Peter King's History With Muslims

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congressional hearings on Islamic Extremism in America begin Thursday morning in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman Peter King (R-NY), chair of the committee, called the hearings in order to start a debate over whether American Muslims are doing enough to prevent home-grown terrorism plots. Rep. King has a long history interacting with Muslims who live in his Long Island district and some say his relationship with the Muslim community changed drastically after 9/11. Many complain that singling out one religious group and tying it to extremism is discriminatory.

Robert Kolker, Contributing Editor for New York Magazine, wrote an article this week on the Congressman's relationship with Muslims. Kolker says a rift between King and his constituents was never repaired after he read local reports of mosque members attributing the attacks to Israel.

Dr. Faroque Khan, former chief of medicine at Nassau Medical Center and member of the board of trustees at the Long Island Mosque had grown to be a friend of King's during the 1990s and had fund raising parties for the politician. He says after the 9/11 attacks their relationship died.  


Dr. Faroque Khan and Robert Kolker

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Layla from Detroit

When people take verses from the Qur'an out of context, such as the one about marital relations between a man and wife and wife-beating, they are only giving voice and credence to a literal and conservative interpretation of the Qur'an. Discourses on Islam are actually about Muslims and Muslim interpretations of Islam, because after all text is just text without meaning if it weren't for interpretation. Let's elevate the discussion to Muslim interpretations as opposed to Islam as a collective borg.

Mar. 10 2011 09:01 AM
Bill Frye from Denver

I've heard you interview two Democrats this morning on the Wisconsion affair and a like minded journalist.

Where's the opposing Republican viewpoint from a state senator?

For three weeks the democrats have avoided their elected responsibilities because they don't like what a majority vote would yield-a vote brought on by the result of fair elections in November.
Pretty clear big unions can't accept the will of the people then try and paint others as disingenuous.

Mar. 10 2011 08:56 AM

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