Interfaith Against ‘Islamophobia’

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins, is again using its interfaith allies to accuse its opponents of being part of an anti-Muslim conspiracy. On January 15, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington D.C. hosted an event about the “Islamophobia Network” that was sponsored by ISNA.

The speakers included Rev. Dennis Wiley, co-pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ; ISNA president Mohamed Magid; Rachel Laser of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Rabia Chaudry, president of the Safe Nation Collaborative. Sponsors included the Jewish Community Relations Council, Sojourners and Rabbis for Human Rights—North America.

Laser focused on the report, “Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network” that dismisses concern about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as anti-Muslim propaganda. The article about the event on ISNA’s website quotes an unnamed participant as expressing their surprise at “how few powerful organizations or people are behind an intentional anti-Muslim campaign.”

For ISNA and its allies, any action against the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network in America is “Islamophobia.” In 2004, Magid reacted to counter-terrorism raids by accusing elements of the U.S. government of being “intent on dismantling Muslim organizations and bringing them down.”

An interfaith group called Shoulder to Shoulder organized the church event. The group includes ISNA as a member, and Magid is a member of its executive committee. This is the same interfaith coalition that wrote a letter in March 2012 protesting the NYPD’s use of the anti-Islamist film, The Third Jihad, saying it is “bigoted propaganda.” The film, which is narrated by a devout Muslim, educates viewers about the Muslim Brotherhood origins of ISNA and similar groups.

ISNA and its interfaith allies make it sound like the “Islamophobes” make up accusations out of thin air. In reality, their critics rely upon verifiable open-source information, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s own documents and the statements of the federal government.

Though ISNA says it is “not now nor has it ever been subject to the control of” the Muslim Brotherhood, the U.S. government listed it in 2007 among entities “who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that there was “ample” evidence tying ISNA to Hamas to justify its designation as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial.

Internal U.S. Muslim Brotherhood documents agree with the government’s position on ISNA. A 1991 memo lists ISNA as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” It also lists the ISNA Fiqh Committee and ISNA Political Awareness Committee, as well as several other groups that ISNA calls its “constituent organizations” on its website. The memo says that the Brotherhood’s “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.”

Declassified FBI memos show that ISNA and its related groups were identified as Brotherhood fronts as far back as 1987. A confidential source inside the U.S. Brotherhood network told the FBI that the groups have a “secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the U.S.”

In 1993, the FBI wiretapped a secret U.S. Muslim Brotherhood meeting in Philadelphia where the participants discussed using ISNA as a cover. It is true this information is from about two decades ago, but there has been no cleansing of Islamist personnel. In fact, a 2009 Hudson Institute study concluded, “All but one of the individuals listed on the ISNA founding documents remain active either in ISNA or one of its affiliated organizations.”

One such individual is Sayyid Syeed. He is a founder of ISNA and served as its secretary-general from 1994 o 2006. A new documentary includes footage of him saying in 2006 that “our job is to change the constitution of America.” He is now the national director of ISNA’s Office of Interfaith Relations.

Syeed and Magid endorsed a message from the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East urging the U.S. to push harder for a two-state solution that “provides for a secure and recognized Israel.” The backgrounds of ISNA and other Islamist endorsers of the message, however, contradict this message.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which ISNA came, is dedicated to Israel’s elimination. Another endorser is Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mosque fame. Though he came out swinging against the Brotherhood’s power grab in Egypt, he spoke in favor of a “one-state solution” in 2005 and has predicted Israel’s ultimate demise.

Another endorser is the leader of the Islamic Circle of North America, a group whose origins lie with the Pakistani Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami. ICNA has an interfaith campaign of its own. Like ISNA, ICNA is listed in the 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as one of its affiliates.

The Islamic Center of America’s Interfaith Office for Outreach also endorsed the Middle East peace message. The mosque is led by Imam Hassan Qazwini, who has hosted Louis Farrakhan and held a memorial for Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, considered a spiritual leader of Hezbollah, when he died in 2010. Fadlallah supported suicide bombings and the elimination of Israel and questioned the Holocaust. Qazwini has boasted that Fadlallah “considered me his son” and the two met whenever he traveled to Lebanon.

For groups like ISNA, interfaith engagement is about more than healthy relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is political coalition-building designed to undermine support for Israel and legitimize the Brotherhood-originated groups while delegitimizing their opposition.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Ryan is well aware that the red/green alliance lends oxygen to Islamists at the west's throat. The fact of the matter is that liberal churches/synagogues feed/appease them, like zoo keepers feed their charges. Hiding behind their clergy garb they lend an aura of authority and caring. Hogwash. Besides, their ideology, as die-hard leftists, IS their religion.

