Ingrid Mattson: A Case Study in Stealth Jihad

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In a recent column for Canada’s National Post, the invaluable Barbara Kay writes about one Ingrid Mattson, a Catholic who was raised in Kitchener, Ontario, converted to Islam, and went on to become a major figure in the North American Islamic establishment.  Until recently she taught Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary, where, as Kay puts it, citing an account by Andrew Bieszad of his experiences as a student there, “Islam and other faiths were held to very different standards in classroom discussions.”

In one “interfaith dialogue” class, for example, Bieszad said, “I am Catholic and I do not believe in Islam.” Following this, according to Bieszad’s account, “one of the Muslim students spoke. She said that she was Muslim, and then she addressed me directly. In a soft, Arabic accented voice, she told me, ‘You are an infidel because you do not accept Islam’ and that ‘according to Islam you do not deserve to live.’ A second Muslim student heartily agreed.’ ”

Bieszad reports that when he brought such incidents to the attention of the administration, he was told that he was “intolerant of Muslims,” and that the best solution was a better “understanding of Islam.”

“Not a single classmate, Muslim or non-Muslim, ever spoke up in support of my opinion, even on the principle that different views should be respected,” Bieszad writes.

Mattson was not just a teacher at Hartford Seminary.  Until last year she was also head of the Islamic Society of North America, a leading national organization which, at the 2007 trial in Dallas of a now-defunct Islamic charity, the Holy Land Foundation, was named an unindicted co-conspirator on charges of aiding Hamas. The trial proved to be an explosive event, uncovering a great deal of vital information about the unsavory connections of supposedly innocuous Muslim organizations in the United States.  Yet it was almost entirely ignored – and, when not ignored, whitewashed – by the mainstream American media.

In a sane world, one would expect that revelations of links to terrorist groups would have something of a negative impact on an organization’s or individual’s reputation.  But that is not the way things work nowadays when it comes to Islam.  Writing about the ISNA in the New York Times shortly after the Holy Land trial, Neil MacFarquhar, as I noted in my 2009 book Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom, “completely ignore[d] damning information about ISNA that came out during the trial, including such things as its foundations in the Muslim Brotherhood, and its multiple financial contributions to Hamas through its subsidiary, the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT).”  As I pointed out, “MacFarquhar didn’t settle for just whitewashing the ISNA”; he also went on the attack against two members of Congress who had been critical of the ISNA, Pete Hoekstra and Sue Myrick.  Gretel C. Kovach, writing about the trial in Newsweek, seemed determined to dismiss the whole thing as an exercise in Islamophobia.

Only days after the Holy Land trial, USA Today ran a profile of Mattson by Cathy Lynn Grossman that was nothing less than glowing.  Amazingly – or not – Grossman didn’t even mention the trial.  Gushing over Mattson as the “face of Islam in America,” Grossman poured out the kind of prose that is to be found in American newspapers these days only when the subject is Islam.  Mattson, we learned, was a convert who had “found her spiritual home in Islam,” a “faith she chose at age 23, drawn in, she says, by Islam’s beauty, its ethos of service and its synthesis of life and faith in which every act relates to God.”  (When was the last time you read anything like that in a major American newspaper about Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other religion?)

The profile was a classic puff piece, and then some.  Every charming detail was in place (the “tiny, bookstuffed office” and “snug black headscarf”).  Grossman took at face value Mattson’s determination to build “a strong religious and civic institutional life for Muslims in America.” And Grossman was careful not to include any details of Mattson’s theology that might ruin the perfect picture, simply saying (in a formula that has become de rigueur in such profiles) that Mattson was “too liberal for some, too conservative for others.”

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  • kafir4life

    Ingrid certainly makes the case for muslimas wrapped in sacks. You can't argue that the world would be better off not being subjected to that mug. But that's not the issue. It seems that Ingy is one of those moon god worshipers that was invented by the pedophilic madman mohamat, who shat the contents of the most holy terror guide the koran following sex with and later a meal of his favorite pig, or "mom" as he liked to call him.

  • kafir4life

    Correct me if I'm mistaken, but isn't cair that terrorist supporting terror front group for hamas the terrorist organization whose members are terrorists and terrorist supporters? Same folk that worship that made up moon doggie invented by the false prophet and agent of satan, momamat?
    That them?

