Via Think Progress:
Shortly off the heels of telling Frank Gaffney that “Muslim Americans aren’t real Americans,” New York Republican Congressman Peter King has once more attacked the Muslim community, again exposing his utter ignorance of the religion.
This week, King went on the Laura Ingraham Show to discuss his upcoming investigation. The guest host asked King how many American mosques he thought were “infected” by “radical jihad sentiment.” King, who in the past declared that there are “too many mosques in this country” and called Muslims “an enemy living amongst us,” was unabashed in his belief that “over 80 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams”:
HOST: Congressman, how widespread do you think this radical jihad sentiment is in US mosques? How many mosques do you think are infected?
KING: The only real testimony we have on it is from Sheikh Kabbani who was a Muslim leader during the Clinton Administration, he testified back in 1999 and 2000 before the State Department that he thought over 80 percent of the mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams. Certainly from what I’ve seen and dealings I’ve had, that number seems accurate.
As Think Progress notes: “The best research on the subject, the Detroit Mosque Study from 2004, found that just “6 percent of Detroit’s mosque-attending population espoused” extreme views, while the “vast majority of American-Muslims” rejected such beliefs. According to a 2000 study of U.S. mosques, over 70 percent of mosque participants “strongly agree” that Muslims should be involved in American institutions and should participate in the political process.
King will no doubt continue to produce such ignorant and xenophobic all over right-wing media as his “sharia law” investigations proceed.