    Be that as it may, "Islamophobia" is made up out of whole cloth – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/06/islamophobia-

    But according to the propagandists, nothing to see here…moving right along….As if.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • JacksonPearson

      Islamophobic, and proud!

      • atthebeach

        . . .and as well; 'smart'. . .

        • JacksonPearson

          Amen… :o)

      • Drakken

        I am not islamophobic, I am islamonauseas and Islamosavy, with a huge dose of islamoaware.

        • JacksonPearson

          How about Islam being a gift of diarrhea to the world, or a big pain in the butt!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The speakers included Rev. Dennis Wiley, co-pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ; ISNA president Mohamed Magid; Rachel Laser of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Rabia Chaudry, president of the Safe Nation Collaborative. Sponsors included the Jewish Community Relations Council, Sojourners and Rabbis for Human Rights—North America."

    The more phony "religious leaders" that can be identified by name, the better prepared we are for their lies.

    • Drakken

      Traitors and Quislings, one and all!

  • john spielman

    These interfaith liberal churches are dying so fast that they will not be around in 20 yeasr and will not be a factor in this fight against Islam.

    • ratonis

      That's right. And their church buildings will have been converted into mosques.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Will the next Interfaith meeting be held in Mecca?

  • Asher

    The Islamists use Islamaphobia to discredit those who really understand the deception and the libel lawfare to take away your rights. Stealth Jihad is just as dangerous as violent jihad, if not more so, because it is mostly legal and operates below the radar. Americans don't seem threatened by anything less than an act of violence like 911, so Islam has learned how to Work the system through other means like immigration, the ballot box, or government policies that take away rights, slow, sneaky, and steady. This is 100% accurate.

    • Drakken

      The more the muslim savages use lawfare against us infidels, the more than likely the favor will be returned with warfare. So I say to the muslims, keep doing what your doing for most of us won't go quietly with your agenda.

  • Karen

    The UCC church of America is by far the most liberal church of today. Yes Obama goes there. I have attend funerals at this church, and never heard the mention of Jesus Christ, only the word, "apparent creator". What the heck is that? Unless you are baptized, and invite Jesus Christ into your heart, you cannot be a changed person. It is only by the blood of Christ we are saved, not by Buddha, Allah, or by an "apparent creator". His name is Jesus, Yeshua, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Alpha and Omega. With out HIM nothing matters. This UCC chuch is responsible for leading souls to hell, and they will be held accountable, just like all the "religious" churches who profess to be Christians, but deny the very power of God.

    • Der Alter

      A couple of years ago I did attend the local UCC. The woman preaching that Sunday preached about the glories of some guru. What that had to do with Christianity I do not know. Needless to say, I did not return there.

    • ratonis

      Calling the UCC "liberal" is too gentle, and suggests that it represents a form of Christianity. The UCC has ceased to be a Christian denomination long ago. I have been in meetings with some of its ministers, and I can tell you they tend to be embarrassed by the mention of Jesus Christ. I once queried a leading "ecumenical" leader in our city as to whom he thought Jesus Christ was. I asked, "who is he that you would think to obey him, or who is he to command you to do anything?" He shuffled his feet, looked at the floor, and told me "I don't want to get into a discussion of religious language." That is the "liberal" church ordained, privilege-of-the-pulpit "minister" for you. They are singularly unqualified to speak to any issue having to do with Islam because they are embarrassed by their own heritage. I've served on panel discussions with these guys too. It's pathetic. Really, really pathetic to see their lack of congency, intellectual cowardice, and in some cases their craven duplicity.

    • toddjacksonpoetry

      Another arrogant, brainwashed Christian.

  • Ar'nun

    And yet another reason the Second Amendment is so important.

  • Ghostwriter

    Unfortunately,the Muslim world has given a lot of people reason to be afraid of them.

  • toddjacksonpoetry

    Muslims hate Jews because they should BE Jews. There is no reason for Islam to exist as an independent religion outside of Mohammed's personal vanity to be a prophet – a status which even a cursory look at the man's character would reveal him unworthy to possess.

  • john

    Ever since the spread of Islam through the Western world never ever have we seen and heard of so much hate under the people. In order to be saved we must stop Islam.

  • Western Candian

    While the extreme low church Christians are a source of embarrassment for legitimate Christians, the left wing fraudulent christians are an active enemy, with no valid claim on being Christian, or even being legitimate churches. They are as anti-Christian as any soviet cell, and should be treated as such.