Chicago Leaders Stand Together Against Peter King Hearings

March 11, 2011– Chicago leaders gathered to share their concerns about the controversial congressional hearings being led by Rep. Peter King on the supposed radicalization of American Muslims. Below are statements of several leaders on the issue.

Jane Ramsey

Jane Ramsey, executive director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs will remain vigilant with our friends from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and many other Muslim organizations with which we work and partner. It has been our joy to work together over the number of years to create a better Chicago and to create a better nation.

Azam Nizamuddin

Azam Nizamuddin, chair of Interfaith Coordinating Committee for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Our concern is while our nation is in the midst of one of the worst economic periods since the Great Depression, while our local, state and federal governments are unable to balance their budgets, Congressman King is engaging in Islamophobia merely for political posturing… We are concerned that the hearings are not really seriously engaging in these issues but are really more or less trying to foment fear and misunderstanding of a religious minority.

Asaf Bar-Tura

Asaf Bar-Tura, coordinator of JCUA’s Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative

In these 10 years of the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative, our Muslim counterparts have been true partners on the journey towards a more healthy, strong and diverse democracy in America. As communities of faith, we share a commitment to civically engaging our members and we all face various challenges. But to single out one community is not only an insult to all of us, but it is dangerous to all of us. We call on our elected officials to carry out the task of ensuring national security with determination and with sensitivity, but not with misguided media spectacles.

Alie Kabba

 

Alie Kabba, executive director of the United African Organization

At a time when we as a nation have demonstrated our ability to extend the democratic space and to move towards Dr. King’s dream of a beloved community, at a time when we are celebrating the first African-American president of the United States and the first Jewish mayor of the city of Chicago, we as a people must learn that the rest of the world looks up to us…The American Muslim community is an integral part of the past, the present and future of the United States of America. What we see today does not really bode well for all of us. Congressman King is basically appeasing the dark instincts in our democracy. Those forces that only seek to look out for the other, the weak, the vulnerable, the marginalized.

Scott Alexander

 

Scott Alexander, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago

The sham that Rep. King is attempting to foist on the American people in his congressional hearings yesterday on Capitol Hill is as appalling as it is destructive. It is appalling that a man that is to Muslims and Islam what a KKK member is to blacks or a Holocaust denier is to Jews can be seen as a credible investigator of a community which he clearly misunderstands and for which he has great antipathy.

Oussama Jammal

 

Oussama Jammal, vice president of the Mosque Foundation

[Rep. Peter King] said “Unfortunately we have too many mosques in this country.” I really find that troubling. Do we have too many synagogues in this country; the question is going to be next. And how many Catholic churches and how many more temples? What is exactly the problem with Rep. Peter King—too many mosques in the United States? I thought that he is looking for the security of our country not the number of how many people worship…It seems that Rep. Peter King is not only ill-informed, but totally out of touch with reality and casts doubts—serious doubts on his ability to head our Homeland Security Committee and utilize its members in productive and meaningful tasks.

Noreen Nasir

 

Noreen Nasir, senior at Northwestern University

I have been raised with values of tolerance, peace and service to not only my community, but my country as well. As I prepare to enter the workforce, I am excited to serve my nation and join millions of other Americans in doing so. I love this country and the values for which it stands and I will continue to fight for those values for as long as I live. But as a Muslim American in this country right now I feel hurt. I feel targeted and I feel singled out in the very country in which I was born and raised. The Islamic institutions with which I was raised have helped me develop into a patriotic American Muslim and my pride in this fact overshadows any message of hate, racism or bigotry.

One Response to Chicago Leaders Stand Together Against Peter King Hearings

  1. Montana says:

    Why doesn’t this Peter T. King investigate the “Home Grown” radicalization of Irish Americans, who support the tradition wing of the IRA (Irish Republican Army), or Noraid (The Irish Northern Aid Committee), and being recruited by “Enemy Overseas” or worse “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, where they radicalize the priests into raping our young American boys, what about that you hypocrite scumbag.

    Peter King is a hypocrite, he supported the terrorist group IRA, who killed innocent British people, but hey I guess that was OK, right? Killing innocent people is OK, as long as they are not born is the United States, yup that sounds about right. I guess Jesus Christ would give all you extra points for that, NOT!

    No, there are no dancing in the street when Catholics hear about a pedophile priest, but there has been a concerted effort to Deny, Deflect, Defend this “Enemy Overseas” the “Catholic Church ”, I don’t even think you could deny that fact. What would Jesus Christ, say about this so called Church, I have a few thoughts myself.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/thu-march-10-2011-trey-parker—matt-stone

    47 seconds in;
    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/377120/march-10-2011/peter-king-understands-violent-radicalism

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