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Published on: March 6, 2011 08:26 PM
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Protesters gather at the "Today, I Am A Muslim, Too" rally to protest against a planned congressional hearing on the role of Muslims in homegrown terrorism, Sunday, March 6, 2011 in New York. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says affiliates of al-Qaida are radicalizing some American Muslims and that he plans to hold hearings on the threat they pose to the U.S. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)New York, NY - Some 300 people gathered in Times Square on Sunday to speak out against a planned congressional hearing on Muslim terrorism, criticizing it as xenophobic and saying that singling out Muslims, rather than extremists, is unfair.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and the imam who’s a co-founder of a planned Islamic center near the World Trade Center site were among those who addressed the crowd.

“Our real enemy is not Islam or Muslims,” said the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf. “The enemy is extremism and radicalism and radical ideology.”

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, has said that affiliates of al-Qaida are radicalizing some American Muslims. He’s planned hearings starting Thursday on the threat he says they pose.

King, a Republican from New York’s Long Island, told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that he sees an international movement with elements in the United States of Muslims becoming more radical and identifying with terrorists.

Speakers at the cold and drizzly Times Square rally said King was targeting Muslims unfairly.

“American Muslims are as fully American as any other faith community,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier, founder of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Singling out Muslim Americans “as the source of homegrown terrorism” is an injustice, he said.
Protesters gather at the "Today, I Am A Muslim, Too" rally to protest against a planned congressional hearing on the role of Muslims in homegrown terrorism, Sunday, March 6, 2011 in New York. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says affiliates of al-Qaida are radicalizing some American Muslims and that he plans to hold hearings on the threat they pose to the U.S.  (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Democratic Congressman Andre Carson of Indiana, one of two Muslims in Congress, said he wanted to say “to the Peter Kings of the world: We will not take your xenophobic behavior.”

Imam Shamsi Ali, the leader of the Islamic Cultural Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, said, “We are here today because we love this country. We are here today because we want to see America remain the most powerful and the most beautiful country in the world.”

Simmons promised “to make sure that this rally is taken to the next generation and to a new age” by enlisting entertainers and sports figures to tweet about it, including Kim Kardashian, who tweeted Sunday that she stood with Simmons in “promoting love and compassion.”

A smaller group rallied a few blocks away in support of King’s hearings.

Beth Gilinsky of the Jewish Action Alliance heaped scorn on the Times Square rally’s slogan, “Today I am a Muslim too.”

“I want to tell Imam Rauf and Imam Shamsi Ali and all of the rest of them up there that I am not a Muslim today,” Gilinsky said. “Yesterday I wasn’t a Muslim. Today I’m not a Muslim. I’m not going to be a Muslim for even 24 hours, Imam Rauf, and I’m not going to be a Muslim tomorrow. You will not convert me.”



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 Mar 06, 2011 at 09:02 PM Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 09:50 PM charliehall Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

King can't hold hearing about radicals from all sectors because he personally was the most prominent US supporter of the Irish Republican Army -- a group that also had ties with Arab anti-Israel terror groups.

Pots shouldn't call kettles black.

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 09:55 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

We aren't talking about groups advocating racism, we are talking about life and death that muslim radicals have bestowed upon the peace loving world with a religious fervor.
The perpetrators of terrorism who happen to be muslim believe that our demise is their salvation and worship death, unlike peace loving people the world over who worship the precious gift of life.

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 10:16 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

This is good news. We must support these rallies as much as they support us.

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 10:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

With all due respect, what makes u tick? What makes ur brain work? How does a human being who is blessed with logic and intelligence be so misguided an naive? What goes through the head of a liberal? It's mind boggling.

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 10:55 PM Yanky Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

The settlers in Eretz Yisroel are not my cup of tea either, but they do not pose a threat to U.S. security. With just the smallest handful of exceptions, the terrorists and wannabe trerorists here in America are Muslim. Deal with it.

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 11:01 PM Sherree Says:

I don't feel like we have to step on eggshells anymore. To do so is to be blind!

