Exhibit A in why we can’t have a serious conversation about the threat of terrorism in this country: The Illinois Democrat who likened US troops to Nazis is planning hearings on Muslim civil rights to retaliate for Rep. Peter King’s hearings on the threat of radical Islam.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) announced Tuesday that he will hold Congress’ first-ever hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims next week. The hearing comes a little more than two weeks after a Republican in Congress made headlines by holding a controversial hearing on the radicalization of Muslim Americans.
The release announcing the hearing said it is in response to the “pike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year including Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination.”
There’s a lot in that, and much of it is or once was protected by the First Amendment. The “restrictions on mosque construction” obviously refers to the Ground Zero Mosque.