Republican Rep. Peter King Calls Islam an "Enemy Living Among Us"

February 11, 2004

Source: The Council on American- Islamic Relations

On February 11, 2004 The Council on American- Islamic Relations reported in a press release that Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) claimed February 9th on Sean Hannity's nationally-syndicated radio program that "'no (American) Muslims are cooperating' with law enforcement officials to combat terrorism. He added: 'I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists. Those who are in control. The average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don't work, they don't come forward, they don't tell the police...' When questioned by Hannity whether he was really claiming that 85 percent of mosques in America are 'ruled by the extremists,' King said: 'Yes. And I can get you the documentation on that from experts in the field. Talk to a Steve Emerson, talk to a (Daniel) Pipes, talk to any of those. They will tell you. It's a real issue.I'll stand by that number of 85 percent. This is an enemy living amongst us.'"