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Now, A Congressional Panel to Protect Muslim’s Civil Rights

Now, A Congressional Panel to Protect Muslim’s Civil Rights

So much media noise was made in advance of Rep. Peter King’s recent “radical Islam” congressional investigation.  Now, we can wait with baited breath to see if there will be just as much attention paid to Sen. Dick Durbin’s proposed “Muslim Civil Rights” panel.

Via Politico:

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who chairs a subcommittee on the Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on March 29 on protecting the civil rights of Muslim Americans. The hearing is being billed as the first of its kind for Congress.

Durbin said the hearing is necessary following an increase in anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States, including “[Koran] burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination.”

While Durbin aides deny that the hearing is in response to Rep. Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) investigation into “radicalization” within the American Muslim community, the contrast between the two is hard to miss.

According to the Washington Post, this will be a first of its kind hearing  from the newly formed Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, Human Rights.

In a statement Tuesday night, Durbin emphasized that the Constitution “protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans.”

“During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance,” he said. “It is important for our generation to renew our founding charter’s commitment to religious diversity and to protect the liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights.”

Here’s hoping that this hearing, even if not a response to King’s, may be able to heal some of the divisions King’s hearings caused.

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2:00PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

How about protecting AMERICANS!!!?

omg but I am a Lutheran American and i need government help.

God or allah or who ever please help this country cause we are all a bunch of big cry babies

9:40AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Wouldn't it be great if the US protected the guaranteed Constitutional rights of people who are born with a different sexual orientation so passionately? They don't have equality, let alone the Special Rights granted to religions, & more so to some. Religion is a choice. No one is born as a religionist, they are raised to believe in whatever deity, superstition & practice & most of them practice discrimination in one form or another against someone else (usually other religionists, women & gays in particular), yet demand respect & special rights. They don't pay taxes, but their victims have to pay to provide their mosques, temples, churches with police/fire protection, street lights, pavement etc. How about a Congressional investigation into this unfair practice? How about an investigation into all the hate speech/discrimination by Muslims & Talevangelists against gay people? They can hate, but no one can criticize them? Special Rights. Sick of them all!

It's interesting that no one is asking why Buddhists & Hindus, the 2nd & 3rd fastest growing religions in the US (the 1st is Non-Denominational Xtianity & the 4th is Islam followed by 'None'), are not causing so much controversy, nor are they getting any special Congressional attention. Why?

Why is there no special investigation into the hate crimes against immigrants? States are passing anti-immigrant laws & they suffer violence, discrimination & hate just for being

9:40AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Thank you, Senator Durbin. I am proud to have you as my state Senator. Keep up the good work.

4:27AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Well, I agree, but that wasn't the original topic. IMHO I think Bush and Cheney should stand trial for war crimes. Sadly, the political leaders agenda is not necessarily shared by the citizenry.

3:50AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Monica R: I have nothing against anyone of any religion and do not think it is wrong to condemn violence against Christians and Jews. What I am trying to point out that if we allow our governments to use bombs to resolve differences and sell arms to dictators (which suit out own agenda) then we will never end this cycle.

3:17AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

@Helena Plum Bowyer

You yourself are pretty judgmental and obsessive. My initial comments about this article, which is about investigations and civil rights in the US, was that there was more to it than Robin lets on (and her reporting is known to be biased, and frequently inaccurate). So therefore I wasn't talking about NATO bombings in other countries, which in your book makes me a hater.

Based on that, and by your own words,
"For goodness sake, if we are all the same then we must extend our compassion for all. All acts of violence should be viewed the same and treated the same."
But when I merely mention Christian churches being burned down and hate crimes against Jews, you accuse me of "hatred so disturbing". I was saying nearly the exact thing as your quote above. Don't single out Muslims as victims either, when many others are suffering civil rights violations daily. Not all hate crimes are aimed at Muslims. Like you say.

"What do you call civilian deaths in Afganistan by Nato forces. Or those terrible pictures printed in Germany. How would you feel if a foreign nation 'accidently' bombed your neighbours in the night? "
I have gone to protests of the wars. I don't even kill bugs if I can help it. But the fact that I don't mention EVERY injustice in the world IN A THREAD ABOUT MUSLIMS IN THE US doesn't mean I don't care, or that I condone violence by anyone against anyone. See me on other threads about those topics to hear what I think of it.

7:35PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

I think all religions are shams. They should have the same rights as every one else, nothing more. If people have real reasons for not wanting a mosque in their neighborhoods, they have every right to voice that objection. They are very loud and intrusive, but so are the christian ones with the bells or music.

2:49PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Really, now, even about Muslims, who gives a hoot? In the land of Freedom of Religion we are now intolerant of all religions except our own? Give me a break.

11:51AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Hitler and many others committing crimes are / were Christians and yet not all Christians are extremists and murderers.

Sharon and his Zionist cronies killed and are killing thousands but not all Jews are the same or to be blamed

USA makes lofty claims of being champion of tolerance but still contains a huge number of extremist and bigots.

Try to make differentiation between the criminals and others who are law abiding and peaceful people just trying to make the ends meet but happen to have different belief than you.

LIVE and Let LIVE

10:59AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

"Muslim Civil Rights" panel well the way Politican's stand up there an talk about their religion an American's has listened to the mongrols named Bush & Bush the drunks I feel they need to be protected an I hope it happens for them all...since the Christians are the worse haters of the world always thinking thier way is the right way wait till they get to those pearly gates an are told otherwise an reflect upon how you treated others religion due to your hatred an stupidity of thinking your's is the ony one...My religion is LOVE !!!

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