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Church Pedophilia Crisis Raised at Hearing on 'Muslim Radicalization'

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At today’s Homeland Security Committee hearing on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response,” Rep. Jackie Speir (D-CA) questioned the credentials of Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD).

Speir noted that she was a church-going Catholic who served as a lector at her San Francisco-area parish, but was nonetheless “no more prepared to testify about pedophilia in … the Roman Catholic Church” than others with less involvement in the church.

Jasser is president of AIFD, which describes itself as “the most prominent American Muslim organization directly confronting the ideologies of political Islam and openly countering the common belief that the Muslim faith is inextricably rooted to the concept of the Islamic State (Islamism).”

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The hearing concluded at approximately 1:45 p.m., after four-and-a-half-hours of testimony and questions.

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