Rep Louis Gohmert of Texas has waded in as well. As chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security he has the power to start the inquisition. To President Bush's credit he managed to reign in the Islamophobia that has exploded in the past two years. Both King and Gohmert are obviously completely unaware that no religious group came close to emulating the 80% of Muslims that voted for Bush in 2000. Just recently, a prominent an wealthy Muslim GOP supporter in Denver left the party because of the rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric over the past two years.
The absurd and obviously unconstitutional vote in Oklahoma to ban Sharia law heightened the paranoid idiocy, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, no shrinking violet when it comes to conservatism recently ignited a new furor by appointing a Muslim judge to the New Jersey Superior Court. The right wing blogosphere has gone apoplectic over this, with comments like,
“New Jersey, the Garden State, has just taken its first step toward becoming the Sharia State,” and criticized Christie for being “willing to stand up to the teacher’s union, but not to the terrorist’s union.”
The hearings promise to be a complete farce with a parade of witnesses whose only distinction is that they belong to a vociferous cadre of so called 'experts' who have created a very profitable industry out of attacking Islam, In their eyes there is no such person as a 'moderate Muslim'.
If they truly want to investigate the rise of Sharia law in America they should strt in Utah where the state senate recently passed a law that criminalizes women who have a miscarriage due to 'reckless' behavior', a law that would make the Taliban proud.
The difference between the religious right in America and oppressive regimes in the Middle East is one of degrees only.