I can find no statement on the web site of Center for Inquiry or The American Humanist Association about the Congressional Hearings on Muslim extremism. This kind of witch hunting should be opposed by Humanists. If the concern is extremism and extremist causes of terrorism or violence that should be the topic of the committee. They should not be cleaving out Muslims for investigation. This is like new McCarthyism. And with the right of labor to bargain, this is clearly a distraction from labor and unemployment issues.
“It is true that specific individuals, including some who are Muslims, are violent extremists. However, these are individuals – but not entire communities. Individuals like Anwar Al-Aulaqi, Faisel Shazad, and Nidal Hasan do not represent the Muslim American community. When their violent actions are associated with an entire community, then blame is assigned to a whole group. This is the very heart of stereotyping and scapegoating, which is counter-productive.”
- Rep. Keith Ellison
- US Congressman, Fifth District of Minnesota
member of the congressional progressive caucus
I think you’re right Gnostikosis. The usual knee jerk (evolutionary response) is first, the individuals desire to survive when feeling threatened, then the survival of whatever groups the individual identifies with, then blame the other group. And it’s so easy for politicians to play on those instincts. I think this is partly a distraction for workers, the Wisconsin situation, and joblessness. They are looking for a scapegoat, as always, to direct people to. - Gary
My own opinion is that if Congress wishes to investigate extremist fringe groups which try to “radicalize” a specific demographic, they should invesigate ALL of them. Right wing, left wing, religious, non-religious, etcetera, ad nauseum.
It’s not as if any one group has a monopoly on bomb throwing whackjobs.
Fair is fair, but that’s just me. (Your milage may vary on this one.)
The hypocrisy of Useful Idiots for Jihadists liberals knows no bounds.
One , I am not a liberal but an independent.
Two, I an not so ignorant or inncoent not to know when a particluar group is being attacked for political purposes. It makes as much sense for this dingbat in Congress to be asking why the Muslim Mosques are not doing enough to combat terrorism as it does to ask why the Protestant Churches are not doing enough to combat the Montana Miltia.
I am against all terrorists, including Cahtolic Clergy covering up for their fellow priest’s sexually abusing children, and sothern (legal) gun dealers supplying arms to drug gangs.