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Pleas, Protests as Islam Hearings Loom
Security official blasts stigmas ahead of domestic radicalization hearings
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2011 7:36 AM CST
A protester in support of a planned congressional hearing on the role of Muslims in homegrown terrorism holds up signs during a protest, Sunday, March 6, 2011 in New York.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(Newser) – The White House is calling on Americans not to stigmatize all followers of Islam, as Congress readies hearings on al-Qaeda’s attempts to radicalize US Muslims. In the US, "we don’t practice guilt by association," a top national security official said yesterday in what Politico calls a "public plea" at a Virginia mosque. "We must resolve that, in our determination to protect our nation, we will not stigmatize or demonize entire communities because of the actions of a few."

Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough later deflected questioning as to whether the speech was a response to the hearings, set to begin Thursday. When pressed, he added, "“We welcome congressional involvement in the issue. It’s a very important issue." Meanwhile, opponents of the hearings staged 500-person-strong protest in Times Square, notes the New York Times. “To single out Muslim-Americans as the source of homegrown terrorism and not examine all forms of violence motivated by extremist belief—that, my friends, is an injustice,” said a rabbi who was among the event’s speakers.

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Pamdouble07
Mar 8, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Hmm.... I was just thinking about Muslim immigrants.....immigrating to the US....the home of the boogymen, to live among the bad doers with no morals that need to be wiped out. Hmm... why would they choose to even come here in the first place? They certainly are not fleeing their home land due to religious persecution. They do not go out door to door to try and convert non believers to join thier religion if that is why they come. Just saying. At this point, I think it is wise that our government keeps our friends close and our enemies closer.
Jusus
Mar 8, 2011 5:19 AM CST
Well they did it to the Japanese
saucier111
Mar 7, 2011 12:55 PM CST
15 of the 19 911 terrorist were from Saudi arabia,they were al-qaeda.They now say the front money came from the ISI,thats Pakistan secret service.But bush, cheney, rumsfelt,went after osama bin laden,which are taliban,in afghanistan.They could of taken him out at torra borra,or several previous locations,but chose not to.WHY it would of been mission accomplished,game over.No need for 2 wars.Something smells fishy to me!