Interfaith Event Teaches That U.S. Is ‘Aiding’ Oppression

mpacThe Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) returned to All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California on May 5 to address the topic of radicalization in the wake of the Boston bombings. The church leader said there is a “crisis” of “Islamophobia” in America. MPAC denounced violence but said terrorism is a response to the U.S. “aiding and abetting oppression” at the behest of the military-industrial complex.

At the May 5 event, church leader Rev. Ed Bacon said that he “literally had my life changed and my thinking changed because of these two leaders,” referring to MPAC leaders Maher Hathout and Salam al-Marayati. He went so far as to say that the Islamic Center of Southern California, where Hathout is a spokesman and Muslim Brotherhood texts are used, is “my mosque.”

At the event, both MPAC leaders denounced terrorism and said Muslims must provide a counter-narrative to the violent themes that radicalize. Hathout said that too many Muslims are “soft” in confronting the radical ideas and have a “gang” mentality where they automatically side with other Muslims against non-Muslims.

However, Hathout said America is run by an elite minority beholden to lobbyists. He said that American democracy is threatened by “Islamophobia”  driven by supremacists who believe “the other” doesn’t deserve equal rights.

Al-Marayati rightly pointed out that there is an ideological struggle and reform in Islamic teaching is needed, but attributed the conflict to anger over the aggression of America and its allies.

“When a superpower is aiding and abetting oppression and there are grievances, and people react in a violent way, they [Americans] look at the violence and they say it is not time to deal with the grievances,” he said.

He claimed that there is a “cottage industry” of anti-Muslim activists that is part of a “larger machine,” including the military-industrial complex and special interests. These conspirators “want more contracts for more weapons to countries that only use these weapons against their own people or against civilians.”

MPAC held its last annual conference at this church, where Reverend Ed Bacon denounced “evangelical Zionism” as an evil on par with slavery. The church and MPAC held a press conference to declare their critics “right-wing extremists” who are “hateful.”

The critics noted that MPAC was founded by Muslim Brotherhood ideologues, including Senior Adviser Maher Hathout’s brother who was a “close disciple” of the group’s founder, Hassan al-Banna. Maher Hathout says he remains “very proud” of his time in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, but emphasizes it was 60 years ago. His brother said they came to the U.S. to spread the “Islamic Movement” of al-Banna.

After coming to America, one or both of the Hathout brothers was connected to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, as a 1989 document shows. MPAC has maintained a close alliance with U.S. Brotherhood entities ever since. In 1997, Maher Hathout promoted Hassan al-Banna as one of the “reformists,” along with other Islamists like Rachid al-Ghannouchi, who MPAC still hosts. In 1998 and 1999, he and al-Marayati legitimized Hezbollah’s attacks on Israeli soldiers.

In 2000, Hathout said a “general intifada” would overthrow Arab governments guilty of “treason” for not confronting the “butchers” of Israel. Around this time, MPAC started becoming more conscious of the language it was using. Hathout said he regretted the “harshness of my remarks” when they received negative attention, but not the message. Tellingly, a radical named Mahdi Bray continued to serve as MPAC’s Political Director.

In 2003, MPAC criticized  the designations of Hamas and Hezbollah as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, suggesting that it was done out of “political considerations.” Its 2010 policy paper characterized the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate “conservative” group that could be used to counter Al-Qaeda’s influence. In 2012, I debated al-Marayati and challenged MPAC to confront the Muslim Brotherhood. He replied that it was a “ridiculous” suggestion and “it’s not worth our time.”

To be fair, MPAC’s overall tone has changed.  Maher Hathout criticizes the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and says he’s on the side of the opposition, though he has “great respect” for the group and believes Egyptian President Morsi is “sincere.” During last year’s convention at All Saints Church, he said that Sharia Law’s penal code is not applicable for today and “we don’t want to enforce Sharia anywhere.” He also said Muslims must “chase out the ideology of death” and oppose blasphemy laws.

Al-Marayati criticized CNN for reporting suggesting that religion and mosques are causing extremism. He seemed to suggest that this network enabled the Boston bombings to happen. He said that the “rise in Islamophobia” is causing law enforcement to look in the wrong places. Apparently, one of those wrong places in his opinion is the Islamic Society of Boston, where the bombers worshiped.

