Some call the hearing a witch hunt. Others say it's a reality check.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, believes the hearing he has scheduled for Thursday morning is a valuable investigation into the "radicalization" of many U.S. Muslims.
The hearing, entitled "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response," will help lawmakers better understand the threats posed by radicals who live in the United States — and are tolerated by their fellow Muslims, he says.
On Thursday, a hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security will investigate "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community's response". On Monday, Tell Me More host Michel Martin spoke with one Muslim Congressman who voiced reservations about the scope and tone of the hearings. On Tuesday, Martin speaks with the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser whose testimony will be a centerpiece of the probe.
There is no basis in the scripture for the argument that the Jewish people were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. That's the declaration made by Pope Benedict the sixteenth, in his forthcoming book, "Jesus of Nazareth, Part II". The Vatican released excerpts of the book this week. The charge that Jews were responsible for Christ's persecution has strained relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths for centuries.
Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety in 1998, when members picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, who was murdered because he was gay.
Since then, the members have protested at the funerals of public figures such as Elizabeth Edwards, children killed in bus accidents and soldiers killed in war. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church spokeswoman, says the members want God to punish Americans for tolerating homosexuality. They picket funerals to make people angry, she says: They want people to reject God and be condemned to hell.
The First Amendment protects the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to hold anti-gay protests outside military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling backs an appeals court decision to throw out a $5 million victory for Albert Snyder, who sued the fundamentalist church after its members picketed his son's funeral.