U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., told a CNN audience Sunday morning that he will “challenge the basic premise” of upcoming congressional hearings on domestic Islamic radicalization.
 
Ellison, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., said the hearings will fuel the idea that “America is at war with Islam.”
 
Ellison and King, who have been publicly sparring about the hearings for months, kept their debate civil with show host Candy Crowley. “He’s somebody you can talk to,” Ellison told Hot Dish earlier in the week.
 
King is presiding over what he said will be a series of committee hearings on homegrown Islamic radicalization, which he sees as part of “an international movement.” Ellison is scheduled to testify as a witness as the first hearing on Thursday.
 
“I do agree we should deal with radicalization, and violent radicalization,” Ellison said on CNN. “But to single out one community is the wrong thing to do.”
 
A full preview of Ellison and his role in the hearings is scheduled to run in Monday’s Star Tribune.

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