Anyway, Peter King conducted his modern day witch-hunt...I mean hearings, this past week, and here is a shock; like others, I don't feel any safer. (Gee, I wonder why?) Still, I am glad to see that the hearings didn't go as planned for Mr. King.
"Peter King didn't just outrage American Muslims on Thursday - he broke a grieving mom's heart.
Talat Hamdani, whose NYPD cadet son Salman was killed on 9/11, watched King's controversial hearing into the radicalization of U.S. Muslims with mounting fury.
'This is an indictment of the American Muslims,' she said. 'When 9/11 happened, I lost my son. ... And now, my country has been taken away from me.'
A Pakistani immigrant who grew up in Bayside, Queens, Mohammed Salman Hamdani perished while rescuing Sept. 11 victims, and his remains weren't found for six months.
During that time, the young cadet's reputation was smeared by speculation he was in cahoots with the terrorists simply because he was a Muslim. He was declared a hero posthumously.
'My son was investigated even after he gave the ultimate sacrifice,' Hamdani said, her eyes welling up with tears. "Until his remains were found.'
Hamdani scoffed at King's stated reason for a congressional hearing - that U.S. Muslims are doing too little to fight terrorism.
'Peter King - he lost the battle,' said Hamdani, who now lives in Suffolk County. 'He lost his battle.'
Hamdani spoke out after Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) - the first Muslim member of Congress - denounced King's hearing and broke down crying as he invoked the memory of Salman Hamdani.
'His life should not be defined as a member of an ethnic group or a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow citizens," he said, wiping his eyes.
Ellison's unexpectedly emotional testimony silenced the hearing room, but King appeared to be unmoved by his wrenching words.
King, who has been accused of mounting a witch hunt against Muslims, was on the offensive from the start.
'To back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness,' King declared. 'Despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there is nothing radical or un-American in holding these hearings."' [Source]
No Peter, to "back down" would show that you have a shred of decency and that you care more about this country than your own selfish political ambitions. But you are a wingnut, so I know that would be asking for too much.
Ms. Hamdani, your son did give the "ultimate sacrifice", and I am sure that he loved his country more than Mr. King does.