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Questions About Obama and The Muslim Brotherhood Lead To More Questions **UPDATED**

UPDATE: Protesters called for huge numbers today for Friday prayers in an effort to oust Mubarrak. Once again, the numbers are below 250,000 (“tens of thousands”), just as they were for the “Million Man March” the other day. The Cairo Metropolitan area has over 22 MILLION people, and Egypt 85 MILLION people. Again, I have to ask – how is it this one relatively small mob is forcing out this president?

And why is Obama seeking “REGIME CHANGE” with our closest ally in the Middle East, and peacekeeper with Israel? Where is the hue and cry from the Left on this? Oh, wait – since it is Obama, it is fine and dandy. Right…

Indeed, the more answers I get about this organization, the more questions I have. For instance, why did Obama invite the PM of the Muslim Brotherhood to his speech in Cairo on June, 9, 2009? Especially considering the contentious relationship between the Brotherhood, and Egypt’s president? Is there any way a comparable scenario would be allowed to play out in the United States? That the nemesis of the president would be invited to attend the speech of a visiting dignitary? I think not.

Yet, that is exactly what Obama did:

[snip] The Muslim Brotherhood has been a thorn in President Mubarak’s side for many decades. Many of its members, at one time or another have been jailed. However, the group has 86 members in the Egyptian parliament, and the head of the Parliamentarian bloc of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Al Katatini, stated on Tuesday that he had received a private invitation from the American President to come to Al-Azhar University, where Obama will deliver his speech. This is an audacious move on the part of Obama, which managed to irritate the Egyptian leadership who say that the Brotherhood is ‘illegal’. Apparently, Americans officials in Cairo met with Al Katatini according to a report from Al Jazeera. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)


And then there was that secret meeting between former Ambassador to Egypt, Frank Weisner, and a senior leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, Issam El-Erian, on January 31, 2011, in Cairo.

What the hell is going on here?

In all honesty, I am not really surprised by these actions of Obama or his Administration. Though I was surprised to learn that Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota went on a trip to Mecca sponsored by a group, MAS (Muslim American Society), with these ties to the Muslim Brotherhood:

[snip] The MAS was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist movement created in Egypt in 1928. Radical members of the Brotherhood founded the terror group Hamas and were among the first members of Al Qaeda.

The Muslim American Society’s former secretary general has acknowledged that the group was founded by the Brotherhood, and in 2004 he estimated that about half of MAS members were in the Muslim Brotherhood. [snip]

[snip] “It is the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.,” said Steven Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. “The agenda of the MAS is to … impose Islamic law in the U.S., to undermine U.S. counterterrorism policy.”
[snip](Click here to read the rest.)

Wow. Now THAT is disturbing. Yet we are often bludgeoned into silence int his country should we dare raise any questions about these kinds of Muslim organizations. It seems we should have been asking a lot more questions,of Obama, and his associates, especially if you look at the choices Obama has made with some of his appointments. As it turns out, a number of them, including one of the people he chose to participate in his inauguration ceremonies:

[snip] Obama’s first attempt at outreach to Muslims came when he chose the head of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked group that had been named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case to give a prayer during his inauguration ceremonies. Ingrid Mattson, who was then president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), offered this prayer at the National Cathedral on Obama’s Inauguration Day – despite the fact that the previous summer, federal prosecutors rejected a request from ISNA to remove its unindicted co-conspirator status.

There is no record of Obama ever asking Mattson to explain ISNA’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. On the contrary: he sent his Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett to be the keynote speaker at ISNA’s national convention in 2009.

