Commentary Magazine


Muslim Woman Removed from Flight Blames Rep. Peter King

Rep. Peter King has held only one hearing on homegrown Muslim radicalization, and already he’s being blamed for alleged injustices occurring in California:

A Muslim woman said Wednesday that she wants a Southwest Airlines crew disciplined for removing her from a flight for wearing a headscarf. …

[Irum] Abbasi attributed her removal to growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. and said that it was a direct result of the congressional hearing called by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims.

Abbasi’s case is being taken up by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has been the focus of criticism at the hearings.

It’s safe to assume that the people screaming the loudest about the King hearing never even watched it. Because if they had tuned in, they’d have seen that a great deal of the hearing was spent praising the Muslim community and the Islamic religion. They’d have seen that half the witnesses were Muslim, and that the Democrats used their speaking time to whine continuously about their objections to the hearing, to ramble about the Constitution, and to proclaim that Christians could be terrorists too (as if anyone had ever tried to argue otherwise).

The main object of concern at the hearing were corrupt self-proclaimed Muslim leaders like CAIR, not general members of the Islamic community. And that’s why it won’t be a surprise if CAIR starts ramping up its efforts to tie the hearings to “Islamophobic” incidents. The end goal, of course, is to put an end to such inquiries altogether.

By the way, if Rep. King is directly responsible for anti-Muslim incidents on airplanes, then who’s to blame for Jews getting kicked off planes for praying with tefillin?