(Reuters) - A Senate hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry set for next week drew praise from American Muslims who see it as a "counterweight" to a congressional probe into Muslim radicalization.
Senator Dick Durbin, who will chair the March 29 hearing, said it was being held in response to recent incidents targeting Muslims such as Koran burnings and restrictions on mosque construction.
Representative Peter King, who convened hearings on March 10, said Muslim Americans must do more to combat Islamic radicalization as al Qaeda targets them to help carry out terrorism plots.
The New York Republican has accused the Muslim community of refusing to cooperate with law enforcement and charged that preaching in some U.S. mosques was leading to radicalization.
"We view the upcoming hearing as a very positive development and a counterweight to the very biased hearing put on by Representative King recently," Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said on Thursday.
"Unfortunately there's a rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society that a hearing like that put on by Representative King seeks to exploit and promote," Hooper said.Gee, I wonder why.
Durbin, a senior Democrat from Illinois, did not mention King's hearing in a statement announcing his plans...
To translate from the Hooper-speak: "rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment"=kafirs clueing into the sharia agenda facillitated by leftist dicks and Islamist smoothies.