For the record, I'm not anti-Irish - in fact, I am 3/8 Irish. That said, it's individuals like House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), that make it impossible for me to be a Republican no matter how tightly I hold my nose.
King, a loud mouthed, bigoted Irish Catholic who has past ties to supporting IRA terrorism, had the audacity to hold so-called hearings "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community's Response." Not that King would know what objectivity was even if it hit him on the side of the head with a 2x4.
Before turning to an interesting suggestion in a column at Irish Central, the Washington Post notes in part as follows in respect to King's "hearings":
King said, reports from law enforcement and the Obama administration indicated that Islamic terrorists were seeking to recruit American Muslims. And he cited a public opinion poll that showed support for suicide bombings among a small fraction of Muslim men.
But the hearing did not deliver answers on the same scale as its questions. None of the seven witnesses were leaders of large, national Muslim organizations, or national experts on law enforcement.
Not all in attendance were please with King's demagoguery. Here are highlights:
"It has already been classified as a way to demonize and castigate," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.). She waved a copy of the Constitution and said the hearing might be a violation of laws prohibiting religious discrimination: "This hearing right now is playing into al-Qaeda, around the world."
The day's most dramatic moment came during testimony from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslims in Congress. Ellison choked up repeatedly as he told the story of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, a Muslim first responder who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Ellison described Hamdani's love for his country and for "Star Wars," and testified how rumors had falsely connected him to the terrorists behind the attacks. "It was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed," Ellison said, his voice breaking. "Mohammad Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans."
Now to the suggestion from a column in Irish Central, which poses a possibly merit-worthy proposal under which Rep. Keith Ellison could investigate domestic criminals also operating under the cloak of a religion. Personally, I like the proposal which has the potenial for great fun and much-needed fact-finding. Here are some highlights:
Why not have Muslim congressman Keith Ellison investigate the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals? After all the latest shocking revelations from Philadelphia where 21 priest have now been suspended en masse surely points to something very rotten indeed in the nature of Catholicism.
While not terrorism it is a uniquely filthy crime nonetheless, the abuse and damage of young defenceless children. There have been 12,000 cases of clerical sex abuse in the United States, a remarkably under reported crime and the real numbers are obviously much higher.
If Congressman Peter King, a devout Irish Catholic, feels certain he can plumb the depths of what is wrong with the Muslim religion perhaps Rep. Ellison can do the same for the Catholic religion.
It is no easy task. Frank Keating , a prominent Catholic and Oklahoma governor resigned from a Catholic Church oversight committee claiming that bishops were acting like mafia dons covering up evidence of horrific child abuse. He might be a very interesting witness for the Ellison hearings.
Then there is the possibility that the investigation could go all the way to the top, to the pope himself, who has much to answer for in the realm of child abuse cover-up.
Can't you just hear the shrieks of religion-based bigotry coming from the lips of Peter King and blowhard Bill Donohue of the Catholic League? It would be delicious to watch!