Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has scheduled his hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response” for March 10 of next week. The plan has already set off a chorus of criticisms — from leaders of various faiths, religious and community leaders in King’s own district, everyday Americans, Muslim political advocacy groups, and even King’s fellow congressmen — that King is indulging an Islamophobic fixation and casting collective guilt and aspersions on the entire Muslim American community.
And these critics’ concerns are not unfounded. At this point, King has leveled numerous statements and accusations which call into question whether the hearings are being held in good faith. In anticipation of the event, here’s a video report ThinkProgress has put together chronicling the representative’s more “noteworthy” claims: