Senate to hold hearing on Muslim civil rights

CHICAGO Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm EDT

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Senate hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry set for next week drew praise from American Muslims who see it as a "counterweight" to a congressional probe into Muslim radicalization.

Senator Dick Durbin, who will chair the March 29 hearing, said it was being held in response to recent incidents targeting Muslims such as Koran burnings and restrictions on mosque construction.

Representative Peter King, who convened hearings on March 10, said Muslim Americans must do more to combat Islamic radicalization as al Qaeda targets them to help carry out terrorism plots.

The New York Republican has accused the Muslim community of refusing to cooperate with law enforcement and charged that preaching in some U.S. mosques was leading to radicalization.

"We view the upcoming hearing as a very positive development and a counterweight to the very biased hearing put on by Representative King recently," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said on Thursday.

"Unfortunately there's a rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society that a hearing like that put on by Representative King seeks to exploit and promote," Hooper said.

Durbin, a senior Democrat from Illinois, did not mention King's hearing in a statement announcing his plans.

"During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance," Durbin said. "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."

Witnesses slated to testify included Muslim civil rights lawyer Farhana Khera, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, former Justice Department official Alexander Acosta, and former Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

It will be the first hearing held by the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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DrJJJJ wrote:
Muslim leaders need to learn to speak up loudly and clearly against terrorism!

Mar 24, 2011 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
“The person they represent me to be not only does not exist but could not possibly exist.” (Bernard Shaw)

Such I believe to be the nature of the representation of Gods in their various incarnations and associated interconnected human entities deemed to be their respective representatives on earth.

Religious text continues to infect the human mind with imaginings and resultant actions which continue to spread terror and suppression amongst adherents as well as non-adherents in the rest of humanity.

Whatever good Religions purport to deliver are swamped by their vilification of other. It would be of great convenience for humanity if such vilification, as Plato rightly recommended , were removed from Religious text and informing the nature of new citizens. For such text informs evil actions.

Particularly since the cost of adherence and devotion to various Deities can be quite high for diligent adherents who wishes to maximize the return on their investment of time and in the case of women humiliation and subjugation relative to men. Which is why women can be the most ferocious in their demand for the heads of non-adherents as their sacrifice are clearly much more than males within the same religious entity.

In fact the nature of women’s place within religions would lead one to surmise religions were in fact created by Man to subjugate women. Not being able to justify such a state rationally Man derives the irrational notion of God to achieve the required result. It is rather a sad absurdity women at times become the most vocal defenders of such a state.

Shaw chastens our ‘morals with ridicule’1 and laughter results, with religion it is done with fear and demonizing other for grievous harm either on this earth or beyond or more than likely alas both given the purposeful actions of adherents.

Why was it Plato thousands of years advised, No, more insisted, “..a superintendence over the authors of fables” (related to Gods and associated Heroes(associated human entities))? It was because Plato realized as do psychologists and educationalists today such fables repeated by “nurses and mothers (teachers, guardians,..)..to their children,.. may thus mold their minds with the fables even more than they shape their bodies with the hand.”.2 In other words such text are not benign but opens “youth” imbued with such diabolical notions to an “imitation” deemed as “doing nothing extraordinary if he commits the foulest of crimes,” a real possibility.

We see today the foulest of crimes committed by Muslims and attempts to do so even in Australia, yet we refuse to confront the actual reason the “fables”, religious text which informs these actions of terror against humanity. Such as text contained in the Quran foundation chapter “THE COW” which vilifies non-adherents so venomously. We abuse those proffering such obvious linkages for what has been known to be true for thousands of years with bigot, racist, etc.

Usually such abusive statements are accompanied with the insipid statement which denies the reality of the terror and repeated crimes against other “Even though different cultures have different values and customs, in the end we are all people, with more in common than not.”.

The facts are our commonality of being human are overridden by the different values and customs where they support vilification and ‘grievous harm’ derived from the cultures foundation texts informing actions against other. Not to accept this in the face of the continuing application of and attempts of terror in regards Muslims against other defies rational thought.

Where if not from the Islamic texts themselves are these imitations of evil textual constructions coming from. To not point out these sources of terror and suppression is contrived convenience and a callous disregard for the welfare of humanity.

Are Coptic’s in Egypt to continue to console themselves with such notions “more in common than not” or the Shiite in Malaysia who are considered deviant and are not allowed to be spread because Sunni Islam is the official religion, are relatives of those blown to pieces on a regular basis, etc..?

The answer is clear delete the evil text or the terror against other continues.

Mar 24, 2011 7:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
‘commitment to religious diversity’ should not be at the expense of security and happiness for society as a whole. This is a price that has never been worth paying.

Common values and vision or chaos and violence that is the choice here.

Mar 24, 2011 12:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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