The Baptist-Brotherhood Political Alliance

isna-logoThe Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is hard at work developing interfaith political alliances. Of these partnerships, Baptist leaders have proven to be among the tightest.

In its latest newsletter, ISNA promotes an article by Rev. Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty. Walker boasts of how his organization stood with ISNA against “misguided congressional investigations of terrorism focused only on Islam.”

The ISNA official that Walker specifically references as a friend is Sayyid Syeed, former ISNA Secretary-General and current director of its Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances. In 2006, he was recorded stating, “Our job is to change the constitution of America.”

This comment is less surprising when you consider ISNA’s background. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo identifies it as one of its fronts for its “kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.” The federal government acknowledged ISNA as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity when it designated the group as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas-financing trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a “charity” housed inside ISNA. The group continues to promote Sharia.

The Baptist Joint Committee’s website showcases a suit against the NYPD for its intelligence-gathering program by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has connections to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network. The complaint states that the NYPD “imposed an unwarranted badge of suspicion and stigma on law-abiding Muslim New Yorkers.”

In its latest magazine, ISNA attacks the NYPD and makes the ludicrous statement that “Muslim terrorism is not a threat after 9/11.” Walker likewise downplays the threat, saying that although Islamic terrorism “must be resisted with all our might,” he guesses that “99.99%” of Muslim-Americans are patriotic and opposed to extremism.

Unfortunately, polls show there is a formidable Islamist minority. In a 2011 Pew poll, five percent viewed Al-Qaeda very or somewhat favorably. Another 11% said they only viewed the terrorist group “somewhat unfavorably.” Another 14% chose not to answer the question.

Walker provides a review of some of the defining moments in ISNA’s courtship of Baptists. ISNA’s Syeed helped put together the first National Baptist-Muslim Dialogue in Boston in January 2009. One of the leaders was Dr. Roy Medley, General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Other involved groups included the Alliance of Baptists, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance. According to ISNA, about 100 Baptist and Muslim leaders participated.

The second National Baptist-Muslim Dialogue sponsored by ISNA was held in December 2012, partially paid for with a grant from the Boston Baptist Social Union. Other sponsors included American Baptist Churches USA, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Alliance of Baptists, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Society and the Andover Newton Theological School.

Over 75 Baptist and Muslim leaders took part. Obama Administration officials even came: Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom.

ISNA’s website lists three Baptist groups as official interfaith partners: American Baptist Churches USA, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. All three also belong to the ISNA-allied interfaith coalition named the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign. When ISNA officials recently met with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign was highlighted as one of their top achievements.

ISNA has leveraged its interfaith relationships as a tool to paint its critics as anti-Muslim bigots. On January 15, ISNA sponsored an event about the “Islamophobia Network” at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. One of the speakers was Rev. Dennis Wiley, co-pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.

ISNA took action when four members of Congress (Reps. Bachmann, Gohmert, Franks, Westmoreland and Rooney) wrote well-documented letters requesting investigations into the relationships between the U.S. government and Brotherhood-linked groups and individuals. ISNA and its allies went into overdrive, generating heaps of negative media coverage of them.

One of the ways they accomplished this was through their interfaith partners. A coalition of 43 interfaith groups wrote a public letter on July 26, 2012 defending ISNA, Muslim Advocates and the Muslim Public Affairs Council of having “long-standing histories of positive and committed work to strengthen the United States of America.”

The coalition said that the letters “betray our foundational religious freedoms.” They vowed, “We will not stand idly by and allow our country to revive federal investigations into innocent individuals based on their religious adherence.”

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty was one of the signatories. The supposedly non-political dialogue with ISNA had political benefits.

This is only a small taste of what’s going on around the country.

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

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  • American1969

    How interesting that the Obama Administration would be in bed with *gasp* radicals. Hm. Seems to be a pattern for this president. Oh, yeah! It is!

  • CowboyUp

    I checked out the web site of the BJCRL, and being Baptist, noticed something odd almost immediately. I can’t find any scriptural references on the site, not even anything from Luke, which I’d think would be almost obligatory for Baptists. The Samaritan parable in Luke is one of the foundations of the Baptists’ inter-racial and inter-religious tolerance and friendship.

