US lawmakers set March 10 date for Muslim hearings



US lawmakers set March 10 date for Muslim hearings Washington: A key US congressional panel will hold a hearing March 10 into the radicalization of US Muslims, even as some lawmakers charge the goal is to tar an entire population as possible extremists.

The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing has drawn heavy fire since its chairman Republican Representative Peter King announced general plans to hold the event.

The Newsday newspaper in King's home state of New York reported that the witnesses will include two US Muslims with family members who became radicalized, as well as an American Muslim who has criticized community leaders for not working closely enough with US law enforcement.

Democratic Representative Keith Ellison, a Muslim, will also reportedly testify at the hearing, officially named "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response."

Japanese-American lawmaker Mike Honda blasted the plans this week in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, tying King's hearing to the World War-II era detention of Japanese-Americans in internment camps.

"Rep(resentative) King's intent seems clear: To cast suspicion upon all Muslim Americans and to stoke the fires of anti-Muslim prejudice and Islamophobia," Honda wrote.

"This should be deeply troubling to Americans of all races and religions. An investigation specifically targeting a single religion implies, erroneously, a dangerous disloyalty, with one broad sweep of the discriminatory brush."

PTI