Figures. Dems Will Hold Hearing on Tolerance and Islamophobia
Muslim illegal alien Tamsir Mendy was arrested last year for setting fire to a Marietta mosque.
Figures. Democrats are planning their own Muslim senate hearing to counter the hearing last month in the House on Islamic radicalism. They want to examine Muslims’ civil rights in the US.
Unfortunately it’s just a political stunt. If Democrats really cared about addressing hate crime in the United States they’d hold a hearing on violence against Jews. There were 10 times more attacks against Jews in the US than against Muslims in the last year that data was reported.
The Washington Times reported:
Just weeks after House Republicans held a hearing looking at the dangers of radical Muslims in the U.S., Senate Democrats are countering with a hearing of their own, scheduled for after Congress returns from a 10-day vacation, to examine Muslims’ civil rights.
Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, announced the subcommittee hearing Tuesday, saying there has been a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year that demands closer attention.
“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” Mr. Durbin said. “During the course of our history, many religions have faced intolerance. 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.”
The hearing will be the first ever before the Judiciary Committee’s new subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights, which Democrats created this year. Mr. Durbin is the chairman of the subcommittee.
It’s all a show.
The reality is that hate crimes against Muslims remain low in the United States.
McClatchy reported in August that more hate crimes were committed against white males than Muslims. And, there were ten times as many hate crimes reported against Jews than Muslims in the latest report.
Hate crimes directed against Muslims remain relatively rare, notwithstanding the notoriety gained by incidents such as recent vandalism at the Madera Islamic Center.
Jews, lesbians, gay men and Caucasians, among others, are all more frequently the target of hate crimes, FBI records show. Reported anti-Muslim crimes have declined over recent years, though they still exceed what occurred prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“We see hate crimes generally go in spurts, and are often in relation to international or domestic events,” Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Friday.
In 2008, 105 hate crime “incidents” against Muslims were reported nationwide. There were 10 times more incidents recorded as anti-Jewish during the same year, the most recent for which figures are available.