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 Mar 06, 2011 at 11:33 PM unbelvbl Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

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How many terrorist acts, in today's day and age, were carried out by terrorist in the name Islam vs in the name of any other religion? So why do you stick your head in the sand and act if you don't understand why the Muslims are blamed for the death and terror that their followers have spread around the globe?!

I am not afraid to ask the question: why haven't the Muslims, who live in the USA, come forward and forcefully condemn the terrorists acts as they happened? If some Jewish terrorists would've committed a terrorist act I would fully expect the Jewish leadership from all groups to come out and condemn such an act, and I expect the same from my Muslim cousins. The time has come for the Muslim leadership to man up.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 05:36 AM Anonymous Says:

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Liepa Says:

We aren't talking about groups advocating racism, we are talking about life and death that muslim radicals have bestowed upon the peace loving world with a religious fervor.
The perpetrators of terrorism who happen to be muslim believe that our demise is their salvation and worship death, unlike peace loving people the world over who worship the precious gift of life.

Liepa u can't rationalize with liberals. Not even worth trying.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 07:49 AM oiber-chacham Says:

this proves once again how right michael savage was when he coined the phrase ''liberalism and leftis'm is a severe mental disease,and is suicidal

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 08:24 AM Anonymous Says:

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unbelvbl Says:

Reply to #1
How many terrorist acts, in today's day and age, were carried out by terrorist in the name Islam vs in the name of any other religion? So why do you stick your head in the sand and act if you don't understand why the Muslims are blamed for the death and terror that their followers have spread around the globe?!

I am not afraid to ask the question: why haven't the Muslims, who live in the USA, come forward and forcefully condemn the terrorists acts as they happened? If some Jewish terrorists would've committed a terrorist act I would fully expect the Jewish leadership from all groups to come out and condemn such an act, and I expect the same from my Muslim cousins. The time has come for the Muslim leadership to man up.

Really? How many Jews, including YOU, have condemned Baruch Goldstein?

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 11:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Rabbi Schneier has no business being there.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 11:51 AM PMOinFL Says:

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unbelvbl Says:

Reply to #1
How many terrorist acts, in today's day and age, were carried out by terrorist in the name Islam vs in the name of any other religion? So why do you stick your head in the sand and act if you don't understand why the Muslims are blamed for the death and terror that their followers have spread around the globe?!

I am not afraid to ask the question: why haven't the Muslims, who live in the USA, come forward and forcefully condemn the terrorists acts as they happened? If some Jewish terrorists would've committed a terrorist act I would fully expect the Jewish leadership from all groups to come out and condemn such an act, and I expect the same from my Muslim cousins. The time has come for the Muslim leadership to man up.

You must also believe Obama was born in Kenya for the sole purpose of infiltrating our country to start a Communist revolution.

There are literally THOUSANDS of articles written by prominent Islamic leaders who condemn, in the strongest words, the violent actions of the extremists. I can find, with a simple search on google, COUNTLESS interviews with Imams who have no problem stating unequivocally that these are terrorists.

You should try getting your news from... actual news sources. The fact that you bring up the issue of Muslims in the USA who do not "condemn" the attacks shows us that you get all your information for entertainment programs (Beck/Hannity/Limbaugh/Palin, etc.) as they are the only ones spewing that kind of propaganda. You should always remember that these people are not journalists and have no journalistic integrity at all (not that the left-wing infotainment media does either). A cursory examination of the facts shows that your premise is an outright lie.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 01:38 PM Crusty Says:

Reply to #8  
unbelvbl Says:

Reply to #1
How many terrorist acts, in today's day and age, were carried out by terrorist in the name Islam vs in the name of any other religion? So why do you stick your head in the sand and act if you don't understand why the Muslims are blamed for the death and terror that their followers have spread around the globe?!

I am not afraid to ask the question: why haven't the Muslims, who live in the USA, come forward and forcefully condemn the terrorists acts as they happened? If some Jewish terrorists would've committed a terrorist act I would fully expect the Jewish leadership from all groups to come out and condemn such an act, and I expect the same from my Muslim cousins. The time has come for the Muslim leadership to man up.

Read the article:
“Our real enemy is not Islam or Muslims,” said the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf. “The enemy is extremism and radicalism and radical ideology."

