American Muslims Must Stand Up and Denounce Radical Islam

In defense of Peter King's hearings.

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Like the Nazi movement in America in the 1930s, radical Islamists seek to use America's own laws and freedoms to gain power and influence. The very freedoms they seek to oppress, they use to seek support for their ideology, as well as to support their short- and long-term goals.

New York Republican Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, was right to hold a hearing entitled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response."

It's not the first time Congress has tackled the subject of homegrown terror. Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut held 14 such hearings between 2006 and 2009, and former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman held six in the House.

Moderate Muslims have allowed public opinion to view Muslims negatively. According to a recent New York Times poll, 43 percent of Americans view Muslims in a negative light.

In defense of holding hearings to shine a light on the rise of radicalization among American Muslims, King said: "The threat analysis is that the danger comes from this small segment within the Muslim-American community," King said. "And, unfortunately, not enough leaders in the Muslim community are willing to face up to that, as is evidenced by their irresponsible conduct over the last several months."

It is unconscionable for moderate Muslims in America and around the world to remain silent. They are as much the victims of radical Islam as any other decent citizen on this planet.

Now is the time for all good, decent, and law-abiding Muslims at home and abroad to come to the aid of their faith.

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