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CSM: Why Won't Media – or Muslims – Address Islamism in America?

Authors: Peter Skerry, and Gary J. Schmitt
March 10, 2011

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Peter Skerry and Gary Schmitt argue that Muslim Americans should more openly engage in the rhetoric and misunderstandings surrounding their communities.

How worried should we be about Muslims in America?

That question lies at the heart of this week's controversial hearing about radicalization in America's Muslim community chaired by Rep. Peter King (R) of New York. Supporters call it a timely investigation. Critics call it a witch hunt.

But as Arab uprisings raise prospects for broader Islamist governance in the Middle East, both sides should use the hearings to reflect on how US policies toward Islamists overseas could inform the way we address Muslim activists here at home. Despite obvious differences, there are some parallels worth pondering.

 

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