  • C"H"Martel

    My book, "Satan's Trinity: Hitler, Stalin & Muhammad," will be available within the month and one may pre-order at For the first time in history "HSM" appear together on a book cover. The idea behind the book is to make headway against the ludicrous idea that Muhammad should be conjoined with any religious leader/founder. Once this comparison, driven by actual names, has been made then it must be attacked. Once the attack has been launched then the attackers will be forced to defend their attack. Since the attack is indefensible then the "religion" Muhammad (if he existed) founded will begin to be viewed as the scam it is. This book has been written under the principle of KISS. And nothing is simpler to understand than Hitler and Stalin…..and now, Muhammad. Thank you for your time…….C"H"Martel

  • PhillipGaley

    I wondered why Ingrid Mattson—in the face of Islamic stoning, acid splashing, barbaric court trials and hangings, dismemberment, and all that else of that kind which the reader is aware of—was doing what she is doing, how it was that, so easily, she was able to blithely blink the predicament of sisters of her kind, . . .

    But then to recall, in the earlier days of airplane hi-jacking, I heard some one plea in this weak way: "Why are they doing this, can't they understand that, what they're doing won't get them what they want, they're just hurting people?".
    Because we are social creatures, and conjointly, for lack of training begetting sagacity, there is the constant impulse to attribute the characteristics of humanity in society, upon others—that, things are done upon constructive impulse; that, something is done which inevitably will bring the doer of it into closer association with himself and others of our kind; that, the doer of it is good because by extrapolation mankind are good, and so forth, but blinding proper consideration of the opposite thrust, i.e., to name just a few: the bomber, the arsonist, the hi-jacker, these all, are not socially-minded as above, are not endowed of the characteristics which make us social creatures, and to return, for foolishness in the speaker, than the frustrated plea: "Why are they hurting people?", allowing that one, no other option in conclusion.
    I asked a woman why there are so many women in musical videos on YT. She said that, women just love a mic. Every woman wants her work—hence, her life, to be regarded in something which makes a difference in the world. A mic can represent an opportunity for all of that and more.

    And so that, if you frame up an anti-social personality and endow your construct with the female impulse to "make a difference in the world", and to live in the light of the regard of many, you'll have a model into which you could fit any one of many of the Ingrid Mattson type in but slight variation: she couldn't care less about what Islam is doing to women, in neighborhoods the world round, in the name of "peaceful religion", all the while, she has found the niche in which her rendition of the female impulse makes itself known.

    And in this way, to wonder after purpose in insisting upon pasting some reasonable conclusion upon the life and work of the arsonist, the hi-jacker, the bomb-maker, or their facilitator in any such Ingrid Mattson type, manifests a failure of apprehension in the inquirer who may be so minded, . . . And to her advancement and continuing operation, as is mentioned in Guy Adams' and Danny Balfour's "UNMASKING ADMINISTRATIVE EVIL", evil is all about us and is The besetting problem in the governance of Society, . . .

    • StephenD

      Exceptional post Philip! Very well said. I would add that her self-indulgent feeding of that Narcissus beast in her only serves her evil master (Islam) and not her directly; indefinitely. I expect (would love to know) on her death bed she'll come to the realization of her failure as a human.

    • Questions

      A superb neo-Nietzschean deconstruction why Ingrid Mattson lionizes Islam (despite every reason why she shouldn't) and why in turn non-Muslims lionize her. Her job is to soften our hearts, so male Muslims later can harden them.

      The welfare state and the female impulse — but, then, I repeat myself.

    • kenkafir

      Send her to a Muslim country!

      • mc_donald hamburger

        she is lucky to be born in the west.

    • StephenD

      no wonder she has mic all the time. can she go to live in a islamic country?

  • cheese_burger

    "In a soft, Arabic accented voice, she told me, ‘You are an infidel because you do not accept Islam’ and that ‘according to Islam you do not deserve to live.’ A second Muslim student heartily agreed.’ ”

    Reply: Muslims are Pedophiles. Their ugly and insane excuse of a 'religion' requires that they be pedophiles, because the Monster they call 'Prophet' was a Pedophile. The fact that a female Mooze would vomit up the Islamic Screed about who deserves to live, and who doesn't… according to the 'Rules of Jizzlam', is an indicator of Stockholm Syndrome. In Islam, females are nothing… less than nothing… not even human… chattel. Heck, the Islamic 'Marriage Contract'… what a pathetic joke… read it… the male actually 'purchases a vagina', for his personal use.

