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Frank Gaffney: Busting Taboos at the King Hearings

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It is not everyday that Congress breaks a major taboo and, in so doing, performs a real service to the nation.  Last Thursday, however, was one such day: Representative Pete King (Republican of New York) demonstrated impressive leadership in convening and conducting a four-hour-long hearing on "extremism" in the American Muslim community. 

For his efforts, the Homeland Security Committee's chairman was subjected to tremendous personal attacks and partisan sniping - the wages of taboo-busting.  While those responsible for inflicting such slanderous criticism claim, in the words of one group, to have "defeat[ed] a major threat of Islamophobia," the real story is that Mr. King began a conversation about an issue that has long been deemed politically untouchable.  He also established that there is, indeed, a problem of "extremism" within the American Muslim community.

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Nelson Propane

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