrant such hearings. If Congress was really concerned with terrorism they would hold hearings to address the daily terror and violence inflicted on millions of women and children. How about that for a radical idea?

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