    Baptists are a scriptural based denomination, which means, among other things, we justify almost everything religious with scriptural references. Usually socialists pretending to be Baptists will at least make a token attempt to do so, but this bunch didn’t even go that far, making them exceptionally easy to spot. Socialists attempt to infiltrate every denomination and religion, we must be vigilant to expose them for what they are.

    • Jeffrey Hardin

      These are not true Baptist period. The Baptist, Southern Baptist
      Churches do not have a figure head church nor are they organized under one church in the manner that the
      Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Church of Christ and
      Protestant Churches are.

      We are independent churches one from the other, you would be hard
      pressed to find two Baptist Churches that share the same doctrinal
      pulpit and or financial center though we are strictly scriptural…

      Take for instance the Westboro Baptist Church, the Baptist Convention
      can condemn their actions, but they can do nothing else in shutting
      their doors. Had it been a Catholic Church, Methodist, Church of Christ for instance, they could have locked them out of the church and even Excommunicated them.

      We Baptist can’t do that because we are independent Churches, there
      is no figure head Church to make such decisions, we are scripturally
      independent and each Church dictates punishments for their own parishioners….

      These Baptist like the Westboro Baptist Church are a perversion of
      the Church. This Baptist Brotherhood is in err of scripture and
      especially have no business nor right to call themselves Baptist….

      I can tell you this, they are not Baptist, self professed perhaps, self
      labeled even, but that’s where it ends, they are not true Baptist…

      Besides, the Liberal progressives have perverted everything they touch including their so called Churches and this sounds extremely Liberal in their views, hijacking the Baptist label does not make them Baptist…

      One final note…Any Baptist Church calling it’s self an organization
      as the Baptist Brotherhood and American Baptist Churches USA does, are not a part of the Baptist and Southern Baptist mainstream faith and
      do not practice our doctrine nor faith…
      We would never ever practice any form of interfaith nor call Allah our god!!!

  • LindaRivera

    These Baptist leaders are TRAITORS to God, the Bible and Jesus Christ.

    Qur’an 9:29-Fight against Christians and Jews ”until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

    Qur’an 4:91- If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you
    find them. Against such you are given clear warrant.

    . Qur’an 9:7-9-Don’t make treaties with non-Muslims. They are all evildoers and should not be trusted.

    Qur’an 9:12-14-Fight the disbelievers! Allah is on your side; he will give you victory.

    . Qur’an 9:5 Kill the nonbelievers wherever you find them.

    Qur’an 2:191-2-Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

    Qur’an (5:51) – ”O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians
    for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you
    takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah
    does not guide the unjust people.”

  • LindaRivera

    Do the Baptist TRAITOR leaders volunteer their services for free or are they paid by Saudi Arabia? The Baptist leaders BETRAY every Christian and EVERY non-Muslim who live in great fear in Muslim majority countries and areas.

    They BETRAY the many THOUSANDS of white, British non-Muslim children in Britain who for over 20 years have been violently gang-raped, forced into prostitution and sexually enslaved by cruel Muslims.

    BARENAKEDISLAM: Traumatized 16-year-old British girl was brutally raped by 90 different Muslim men in one weekend…

  • LindaRivera

    Our NON-Muslim people are rapidly losing their freedom:

    atlasshrugs: Australia Police Commissioner promises to monitor ALL emails for “anti-Muslim content”

  • Sashland

    Is this anti-mulsim?:
    Ban islam Now!

    Hate speech is illegal = koran calls to kill and terrorize.

  • Norman Frank

    Today the name Baptist often refers to the Southern Baptists. However before the Civil War, the Baptist Church was common in the North and South. However as a result of question of slavery, the Baptist Church split. The Southern branch remained loyal to the the South. The Northern Church was opposed to slavery. In the many decades since the Civil War, the Southern Baptists became the dominant conservative church of the South. It has also rejected slavery.

    The American Baptists of the North have slowly evolved into the kind of liberal church that has less interest in the Scriptures and more interest being social activists. So don’t be shocked about when you hear that they have fallen in with the Jihadists.