Rep. Peter King Thinks Most Mosques are Run By “Radical Imams”

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.

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102 comments

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

There is no denying that some are. I'd like to think most are not.

Duncan O'neil
Duncan O'neil5 years ago

"WOULD REP KING BE WILLING TO DO THE SAME "STUDY" OF THE RADICAL EVANGELICAL CHURCHES IN AMERICA"

Name one other than Westboro!

Alex H.
Alex H.5 years ago

Many countries are now dealing with the serious problems in regards to letting in "The Trojan Horse",ie:radical fundamentalist Islam.ALL Muslims want an Islamic world,their religion is a way of life,a cultural ideology which has crusading at its heart.There is no doubt that the majority of these people are "white-anting"the western secular democracies that have given them sanctuary and a better way of life.Why don't they just assimilate and keep their ideology and religion to themselves?I also include fundamentalist Christians in that statement too!However,the USA was founded on Christian principles and it has a right and an obligation to stay that way.Muslims should stay in Islamic countries and leave the rest of us alone!Countries like the USA,Australia,England,France,Germany and the list goes on.are just being over-run,and their generosity and largesse being used and abused to further what many see as an insidious Islamisation agenda.Women's rights will be set back hundreds of years if this goes on at the present rate!At least the British Prime Minister has seen sense and said that multiculturalism has been a failure.I wonder what he intends to do about it!!??

DON B.
DON BAILEY5 years ago

WOULD REP KING BE WILLING TO DO THE SAME "STUDY" OF THE RADICAL EVANGELICAL CHURCHES IN AMERICA WHO ADVOCATE THE OVERTHROW OF WHAT THEY SEE AS THE WRONG VIEW OF AMERICA'S FUTURE? I WONDER HOW MANY EVANGELICAL PREACHERS WILL SERMONIZE THEIR VERSION OF HATE POLITICS TONIGHT AND ON SUNDAY?

Duncan O'neil
Duncan O'neil5 years ago

"The most radical people in the US are the tea party. When are we going to get control of them?"

Just how is that so? Examples please?

Richelle R.
Richelle R.5 years ago

The most radical people in the US are the tea party. When are we going to get control of them?

Jack T.
Jack T.5 years ago

"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."

Well, they would, wouldn't they, when they know that 6% of their congregation have extreme views and would not hesitate to do them harm should they show any deviation from the 'approved' message.

Duncan O'neil
Duncan O'neil5 years ago

Ann left a comment

"I would say that, in fact, the number of radical mosques and the number of radical Christian churches, the mosques are probably more centrist overall."

I have never heard of any Christian churches sending out its members strapped into bombs to blow up a mall, coffee shop, or wedding! Guess that alters the focus of your claim!
But that aside - "radical" is "radical". Radical can never be centrist!

Ann G.
Ann G.5 years ago

I would say that, in fact, the number of radical mosques and the number of radical Christian churches, the mosques are probably more centrist overall.

Ernest R.
Ernest R.5 years ago

Camila K. I am confused .Is your post criticizing Muslim imams or their accusers ?