    So this female Muslim should be pitied, in spite of her words.

    Muslim males, on the other hand, deserve to be treated exactly the way they treat non-Muslims… as the subhumans they are. And they really are subhuman. The Koran, Sira and Hadith are designed from the bottom up to do precisely that… to take little human beings, just born into this world, and to transform them into arrogant, lying, greedy, hate-filled Monsters.

    Sahih al-Bukhari, 9:83:17: "Whoever embraces his (Islamic) religion, then kill him"

    • So Happy

      I want to hug you.

  • sedoanman

    "Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, one of America’s oldest theological schools, was founded in 1834 by Calvinists who left Yale College to found a new institution of Christian learning. In the early decades of the twentieth century Hartford was a leading institution in the evangelization of Muslims.

    "…in 1973, Hartford created the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Its mission is to nurture Christian-Muslim understanding. In 1998, the center hired Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian-born convert to Islam with a doctorate in Islamic studies from the University of Chicago, to direct the chaplaincy program. Mattson is also the first female president of the Islamic Society of North America. In 2000 an Islamic chaplaincy program was launched at Hartford to train Muslims for chaplaincy roles in the American military. The number of students taking the Islamic chaplaincy training has steadily increased since then.

    "Today, Muslims make up 35 percent of the student body at Hartford Seminary, an institution which a few generations ago was training Christians to evangelize Muslims.

    The case of Hartford Seminary shows how the laudable desire to understand Islam and Muslims has brought a Calvinist foundation with a strong missionary emphasis to the point of using its resources to train and equip Muslims to strengthen other Muslims in their faith."

    Barnabas Fund Response to the Yale Center for Faith and Culture Statement: ("Loving God and Neighbor Together"…)
    January 24, 2008

    • Beth

      Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

      And Hartford is supposed to be a place of higher understanding? Right?

      There can never be ANY relations between Christians and Muslims. BOTH the New Testament and the koran condemn it….on a level that a child can understand.

      The koran calls the Son of God an abomination and all of His eye-witnesses (the apostles) liars…. (009.030) – (037.151) – (037.152) – (019.088) – (019.089) ….by one lone accuser who wasn't even there with them, offering no proof but his own say-so (where's the wisdom in following such a one?).

      The New Testament says:

      1Jo 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

      And so – there you have it. Islam is the antichrist, and not because I or any scholar says-so, but because the Lord of Christianity says-so (and on a level that any dummy can understand).

      How can Christians (if they really are) sit at the same table with the antichrist? (It's not possible – never was and never will be)

      So much for the wisdom of Hartford (and those who go along with the farce).

  • maurice

    There can be no question that one day, who knows how far in the future, the sad sacks who follow this particular philosophy will pay a very high price for their actions.

    If the dhimmi 'Editors and reporters, provosts and deans, government and military officials…' who are responsible for helping the deluded masses sustain their diseased "religion" are not quite lucky they, too, will be made to pay a price.

    That would truly be justice.

    • aspacia

      We are also pay the price. Look at the harm they have inflicted and the resulting harm we inflict against our enemies.

    • Beth

      maurice "That would truly be justice"

      Yes, it would.

      And I have no doubt, that while they're paying that price, they'll be blaming everyone but themselves. That's their very nature.

      (excellent post maurice)

  • mrbean

    American Thinker: Islam enjoys a large and influential ally among the non—Muslims: A new generation of 'Useful Idiots,' the sort of people Lenin identified living in liberal democracies who furthered the work of communism. This new generation of Useful Idiots also lives in liberal democracies, but serves the cause of Islamofascism—another virulent form of totalitarian ideology. Useful Idiots are naive, foolish, ignorant of facts, unrealistically idealistic, dreamers, willfully in denial or deceptive. They hail from the ranks of the chronically unhappy, the anarchists, the aspiring revolutionaries, the neurotics who are at war with life, the disaffected alienated from government, corporations, and just about any and all institutions of society

  • SukieTawdry

    I fail to see how a better understanding of Islam would make statements like "you are an infidel and don't deserve to live" acceptable or even palatable.

    • aspacia

      Oh, an allusion to Brecht's Three Penny Opera. You do know what sukie was?

