After a House hearing this month about the radicalization of Muslims sparked tears and accusations of demonization of an entire group of people, a Senate hearing Tuesday will look at what’s being done to address anti-Muslim discrimination.
“Our Constitution protects the free exercise of religion for all Americans,” said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who will chair the hearing. He said it follows a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry over the past year.
Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy organization based in San Francisco, said the incidents of bigotry stem from a number of things, including media attention to a proposed community center and mosque a few blocks from the World Trade Center and attempts to score “political points” by saying President Obama is a Muslim. He is a Christian.