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Rep. Peter King: “90% of Terrorist Attacks Committed by Muslims”

Rep. Peter King is banking his political legacy on hearings targeting the Muslim American community and the overblown threat of “homegrown terrorism.” To say that Peter King is well known for his animus to Muslim Americans would be a gross understatement; this has been revealed numerous times not just through the hearings but also through King’s statements and writings, (such as “there are too many Mosques in the USA”).

King is continuing his foray into anti-Muslim propagandizing, this time going on Fox News and spewing the false claim that “90% of terrorist” attacks in the USA are committed by Muslims. The fear-mongering is clearly heightened by the way in which King frames his claim:

What I am very concerned about is that while the overwhelming majority of Muslims are good people, the fact is even though Muslims are 1 percent of the population, almost 90 percent of the terrorist crimes are carried out by the Muslim community. And there are not enough people in the community willing to step forward and speak out against this and cooperate with law enforcement.

Notice the hollow disclaimer at the beginning, statements about how “Muslims are good people” precede many anti-Muslim rants.

Our most popular article, All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t went a long way in dispelling such notions; i.e. reality is far different. The graph below reproduced by Eli Clifton of Think Progress goes further in dispelling the lies brought up by Congressman Peter King:

It is unbelievably irresponsible for Rep. Peter King to nonchalantly speak in this manner, and the surreal part of all this is that he “Chairs” the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

Rep. Peter King’s legacy will not be one of a defender of America or the Constitution but rather more akin to the way we remember Sen. McCarthy from the 1950’s (he led a witch hunt against “Communists”). King will be remembered in history as the inheritor of the mantle of bigotry, divisiveness and sick political populist tactics.

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  • Senor

    Looks like Eric Allen Bell lost the financing on one project and decided it would be easy money if he just criticized Islam. The fact that spencer praises him leads me to speculate where he is getting his financing from and it is probably from Zionists.

  • Sir David Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Z A Sher
    For King Muslim . com

    I see a problem with your idea 😉

    ( sorry folks I could not resist and no I wont explain the joke to those who dont get it )

    Sir David
    Leftwing muslim alliance
    West Anjou Branch

    Winner of the Marine Le Pen award for Multiculturalism 2011

    PS Anyone notice that Marine failed to be elected to Parliment here in France even though she got 18% of the vote in the Presidential Election;
    too funny for words that

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Is it just me, or does King look like he’s taking a dump in that picture? Hell, he essentially IS taking a dump on all of us, metaphorically speaking, so I guess it’s apropos. Anyway, I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I think I have a solution. For King, its all about image. He wants to sell New York the image that he is anti-Muslim, though never outright stating it. What if we were to create a Muslims for King site? After all, he claims that most Muslims secretly are grateful for being spied on and having our civil rights trampled. Funny, because I don’t feel that way… nor do any of my brothers or sisters that I know… but then I don’t live in New York either.

    Anyway, wouldn’t it be funny to see what would happen if there was an (allegedly) pro-King Muslim group running around. It probably would do a lot more to hurt him in the polls, and to hurt his ties to the Islamophobia industry as well. I’d just love to watch the little shit squirm and back pedal. I mean… this is why we need term limits in this country guys. But then, stuff that happens up in Yankee land is a little beyond my purview. I’m just a dumb hayseed Muslim 😀

  • Steve

    @Pierre AbuSaif, those numbers are fictitious.

  • “Let us not assassinate this lad further….you’ve done enough….have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” —Special Counsel for the Army Joseph N. Welch

    http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6444/

  • Again – throw out the whole label “terrorism” altogether! Also – throw out the term “radicalization!”

    The term and its abuses are have become another form of talking about the crimes of “Others,” another method of marking “Others” as enemy, and of controlling “Others.”

    “Others” based on religious faith, manner of dress, country of origin – using the various definitions and modes of the use of the term “radicalization.”

    Both “terrorism” and “radicalization” need to be thrown out!

  • Pierre AbuSaif

    I liked the answer of this German Muslim scholar when he was asked about terrorism and Islam: He said :
    Who started the first world war ? Muslims ?
    Who started the second world war ? Muslims ?
    Who killed about 20 millions of Aborigines in Australia ? Muslims ??
    Who sent the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ? Muslims ??
    Who killed more than 100 millions of Indians in North America ? Muslims ?? Who killed more than 50 millions of Indians in south America ? Muslims ?? Who took about 180 millions of African people as slaves and 88% of them died and were thrown in Atlantic ocean ? Muslims ?? No , They weren’t Muslims!!! First of all, You have to define terrorism properly… If a non-Muslim does something bad..it is crime. But if a Muslim commits the same..he is terrorist… So first remove this double standard…then come to the point!!! , . . .

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  • Wanderer

    Isn’t he the guy that supported the terrorist tactics of the IRA? Perhaps moderate, fair minded loonwatchers should attend the hearings and call him out publicly on his insanity.

  • JD

    Murfreesboro Mosque: Eric Allen Bell, Filmmaker Who Supported Mosque, Has Joined Anti-Islam Movement

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/23/murfreesboro-mosque-eric-allen-bell_n_1619422.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) An outspoken supporter of a planned mosque that has sparked opposition in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has switched sides and joined the anti-Islam movement.

    Eric Allen Bell, a documentary filmmaker, was a fixture at court hearings and protests over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in 2010. Back then, he was making a movie called “Not Welcome,” which depicted mosque critics as Southern Christian bigots.

    Now he says the mosque is part of a plot to destroy America. He claimed the mosque is “built on a foundation of lies” in a recent op-ed piece at the anti-Islam site Jihadwatch.com.

