Duncan Defends Constitution during Radicalization Hearing

March 10, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC- Freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan was a leading voice in today’s radicalization hearings held by the House Committee on Homeland Security.  The committee hearings were the first of hopefully many that will focus on the threat of Islamic extremism in the United States.

During the hearing, Abdirizak Bihi and Melvin Bledsoe provided testimony which individualized the threat of radicalization.  Mr. Bihi’s teenage nephew became radicalized and was later killed while fighting for an Islamist insurgent group seeking to overthrow the government of Somalia. 

Mr. Bledsoe’s son Carlos became alarmingly radical shortly after converting to Islam.  Carlos, who changed his name to “Abdulhakeem Muhammad”, traveled to Yemen where he received instruction at a terrorist training facility and later returned to the United States where he allegedly attacked two US solders outside of a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.  “As a father of sons myself, my heart goes out to you” Duncan said to those two witnesses during the beginning of his remarks.

A significant portion of Duncan’s questioning centered on his concern that the advancement of Islamic Shariah Law is an inherit threat to the US Constitution.  Shariah law is Islamic doctrine that encompasses both theology and politics; existing to explain how the world should be ordered according to Muslims.

Duncan provided extensive documentation outlining the institutional threat that Shariah law poses on the United States.

“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.  It is my desire to see multiple hearings…examining the role that Islamic doctrine plays in the radicalization process” said Duncan.  The frustration that political correctness may be hampering our nation’s ability to combat terrorism was another major theme of the hearing.  “I am regularly astonished and outraged by this administration’s continued failure to single out who our enemy is” Duncan stated during the hearing.  “Our country’s security needs can’t be hindered by inflated concerns for political correctness.”