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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Surprising no one, Rep. Peter King reacts to Boston bombing case by calling for religious profiling

Mediaite: In an interview with National Review, Peter King, the Republican congressman from New York, argued in favor of “increased surveillance” of the Muslim community. Asserting the need to not be restricted by political correctness, King said police should realize the threat comes from Muslims.

“Police have to be in the community, they have to build up as many sources as they can, and they have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there,” King asserted.
“We can’t be bound by political correctness,” he went on. “I think we need more police and more surveillance in the communities where the threat is coming from, whether it’s the Irish community with the Westies [an Irish-American gang in New York City], or the Italian community with the mafia, or the Muslim community with the Islamic terrorists.”

If Peter King doesn’t get slammed by Italian-Americans for the mafia stereotype, I’ll be surprised. And the only other white stereotype he could come up with is a regional gang. You can tell he was bending over backwards to come up with any example that he thought wouldn’t make him seem racist. You just know that “Don’t say black people! Don’t say black people!” was echoing over and over in his head while he was saying all this.

This would be the same Peter King who, as chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, held hearings into “radical Islam.” Remember what we learned from those hearings? Yeah, we didn’t learn jack. They were a waste of time. When a witch hunt fails to turn up any witches, it’s not just a failure, it’s a spectacular failure. King is an Islamophobic clown.

And hey, so long as we’re using religious profiling as a tool in crime prevention, how about we start cracking down on that Radical Christian Menace? Not every Christian is a terrorist, but every abortion clinic firebomber or doctor murderer is a Christian. By King’s reasoning, this alone is probable cause for surveillance of churches and Christian groups nationwide. To argue anything else is to allow law enforcement to be hampered by silly “political correctness.”

Hey wait. Isn’t Peter King himself a Christian? Yeah, he is, isn’t he? In fact, he’s one of those radical “pro-life” Christians who are always engaging in terrorism. Hmmm… It might be a good idea to have the FBI follow Rep. King around, to see what he’s really up to.

I’m sure that the congressman himself would agree. The risk he and his kind poses is so great we can’t afford not to.

[photo from Wikimedia Commons]

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