This week, Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, will lead the House Homeland Security Committee, of which he is chairman, in hearings to assess the radicalization of American Muslims (“King charges the Saracens,” Comment & Analysis, Tuesday).
More than 100 American Muslim groups have compared the hearings to those held by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin Republican, and the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s. On Sunday, the coalition of groups speaking out against the hearings even gathered in New York City to protest publicly.
However, as an American Muslim, I support these hearings as a way to declare a unified position against terrorism. I participate in programs that spread a message of peace and loyalty to the United States by going door to door and to major events distributing fliers that relay our message of moderation. I believe these hearings will spread a powerful message of peace to all Americans and will encourage, rather than discourage, national solidarity.