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Major Muslim Groups Condemn 'Religious McCarthyism,'
Express Solidarity with CAIR
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 21, 2011
The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT***), a
national coalition of major Muslim organizations, today repudiated
Congressman Peter King's "religious McCarthyism" and expressed its "full
support for and solidarity with the Council on American Islamic Relations
Commenting on the observation made by a Washington Post
staff writer that "If King's hearing was about anything, it was about trying
to empower a different group of Muslim leaders," AMT Chair, Dr. Agha Saeed
said: "People can always tell who their real leaders are, even when Nelson
Mandela is imprisoned on the charges of 'terrorism' and Chief Mangosthu
Buthelezi is appointed as the chief minister of the Bantustan of KwaZulu."
AMT said in a statement:
"It is obvious that Congressman
King's hearing was intended to malign CAIR. We repudiate all such attempts
and stand in solidarity with CAIR.
"We thank fellow Americans,
notably Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep.
Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Laura Richardson, Rep.
Al Green, Rep. John Dingell, and Rep. Danny Davis, for their courage of
conviction in rejecting Congressman King's religious McCarthyism. His
agenda-driven hearing was a planned assault on the U.S. Constitution that
"While the vacuity of these hearings has been summed up by
the Washington Post in its headline: 'Rep Peter King's Muslim hearing:
Plenty of drama, less substance,' the discriminatory nature of these
hearings was highlighted by the New York Times as 'Terror Hearing Puts
Lawmakers in Harsh Light.'
"It was pointed out by several members
of congress that these hearings were not based on any independent scholarly
research on the subject and the witnesses did not possess any expertise to
qualify their generalizations.
"Past efforts to marginalize target
groups have always included a number of key elements, including seeking to
replace authentic leadership with handpicked individuals, undermining
legitimate major institutions and organizations, controlling agendas,
promoting internal divisions, and denying access to mainstream media and
"While we reaffirm our opposition to all
forms of individual, group and state terrorism, and while we reiterate our
commitment to help keep America safe, we also want to unequivocally state
that it is for Muslim Americans to decide who their leaders are. No one else
-- neither the U.S. Congress nor the FBI -- has the legal or moral right to
make those decisions for us."
AMT is an umbrella organization that includes American Muslim Alliance
(AMA), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in
North America (MANA), Muslim American Society-Freedom (MAS-F), Muslim Legal
Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), National
Association of Imams (NAIF) and United Muslims of America (UMA).