The Rep. King Hearings and Sharia Hysteria

This week, the House Homeland Security Committee will begin its hearings on homegrown radicalization, which looks like it will be a sober analysis of one of the most serious national-security threats facing the U.S. Obviously it’s important that hyperbole on either side of the issue doesn’t overshadow the focus of the inquiry. And that’s why two competing rallies being held in New York today are disconcerting.

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The Rep. King Hearings and Sharia Hysteria

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