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 03:12 PM Oldtimer Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They are right in protesting against focusing these hearings on radical muslims rather than radicals from all sectors. There are lunatics in all religions who advocate racism and violence including right wing settler groups in EY. Should we also hold hearings on the Kahane followers who advocate expulsion of arabs from EY?

Actually, Kach and Kahane Chai are banned in Israel, and are on the terrorist watch list here in the US, without hearings having taken place. I would welcome hearings on those designations either here or in EY.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 04:42 PM ShmuelG Says:

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PMOinFL Says:

You must also believe Obama was born in Kenya for the sole purpose of infiltrating our country to start a Communist revolution.

There are literally THOUSANDS of articles written by prominent Islamic leaders who condemn, in the strongest words, the violent actions of the extremists. I can find, with a simple search on google, COUNTLESS interviews with Imams who have no problem stating unequivocally that these are terrorists.

You should try getting your news from... actual news sources. The fact that you bring up the issue of Muslims in the USA who do not "condemn" the attacks shows us that you get all your information for entertainment programs (Beck/Hannity/Limbaugh/Palin, etc.) as they are the only ones spewing that kind of propaganda. You should always remember that these people are not journalists and have no journalistic integrity at all (not that the left-wing infotainment media does either). A cursory examination of the facts shows that your premise is an outright lie.

PMO, your obsession with "Beck/Hannity/Limbaugh/Palin" deepens. At an earlier thread, where you brought up Beck Hannity and Limbaugh, but not yet Palin, I responded to you with
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You are truly obsessed with Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh, just as you are with Sarah Palin. There was no mentioning of any of them in this thread until you brought them in just like that, without even seeing a need for a segue. While I am aware that there is a finite number of talking points an average leftist like you can remember, and so all their arguments get reduced to “Bush lied, Limbaugh, Halliburton”, your problem is much deeper than that. Get help. And Gut Shabbos.
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Well, you did it again and undoubtedly will do so again repeatedly. Only this time, my suggestible friend PMO, you added Sarah Palin to your littany with my nudging.

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 05:04 PM czyrankevic Says:

e is totally of his rocker catering to anti americans.the only religon that has an agenda and that constanyly calls for killing non believers en masse are the moslems not hindus not christians or buddahist so yes they should be investigated thei immigration stopped and those here deported

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 Mar 07, 2011 at 09:35 PM PMOinFL Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

PMO, your obsession with "Beck/Hannity/Limbaugh/Palin" deepens. At an earlier thread, where you brought up Beck Hannity and Limbaugh, but not yet Palin, I responded to you with
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You are truly obsessed with Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh, just as you are with Sarah Palin. There was no mentioning of any of them in this thread until you brought them in just like that, without even seeing a need for a segue. While I am aware that there is a finite number of talking points an average leftist like you can remember, and so all their arguments get reduced to “Bush lied, Limbaugh, Halliburton”, your problem is much deeper than that. Get help. And Gut Shabbos.
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Well, you did it again and undoubtedly will do so again repeatedly. Only this time, my suggestible friend PMO, you added Sarah Palin to your littany with my nudging.

Good call... adding Palin was just the example I thought of. It had no other meaning. You will find my disdain for that walking bubble of hot-air all over my posts throughout the last few years. It is nothing new.

You call me a leftist, however, I'm not. Bush didn't lie about Iraq. I never accused him of doing so. I believe Bush was as honest as the information he was given. You can't ask for anything more than that from any man.

Haliburton? Well... when they find the missing BILLIONS in taxpayer money that they "can't account for", maybe I'll believe they were honest people.

Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Palin and Bachmann are all one in the same. They are all uneducated airheads who lie for a living (it is an EASILY provable fact that anyone can verify for themselves) and sadly, America's new "idiot class" believe whatever lunacy comes forth from them. The worst part is that they have hijacked the word "conservative". America's idiot-class actually believes that these people are preaching "Conservatism". What they preach is not even close.

Now don't get me wrong, Olbermann, Colmes, Schultz, etc. cater to the same level of ignorance on the left.

They're all liars.

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