He pointed out that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of a Friday service after he confronted an imam for exalting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a non-Muslim. He didn’t mention that the mosque has deep Muslim Brotherhood ties, promoted the theme that the U.S. government persecutes Muslims, justified hitting women and children and had radical guest speakers. The radicalism at the mosque scared away a moderate Muslim who then started speaking out about it.

This is contradicted by what Islamist terrorists tell us. Their grievances flow out of their ideology. The Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, said the conflict with Jews “is not driven by nationalistic causes or patriotic belonging; it is rather driven by religious incentives.” He then goes on to talk about a prophetic battle “between the collective body of Muslims and the collective body of Jews i.e. all Muslims and all Jews.”

Osama Bin Laden said the same thing. In discussing the core of the war with the West, he explained, “There are only three choices in Islam: [1] either willing submission [conversion]; [2] or payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; [3] or the sword — for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”

The message of MPAC and its allies to interfaith audiences is that Islamist terrorism is what happens when you ignore their advice.

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

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  • AdinaK

    The canard of "Interfaith" jaw-jaw is such that it allows those who seek to do grave harm to escape undetected under the radar. In other words, by utilizing touchy feely domains the so called do gooders harm those who truly wish to live in peace and liberty.

    Interfaith circuses are held together through another dangerous paradigm, "conflict resolution". And in no small measure, by ceding (im)moral equivalence between cultures, US leading leftists/progressives have given them the moral high ground!

    To understand the circle of death it is important to internalize where the above lies on the spectrum of "dialogue" –

    Liberal Churches and synagogues, in effect, aid and abet those who seek to upend western civilization. Time to open their eyes and hold them to account!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Brujo Blanco

    These interfaith encounters are orchestrated to be anti Jew, anti Christian, and anti American. The first and only real rule is to comply with the views of the Muslims. The end game is that the Muslims will take out the non believers by any means necessary.

  • Michael Copeland

    Here are some Interfaith Dialogue materials:

    “Christianity should be destroyed and wiped from the face of the earth.”
    The Global Islamic Civilization: The Power of a Nation Revived, United Muslim Nations International, Exposing Chrislam 11 July 2012

    “…all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed.”
    Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, March 2012,

    “It is unbelief (kufr) to hold that the remnant cults now bearing the names of formerly valid religions such as “Christianity” and “Judaism” …are acceptable to Allah.”
    Manual of Islamic Law w4.1(2)

    “The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah [the society of unbelievers] is great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam.”
    Sayyid Qutb, co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood 26 Mar 2013

    “Peace is when the whole world is muslim.”
    Sayyid Qutb, co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood 1928

    “There is no such thing as a Christian religion”,
    Cleric Hisham el-Ashri, founder of Egypt’s
    Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. 3 Mar 2013.

    “Christians are the enemies of the Believers” … “the Apes are the people of the Sabbath, the Jews; and the Swine are the infidels of the communion of Jesus, the Christians.”
    Saudi education system textbook
    Raymond Ibrahim, 8 Feb 2013

    "It's Saturday, so massacre the Jews; on Sunday, massacre the Christians."
    Writing on flag in Palestinian Intifada, Atlas Shrugs 1 Apr 2013

    "Kill or physically attack the enemies of the religion of Allah — the Christians in all of Egypt's provinces, the slaves of the Cross, Allah's curse upon them…"
    Imam in Egypt 15 Aug 2012

    “Muslims must kill non-believers wherever they are unless they convert to Islam,”
    Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt, the highest Muslim religious authority in the world. http://www.Citizen 20 June 2011.

    “I Hate Christians and Am Disgusted by Them.”
    Egyptian Muslim Cleric Abdullah Badr, Raymond Ibrahim April 1, 2013

    “Conversion to Islam or death.”
    Grand Ayatollah Al Baghdadis to the Christians in Iraq. 18 Dec 2012

    Egypt’s children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue. The hatred must go on.”
    President Morsi of Egypt, in Daniel Greenfield, Kerry Defends Weapons Giveaway… 24 Jan 2013

    “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those are witless. Islam says: kill all of the unbelievers as they would kill you all.”
    “A religion that does not include [provisions for] killing and massacre is incomplete. …Killing is the same as mercy."
    Ayatollah Khomeini, Logan’s Warning, JihadWatch 26 Dec 2011

