Peter King and "Too Many Mosques"

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March 10 2011 11:29 AM

Peter King and "Too Many Mosques"

Much of the liberal opposition to Rep. Peter King's hearings on Muslim radicalism today has focused on King himself -- his past support of the IRA, his treasure trove of heated comments about terrorism.

That came to the fore just now, after Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Homeland Security Committee's ranking member, asked about the implications of a member of Congress saying there were "too many mosques." Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., took umbrage at that.

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"I haven't heard any member of our committee say there's too many mosques," he said. The implication was shameful.

King briefly took the microphone. It was him, he said: "I'd said there are too many mosques."

Indeed, he sort of did. It's complicated. In 2007, he said those exact words in a Politico interview, but immediately pointed out that they were taken out of context -- he meant to say* that there are "too many mosques not cooperating with law enforcement."

It was just one skirmish in the long-running war between King and CAIR et al.

*Edited this to clear it up.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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