Despite opposition from the usual alphabet soup of Muslim Brotherhood-offshoot "advocacy" groups in the U.S., Congressman Peter King is forging ahead with planned mid-March hearings on what he terms domestic "Muslim radicalization." In a December 19, 2010 Newsday editorial Congressman King cited these eminently reasonable concerns as justification for the hearings:
As I became more immersed in attempting to unravel the radical Islamic threat to our nation and our civilization, it became more and more obvious to me that the moral myopia of Long Island's Muslim leaders and their apologists in the media was the rule — and that there were few exceptions. Federal and local law enforcement officials throughout the country told me they received little or — in most cases — no cooperation from Muslim leaders and imams …. I also know of imams instructing members of their mosques not to cooperate with law enforcement officials investigating the recruiting of young men in their mosques as suicide bombers. We need to find the reasons for this alienation.
We believe direct cross-examination of clerics from the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), including a frank discussion of their public "fatwas" (Islamic religious rulings), is essential to the congressman's critically important goal of understanding Muslim radicalization in America.