"This particularly hearing...served only to fan the flames of fear and division," said Cardin in a floor speech. "My first concern is the title of the hearing, targeting one community. That is wrong."
He added, "The hearing shouldn’t have been limited to one religion. When that is done it sends the wrong message to the public and casts religions with unfounded suspicions.”
King, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, defended the hearing last week, saying, “To back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness and an abdication of what I believe to be the main responsibility of this committee, to protect America from a terrorist attack."
Cardin, who served with King in the House, said, "This spectacle crossed the line and chipped away at the religious freedoms and civil liberties we hold so dearly."