  • sedoanman

    It's actually the reverse: statements like "you are an infidel and don't deserve to live" would make Islam easier to understand.

  • Arius

    "What is striking is that this see-no-evil policy would appear to have taken shape at thousands of places around the Western world relatively independently, without any large-scale coordination or conspiracy." No conspiracy was required as the problem is in the Western mentality which is subconsciously self hating and self destructive.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In a sane world, one would expect that revelations of links to terrorist groups would have something of a negative impact on an organization’s or individual’s reputation

    Well what do you expect when because of PC multiculturalism jihad is always conflated as being terrorism, when the reality is jihad in stark contrast to terrorism is really holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme? If people understood instead that jihad was holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, then they would naturally be far more concerned.

    The reality is the American people are deliberately being misled by their own federal government and the lamestream press, which is controlled by the federal government. Indeed, according to John Brennan, National Security Adviser to President Obama, “jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.”

    I hate to rain on John Brennan's incredibly incompetent parade, but jihad is the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, and the sixth and most important pillar of Islam obligates EVERY MUSLIM to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. Indeed, it doesn't make it an obligatory duty for only so-called extremist Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah, and it doesn't make it an obligatory duty for only so-called radical Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah, while at the same time giving an exemption and free pass for so-called moderate Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah. Instead, the sixth and most important pillar of Islam makes it an obligatory duty for ALL MUSLIMS to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. No exceptions.

    Therefore, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS ARE IN FACT JIHADISTS. A few of them are violent jihadists, while the vast majority of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the relatively few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

    Hence, since ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS living in the USA and indeed the West are obviously jihadists as well. In fact, a few of them are violent jihadists, while most are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, as Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate to make Islam supreme via demographic conquest.

    Indeed, in country after country and anywhere and everywhere mass Muslim immigration is occurring in the world today, the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants just like clockwork flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and instead form segregated Muslim enclaves that in time eventually morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside. In fact, this phenomenon is irrefutable as Europe is sprinkled with hundreds of these Muslim no-go zones today. Yet, this phenomenon and very distinct pattern of behavior is totally ignored by our federal government and the lamestream press, even as this exact phenomenon is being replicated here in the USA.

    Thus, I can only conclude that obviously John Brennan and President Obama, who appointed him, are either both incredibly incompetent or otherwise extremely treasonous and traitorous. Either way it doesn't bode well for the USA.

    Meanwhile, if anyone doubts me and thinks that I'm an Islamophobe, then they should read The Noble Koran that is published in Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, Madinah, K.S.A., which says, “Al-Jihad (holy fighting) in Allah’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars (on which it stands). Allah’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lailaha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.”

  • mlcblog

    Fabulous contrib, Omama. Thank you. Somebody's got to say it.

  • aspacia

    Yes, our government has been misleading us for a very long time, and always has. Read some history. Some leaders understand other countries negative or positive intentions, other are naive and do not.

  • BS77

    Mattson, another useful idiot for barbaric evil.

    • BS77

      Perhaps one day, she will come to her senses….one can only hope.

      • Steven3

        What senses, bro?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Understand that Mattson converted to Islam because she was born to late to
    join the Mason family. Evil people find their way through life and are helped by
    enablers in todays world, people whose moral conscience is seared by base
    motivations cultivated in a total disregard for personal responsibility amongst
    other failings inculcated by the absence of standards………………….William

  • alphakilosingh

    Islam really is a tolerant religion; one can join the cult of Islam from any other religion!

  • steven l

    "What is striking is that this see-no-evil policy would appear to have taken shape at thousands of places around the Western world relatively independently, without any large-scale coordination or conspiracy."
    Many will sell their soul for petro$. There are billions of petro$ out there. We are the one addicted to oil. It is us STUPID! We are digging our own HOLE.

  • myohmy

    So she left the Catholic church and they didn't kill her. But if she left Islam they would kill her. So sure islam is the real religion….. sure it's ok to murder someone for rejecting islam… that's real holy… that's real peace…. that's the way it should be… WHO IN THE WORLD IS CRAZY ENOUGH TO THINK ISLAM IS A REAL RELIGION? IT'S A MURDERING CULT.

