LOS ANGELES - Hostile rhetoric by Republican lawmakers against the Muslim community in the wake of deadly bombings in Boston is inviting rebukes from rival Democrats for demonizing the whole minority.
I don't think all of this is very helpful, Senator Diane Feinstein told Fox News.I think the important thing is to get the facts.
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The Democrat's comments came in an exchange between her and Republican Representative Peter King on last week's attack in Boston, which killed three people.
In his comments, the Republican lawmaker called for putting the whole Muslim community under surveillance following the attacks.
We can't be bound by political correctness Policeâ¦have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there; where the threat is coming from.
They are getting people in our country, who are under the radar screen, who have clean records. We saw it in the Times Square bomber, the subway bomber in New York. And now we've seen it it appears in Massachusetts.
If you know where the threat is coming from a certain community, that's where you have to look, he added.
But the Democrat Senator hit back, saying that King's rhetoric was not helpful.
Let the investigation proceed. The FBI has very good interrogators. They know what they are doing, Feinstein said.
I don't think we need to go and develop some real disdain and hatred on television about it.
US Muslims were among the first to condemn the Boston attacks, without even waiting for the suspects to be identified.
King has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric.
In 2011, he sparked uproar by holding a hearing into what he called radicalization of American Muslims, accusing Muslim leaders of not cooperating with law enforcement authorities in fighting terrorism.
He has also called for stepping-up NYPD surveillance of Muslims, the program which terrified the Muslim community while failing to produce a single actionable lead or investigation.
US officials have said that they were not evidence that the alleged Boston bombers had any connection with militants groups overseas.
I am not aware of any evidence so far that the Boston suspect is part of any organized group, let alone al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or one of their affiliates, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin has written.
He was responding to allegations by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul that one of the suspects was trained by al-Qaeda during a 2012 visit to Chechnya.
"House Homeland Security Chair McCaul appears to have simply made up a theory that Tamerlan was trained by al-Qaeda, with no evidence, Zack Beauchamp, a reporter said on his Twitter account.
McCaul's accusations ignored the fact Islamist rebels in the Caucasus denied any connection to the Boston bombing.
The Command of the Province of Dagestan indicates in this regard that the Caucasian Mujahideen are not fighting against the United States of America, Wilayah Dagestan of the Caucasus Emirate said in a statement.
We are at war with Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against Muslims.
Republicans have repeatedly used inflammatory rhetoric against US Muslims, estimated at between six to eight million, to win votes.
During his campaign to win his party nomination for the November election, former House speaker Newt Gingrich had described Islamic Shari`ah as a mortal threat to the United States.
Republican aspirant Rick Santorum had also described Islamic Shari`ah as "an existential threat" to America.A Republican Missouri lawmaker had also described Islam as a disease like polio while another Alaska Rep. branded Muslims as occupiers' of American neighborhoods.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net