Controversy arose again on Wednesday as several Democratic lawmakers rejected the singling out of radical extremists and terrorists who practice Islam.
The ranking Democrat on the House committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), said singling out the one ideology would ostracize members of the armed services and would ignore the possibility of other emerging terrorist groups.
“Focusing on the followers of one religion as the only credible threat to this nation’s security is inaccurate, narrow, and blocks consideration of emerging threats,” said Thompson. “Our military is open to all faiths. A congressional hearing that focuses on religion and the military is likely to harm unit cohesion and undermine morale within our military.”