Qanta Ahmed, author of In the Land of Invisible Women, wrote an opinion piece that ran in The Wall Street Journal today (1.7.11).
Fulfilling Our Duty as Muslim-Americans: There's no reason we should object to Congress investigating Islamist radicalism.
While Mr. King has a reputation for adopting polarizing positions—particularly when it comes to immigration—his hearings deserve serious consideration. "There has to be an honest discussion of the role of the Muslim community—what they are doing, what they're not doing," he explained to the New York Observer in a Nov. 30 article. "I talk to law enforcement people across the country; they will tell me. . . . They don't feel any sense of cooperation."
These concerns are reasonable. Histrionic objections to them only deter Muslims from fulfilling a fundamental Islamic obligation: Meeting our duty to the society in which we live.