Friday, March 25, 2011

Podcast Episode 3: The Peter King Hearings

On this edition of the There is No Spoon show, we discuss the congressional hearings on domestic terrorism, organized by Congressman Peter King (R-NY).  The hearings, divisive and controversial, offered divergent perspectives of Muslim Americans: one as law-abiding people who are unjustly targeted, the other as a community ignoring radicalization among its own.

Joined by Corey Saylor, the Director for Government Affairs of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), the No Spoon team of Fouad Pervez, Reggie Miller, and Fatima Ashraf puts the hearings into context.  Several minority communities throughout history have been "McCarthy-ized" by the government.  Mr. Saylor provides insight into the importance of the hearings, the commendable reactions of the Muslim American community, and next steps.  For additional, interesting perspectives on the hearings, Peter King, and Muslim Americans, check out: this Huffington Post piece by Ingrid Mattsonthis Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein; and Representative Keith Ellison's (D-MN) testimony from the hearings.
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