Washington: Pushing a message of religious tolerance ahead of controversial Congressional hearing on Islamic radicalism, the White House on Thursday said the Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem in the US, but are part of the solution. (Agency)
"We believe that Muslim Americans are part of the solution, they are not the problem. It is through the helpful cooperation of Muslim Americans that we are able to effectively address this issue," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
"We have said that we welcome congressional involvement in this issue. We think it's an important issue," he said.
Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough had spoken about White House's position on the issue and violent extremism in the US.
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King has convened a hearing on "The Extent of Radicalisation in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response" on Friday.
"I believe this hearing would have been more useful had it taken a broader look at domestic terror and radicalisation," said Democratic Whip Steny H Hoyer.
"As currently structured, however, I believe it sends the wrong message to the Muslim-American community. We need them to work with law enforcement to identify terrorist threats, not be afraid of them," Hoyer said in a statement.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and several other groups have opposed the hearing and called on the Obama administration and Congress to provide oversight for what a new report says is widespread anti-Muslim bias in the training of law enforcement and security personnel nationwide.
Senior national religious leaders of several faiths including, Jews, Christians and Muslims have announced that they will converge on Capitol Hill on Friday to protest King's congressional hearings on the radicalisation of the American Muslim community.
Washington: Pushing a message of religious tolerance ahead of controversial Congressional hearing on Islamic radicalism, the White House on Thursday said the Muslim Americans are not part of the terrorism problem in the US, but are part of the solution.