Homegrown Muslim terrorists? Couldn't be, right? CBS New York:
Long Island Congressman Peter King is facing threats - and getting extra security.
But he vowed Monday to forge ahead with controversial hearings on radicalization in the Muslim-American community, reports CBS 2's Tony Aiello.
King was heavily criticized at a weekend rally in Times Square.
"American Muslims are part of the American family and are Americans, too!" Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said.
But the congressman was strongly supported at a smaller rally nearby.
"Imam Rauf and his friends are trying to create a phony trumped-up civil rights movement," one King supporter said.
The wedge issue is Chairman King's decision to call a Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday titled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community - and that Community's Response."
"I want to show the extent of that radicalization, how it happens. Also whether or not the Muslim community is fully cooperating," Rep. King said.
This is such a no-brainer issue that the only possible reason to oppose King's hearings is to score political points. There is no earthly reason that Muslims should oppose rooting out radicals in their midst - especially since law enforcement says that either out of fear or anti-Americanism, many ordinary Muslims do not cooperate with the police or FBI.
I have a feeling this hearing is going to be an eye opener. And that might be why some Muslims are so opposed to having it.