NYC Rally Protests Hearing on US Muslims

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NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd has gathered in New York's Times Square to speak out against a planned congressional hearing on Muslims' role in homegrown terrorism.

People at the rally Sunday were carrying signs saying "Today I am a Muslim, too."

They have heard from the imam who was an initial key supporter of plans to develop a mosque near ground zero. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says the real enemy isn't Muslims or Islam, it's extremism.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, U.S. Rep. Peter King, says affiliates of al-Qaida are radicalizing some American Muslims and that he plans to hold hearings on the threat they pose to the U.S.

Another group held a rally in support of King's hearing.

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