    “I want to communicate that the biggest threat to human rights is Islam,” he said in a recent phone interview.

    Mosque supporters feel betrayed by Bell. They wonder if he was a fraud or has been paid off by anti-Muslim groups.

    “Only a hired gun would switch sides like this,” said Jace Short of the group Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom.

    Bell, a 44-year-old California native, moved to Murfreesboro in 2008 after a previous movie project lost its financing. A self-described liberal, he runs a website about spirituality and meditation called globalone.tv.

    An early, 25-minute version of the Not Welcome documentary is posted at

    As late as last November, he was still ridiculing mosque foes in a blog post called “Holy War Y’All.”

    “Of course, Muslim Americans making up less than 1 percent of the total population in this country, the idea that 1 percent will arm themselves and take over is nothing short of paranoid and psychotic nonsense, but it sells,” he wrote then.

    By January, he’d begun changing sides after learning more about terrorist attacks by Muslims overseas. Bell also read books critical of Islam by Robert Spencer, who runs Jihadwatch.com. When he tried to add his new views to the film, he lost his financial backers.

    “Hollywood likes a movie about outsiders being bullied by Southerners,” he said. “They don’t like the story I want to tell.”

    Bell’s new views made him friends with critics of Islam such as Spencer, who published Bell’s op-ed piece about the mosque in Murfreesboro.

    “Eric is one of the very few people who aren’t afraid to go where the truth may lead them,” Spencer said.

    Bell’s op-ed piece recounts the legal troubles of former Islamic Center spokeswoman Camie Ayash, a convicted felon who served prison time in Florida. He claims the mosque got special treatment from county officials, and said he suspects mosque leaders of terrorist ties.

    He also accused Lema Sbenaty, a college student who works at a local pharmacy, of leaking confidential medical information about mosque foes to him for his documentary.

    Sbenaty, who attends the Islamic Center, said Bell’s claims were false and that she told him that before his piece ran.

    “It stinks because he is trying to ruin my life,” she said. “If he had all these concerns, why didn’t he say something two years ago?”

    So far, Bell’s new views haven’t paid off. He approached members of the anti-Islam movement about funding his movie but has found no takers. He sold his Toyota SUV to pay his bills.

    Bell is writing a book about his experience and has started a new website called http://www.globalinfidel.tv, which he calls a Facebook-style social network for critics of Islam.

    He now says some mosque foes are concerned citizens whose methods for fighting the mosque were flawed.

    “It doesn’t help when you show up in red, white and blue and spout Bible verses,” he said.

    Mosque foes, he said, should be honest about why they oppose the project.

    “Don’t say that you are concerned about traffic and then out of the other side of your mouth say you are concerned about Shariah,” he said. “Say you are concerned about Shariah.”

    (Smietana reports for The Tennessean in Nashville. A version of this story appeared in USA Today.)

  • Garibaldi,

    In the description of your post you said that Peter King will be remembered as the Joseph McCarthy of our time. I agree with you, but that of course is only assuming that most people remember him at all. The truth of the matter is, if we succeed in stopping the Anti Muslim hate and paranoia machine, he’ll be little more than a footnote in history. He’ll probably only be mentioned in some history books in a paragraph or two, and fifty years from now, I wouldn’t even be surprised if most people in the US, even the ones who have a degree in American History, didn’t even know who he was or what he did.

  • mindy1

    What is his evidence ???

  • Regarding Congressman Peter King: Laila Lalami, in her article,”Islamophobia and its Discontents, The Nation, July 2/9, 2012, wrote the following:
    “Last year, Peter King, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, held a hearing to determine whether American Muslims are law-abiding people and whether they ignored radicals among them. (Replace the word ‘Muslims’ with ‘Jews’ or ‘Hindus’ or ‘black’or ‘gays’in that sentence and see how that hearing sounds to you. King once declared, without evidence, that more than 80 percent of mosques in America are run by extremists. He has also consistently maintained that American Muslims ignore radicals among them, when in fact studies have shown they are the single largest source of tips on terrorist suspects.”

    Garibaldi is right: King is more and more, looking and sounding like the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. His bigotry is obvious.

    Lastly, after reading Petra Bartosiewicz’s aticle, “The FBI Stings Muslims,” The Nation, July 2/9, 2012, I wonder if part of what Peter Kings’ agenda is, is to further intimidate Muslims into becoming FBI and police informants against their will just as the FBI has been shown to have done?
    Both mentioned articles are good reads and I strongly recommend them.
    As usual, good work and thoughtful comments, Garibaldi!

  • This just depends on the definition of “terrorism” – which is problematic. What is “terrorism” also then depends what that narratives are in the media and among “terrorism experts” after a violent crime by a suspect with a Muslim background.

    The reason why “almost as 90% of terrorist crimes are carried out by the Muslim community” is that violent crimes by Muslims (ex. Theo van Gogh murder) is “terrorism” while violent crimes by non-Muslims (ex. Alphen aan den Rijn shooting) are just horrible crimes by “crazy, evil people.”

    If the anti-Muslim bias as “terrorism” was removed from violent crimes by suspects with a Muslim background – it’s a safe bet that suspects with a Muslim background commit a very low – perhaps VERY, VERY LOW percentage of violent crimes.

    We should strongly consider throwing out the label of “terrorism” altogether…

  • rookie

    “…almost as 90% of terrorist crimes are carried out by the muslim community…”.

    So.
    I hope you understand this lonnwatchers.
    Terrorist crimes are not committed by terrorists, but by the “moozlim” community…

    Peter King got`ya!

    He calls CAIR radical group?!

    What a bigot!!!

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