The following editorial appeared Wednesday in the New York Post. To see the original, click here.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has slammed Rep. Peter King for his alleged "bigoted" remarks, but the Long Island Republican is standing his ground.
Good for him -- because what motivates King is a legitimate concern for the security of Americans, and he's not going to let such allegations silence him.
King was commenting Friday on the Department of Homeland Security's inflammatory report on "right-wing extremism." He noted that DHS "never put out a report saying . . . look out for Islamic terrorists in our country" or "that very few Muslims come forward to cooperate with the police" on terrorism.
"If they sent out a report like that," he added, "there would be hell to pay."
No doubt. Even the Obama folks seem to go out of their way to avoid mentioning Islam and terror in one sentence.
King rightly acknowledges that most US Muslims are loyal and oppose terrorism. But he also says too many won't come forward and cooperate with law-enforcement agencies investigating terrorist threats.
He's made similar remarks before, basing them on talks with law-enforcement officials and other information.
CAIR, it should be noted, was named an unindicted co-conspirator by prosecutors in 2007 in connection with a plot to support the terrorists of Hamas.
Far from bigotry, King understands that the world is still a dangerous place, that America still has terrorist enemies -- with ties to radical Islam. He deserves to be praised -- not bashed.