After Shooting Of GOP Lawmakers, Senate Extremism Hearing Focuses Only On Muslims
Early Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, a 66-year-old white man opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game. Six were injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who remains in critical condition.
But hours later and a few miles away inside the U.S. Senate, a hearing on violent extremism paid little to no attention to extremism of this non-Muslim variety. Instead three selected witnesses spoke in sweeping generalizations about the world’s second-largest religion, and submitted wild conspiracy theories about American Muslims into the public record.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on “Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tools, Tactics, and Techniques of Violent Extremism” was organized by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI).
Among the witnesses invited to testify were Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani, both of whom are known less for their expertise on extremism than they are for their spreading fear of Islam.
#ayaanasra persisted to stand against Islamist extremism for humanity. ❤️ to our friends! #ShePersisted #HSGAC pic.twitter.com/zpRC6KZSIg
— Asra Q. Nomani (@AsraNomani) June 14, 2017
Ali, a Somali-born former Dutch Member of Parliament, is listed as an anti-Muslim extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. She’s called Islam a “destructive, nihilistic cult of death” which needs to be “defeated” militarily. She has said that Islam is “at war with America” and that “there is no moderate Islam.”
Nomani, a Muslim-American and former reporter at the Wall Street Journal, has supported the profiling of Muslims at airports […]