  • shesucks

    This woman is a buffling puzzle who would like to stay as a mediatic figure. She has nothing to do with spirituality and she is very insecure. Most of her talks are very contradictory in terms of the context and target. She has good marketing skills and an interesting background which deceive many muslims and non muslims–it is all about it.

  • cynic

    Listen to her "sermons" on the internet. She's not too bright. Real pap. However she is wily in a political kind of way.

  • burke

    Mattson doesn’t want to be labelled as a ‘Wahhabist’, but she clearly is one. She believes in a draconian, brutal legal system unreformed since the 7th century and would drag us back to it kicking and screaming.

    Why does our society give credence to or take seriously or even be polite to those like Mattson who obviously support backwardness and barbarism?

  • innocentrevealed

    Sister Ingrid, do you still carry your phone to record the voices of people to surpass your insecurity. You got your karma so badly….I am glad you still survived as a professor after all of those allegations from your students. Way to go to cover your a$$$

  • J-Man

    I almost ignored this whole piece as a bunch of crock and all of the Islamophobe remarks which is in vogue these days but something in me MADE me respond… perhaps because I went to the Hartford Seminary and my advisor was Dr. Mattson… perhaps. Anyhow, seriously, most of you here probably never spoken to Dr. Mattson. The author of the piece attacks Dr. Mattson because of some stupid remark that another student made and now she's Hitler+? Holy mother of …. I mean, I couldn't believe what I'm reading. I first of all, want to know how many Muslim student were there in class. Back then, the average class had like 8-12 students. Depending on the course, it's conceivable that Muslims were a minority in the class.. so we are talking about maybe 3-4 others? I cannot in a cold day in hell's chance ever believe that someone made THAT exact quote and in the exact context and no one, including Dr. Mattson corrected the statement… not in the Seminary folks… there is LOT more not told in this whole narrative. Pardon my french, but bullsh–. Ok, next, just read the last line of the piece… that Mattson was “too liberal for some, too conservative for others.” I cannot believe that this was ever quoted because it totally nullifies the whole thesis about Dr. Mattson being all the negative things she is being accused of. If some think you are too conservative, and others think that u are too liberal, then u're probably right in the center, not appeasing either side… which is a POSITIVE quality. Is everybody too stupid to understand that? In fact, if you REALLY knew the Muslim community in America, u'll understand that the extremist wahhabi's HATE the Hartford Seminary and HATE Dr. Mattson… go figure .. u gotta be truly moronic… and idiotic to not follow this to its logical conclusion. Lastly, all fo the military branches, the Army, the Navy, the Airforce and the National Guard all goto the Hartford Seminary to recruit the Muslim Chaplains, a Chaplaincy program that Dr. Mattson pioneered… HELLO!!! O, I forgot, the redneck Islamophobe zombie apocalypse imbeciles hate the feds too…. anyhow, there is high regard for Dr. Mattson by the American military establishment. Now, we are taking ONE person's account of one alleged remark and one side of the story as revelation… I challenge any of you here, to come to the Hartford Seminary and speak NOT to the Muslims, but other students, Catholics, Protestants, Unitarians, Jews (even zionists) and hear first hand on who was Dr. Mattson and how they view her… and if you believed the crock of bull fed to u in this article, then u will be greatly disappointed. Anyhow, I know very well that most of you here will ignore the major theme of my response and nit-pick this point or that.. maybe even petty spelling/grammar errors, cause that is the nature of those who cannot handle a bigoted narrative and are desperate to fool others into believing their own bigoted projections of reality… however, I HAD to respond so that perhaps the sane minded here could give Dr. Mattson a FAIR hearing, a dose of public image tainted by someone who may well have self-esteem issues and couldn't find daddy in time to have to let it out through writing something that's as full of bull crock as the piece above… UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE. Shame on you… and speaking LOUDER and with the multitude does not make it true… analyzing facts and researching leads to that path of truth.. so come to the Hartford Seminary and see for yourself… for every 1 of such people who had to write such a piece, there's 10 others like me who knew Dr. Mattson and could only respond with…. WTF????????

  • expert witness

    Hey infidel (just teasing), Sorry to hear what happened to you. Please just carry on your scholarly work. As an expert witness, I could say she has narcissistic personality disorder. I don’t think she treated you in that fashion because of her Islamic values, but rather this is how she reacts when she feels insecure–just manipulates, tries to get couple of people as allies and run!