    “No peace can be made between us [Muslims] and the non-believers.
    This what our holy book says. This what Allah says.”
    Yusuf al Qaradawi, Egypt, Adviser to Muslim Brotherhood,

    “For peace to reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has tasked all Muslims in Quran 9:29 to continue to attack Jews and Christians who refuse to believe in him and his messenger, Prophet Mohammed.”
    Abu Qaqa, of The Group of Al-Sunna For Preaching and Jihad, called Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is forbidden”, Nigeria. 17 July 2012

    “The Quran directly commands us to commit terrorism, so why are we afraid of it?” Ragab Hilal Hamida, Egyptian MP, in the Egyptian Parliament, January 2006.
    Nonie Darwish in Jamie Glazov, Cracks in the Islamist Curtain, , 29 January 2010.

  • LindaRivera

    Islamophobia is a VERY legitimate fear of excessively CRUEL Islamic sharia law. TREASONOUS ruling elites have CRIMINALLY overcrowded and colonized TINY Britain and TINY European countries with millions of immigrants from HUGE Muslim countries. A large percentage of Muslim immigrants in Britain, Europe and other Western nations declare they want Islamic sharia law imposed in their host countries. The WICKED ENSLAVEMENT of despised infidels.

    Pakistan's jails are filled with women RAPE VICTIMS. A defenceless Australian woman was gang-raped by Muslims in Dubai. The rape victim was jailed for 8 months. This is Islamic justice! Jihad, defined as “to war against non-Muslims to establish the
    religion,” is the duty of every Muslim and Muslim head of state (Caliph). Muslim Caliphs who refuse jihad are in violation of Sharia and unfit to rule…

    Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging even for crimes of sin such as adultery.

    Sharia never abolished slavery, sexual slavery and highly regulates it. A master will not be punished for killing his slave.

    Homosexuality is punishable by death.

    There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and can be consummated at age 8 or 9.

    A man is allowed to have sex with slave women and women captured in
    battle, and if the enslaved woman is married her marriage is annulled.

    To prove rape, a woman must have 4 male witnesses.

    There are 34 sharia facts in the article. "Clear-cut laws in Islam decided by great Imams after years of examination and interpretation of the Quran, Hadith and Mohammed’s life."

    Europe and Britain will NOT be conquered through a Muslim MILITARY invasion but via Muslim colonization engineered by Western leaders and ruled by excessively cruel Islamic sharia law. Our brave heroes who fought and died in the Second World war so that we could live in freedom and safety, will have died in vain.

    End ALL Muslim immigration immediately! Stop ALL benefits to polygamous Muslim families. Stop all benefits to immigrants who have never worked and/or never spent YEARS working and contributing to the system. EUROPE and BRITAIN are BANKRUPT! Let super wealthy, BLACK GOLD. Saudi Arabia and Qatar provide THEIR money and THEIR HUGE nations for their fellow Muslims! Deport all illegals, criminal immigrants, terrorists, asylum seekers and refugees.

    It is the most wicked act of TREASON that ruling elites are encouraging, financing and supporting the Muslim conquest of Europe and Britain.

    Join the European Freedom Parties!

    Join and support Paul Weston’s new political party, Liberty GB, Britain’s last great hope!

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    "Evangelical Zionism is an evil on par with slavery?" This must be from someone who has never been a slave. Christian hatred of Jews and the push to deny them a place in this world and a country where they will not be murdered is an evil on par with Nazism.

  • Winston

    "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24
    It doesn't surprise me that there are, and will be more, weak pastors signing on to the social justice agenda even without knowing they are being led by an anti-Christ spirit. They are blinded by their own self-centeredness and will become followers of men, instead of following Christ. If you are in that kind of "church", then run as fast as you can.

  • Smitty

    Muslims are not here to participate in joining the American culture at large, such as were those who emigrated here 100 years ago, but to infiltrate into the culture and change it to emulate that of Islam. Who are they trying to kid? They are nothing more than weasels in disguise and are about as trustworthy as used car salesmen. Sadly, Obama and his Chicago crew just can't find it within themselves to criticize the entire Muslim empire, which has already made their aims quite clear.