I increasingly try not to have a knee-jerk partisan reaction to things like the hearings on Muslim extremism in the House today. I don't know all the details. However, I do know the principles against which such things must be judged, both Christian and American.
Love your neighbor and love your enemy. This is easy to conceptualize. How would I want to be treated if the shoes were on the other feet? What if I were being scrutinized because some people who looked like me had done bad things? How would I want to be treated? I am not allowed to hate or persecute someone because they are not a Christian. No buts. This is one of very few Christian absolutes. You must love your neighbor as yourself. No exceptions.
1. Individuals are innocent until proven guilty, and a community can never be found guilty. Only individuals can. This is not only an irrefutable fact of logic, it is an indisputable fact of the US Constitution.
2. Islam is a fully permissible religion in America. Islam cannot be prohibited under the Constitution, and US citizens who are Muslim have every last right that non-Muslims have.
3. There is a history here. In times of war or crisis associated with particular groups, there is a tendency for those in power (=non-Muslims) to go psycho in a way that our children make fun of. The McCarthy witch hunt for communists, the internment of Japanese Americans during WW2, we have a history of over-reacting.
Can you think of any other ground rules? National security concerns are important, and in times of crisis, rights can be curtailed. But the burden of proof is always on those wanting to curtail rights. I feel confident that we're nowhere close to that planet right now.