Lawmaker: Why No Hearings on Radical Christians, Too?

Texas Democrat Al Green questions Peter King's hearings on Muslims

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 20, 2012 4:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Peter King's latest hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims are under way, and a Democratic lawmaker used his allotted time to wonder why there are no hearings on radical Christians as well. Texas' Al Green, the grandson of a Christian minister, said in his five-minute speech that he "oppose[s] hearings that don’t focus on the entirety of radicalization," reports the Raw Story.

"People who see the hearings and never hear about the hearing on the radicalization of Christianity have to ask themselves, ‘Why is this missing?’" said Green. "Why don’t we go to the next step and ask, how is that a blue-eyed, blonde-haired, white female in the United States of America can become radicalized to the point of wanting to do harm to this country? We don’t have that type of hearing." Long Island's King, meanwhile, remained unapologetic about singling out Muslims, notes the Star-Ledger. “To deny that there’s any correlation between the Muslim faith and the biggest threat to this country today defies credulity," said the chair of the Homeland Security panel at one point.

Representative Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, in March 2011.
Representative Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, in March 2011.   (Getty Images)
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, Republican from New York, in June 2011.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, Republican from New York, in June 2011.   (Getty Images)
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