But wait – there’s more:

Even worse, in April 2009, Obama appointed Arif Alikhan, the deputy mayor of Los Angeles, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security. Just two weeks before he received this appointment, Alikhan (who once called the jihad terror group Hizballah a “liberation movement”) participated in a fundraiser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Like ISNA, MPAC has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. In a book entitled In Fraternity: A Message to Muslims in America, coauthor Hassan Hathout, a former MPAC president, is identified as “a close disciple of the late Hassan al-Banna of Egypt.” The MPAC-linked magazine The Minaret spoke of Hassan Hathout’s closeness to al-Banna in a 1997 article: “My father would tell me that Hassan Hathout was a companion of Hassan al-Banna….Hassan Hathout would speak of al-Banna with such love and adoration; he would speak of a relationship not guided by politics or law but by a basic sense of human decency.”

Al-Banna, of course, was the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

So, yes, that Obama invited the PM to his speech in Cairo, and had the former Ambassador meet with the Brotherhood in private really should not be a surprise. Evidently, Obama’s connections with the Brotherhood are not new.

And this news raises this important question for me: how, and why,is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton able to justify this support for the Muslim Brotherhood to have a role in Egypt’s government given her lifelong work and dedication to women and children? I do not understand it.

Anyone who has read me regularly knows that my support for Hillary Clinton was complete and unwavering. I had never felt so strongly about a presidential candidate in my life as I did about her run for president. And not just because she was a woman, but because she was one of the most qualified, experienced, intelligent people with a real grasp of what is going on in the lives of regular Americans as any candidate I have ever seen. Her ability to hold so many different concepts at once, able to see down the road how implementation of policies would be most effective, and she was able to communicate her knowledge with compassion, wisdom, and humor. In short, she was the complete package.

Clinton’s work on behalf of women and children began after law school when she went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund in 1970, and her commitment only grew after that. Her work as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, US Senator from New York, and now Secretary of State, have all included her commitment to women and children. She routinely speaks out about the positive effect on a country when its women and children are educated, and has an office dedicated to Women’s Issuesin the State Department.

Curiously, there is also an office for outreach to Muslim Communities, initiated in 2009. This special representative, Farah, Pandith, reports directly to the Secretary. Interesting, that. Why is our State Department reaching out to a particular religious group, I have to ask? Again, it should not be a surprise that this office came into being with Obama’s presidency.

All of the above leads me back to this: how can Secretary Clinton continue to support President Obama in his push for the Muslim Brotherhood to be involved in governing Egypt? The Muslim Brotherhood wants to implement Sharia Law, for heaven’s sake. How in the world can Secretary Clinton stand by this? How can she possibly condone the impact this will have on women in Egypt given her lifelong work for women to have full human rights? How? I simply do not understand this. It seems to fly in the face of everything for which she has stood, and about which she spoke, in this groundbreaking speech back in 1995:

If Sharia Law is implemented in Egypt, as it surely will be if the Muslim Brotherhood is involved, it will set back women’s progress there decades. How Secretary Clinton can remain silent on this is beyond me. There is still time, though, and I hope she will come out and say the right thing, or give up her office rather than be complacent in Obama’s push for the Brotherhood’s involvement there. I hope she will truly stand on the side of women, and not this president who clearly does not have women’s best interests at heart (which I have been saying from the get-go. Do you think “Ms. Magazine” and N.O.W. have gotten it, um, now?).

Will Secretary Clinton stand with women around the world, or will she stand with Obama? One can only hope she will choose the former. The latter would just be unthinkable…

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  • TC

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080611175514/http://www.ummah.net/ikhwan/

    Is an archive from the ummah.net site, which still exists and you can check out.  The specific page was removed sometime in the last few years, but on the Internet nothing ever really dies, thus the link to the archive site.  Several other sites reference the same article, but they aren’t Islamic sites, so I didn’t bother posting them since I knew it would be to no avail.

    In the case of the first link, I don’t care that one particular author is lamenting that radical Saudis are negatively influencing the MB.  I don’t know who that author is or what his spin is.  I certainly don’t care how MB’s official English language web-site chooses to spin all the great things the MB is doing for their fellow man.  This is simple propaganda.  You can drink the snake oil if you want, but when someone offers it to me I walk away.

    The point is you asked for a reputable site that states the motto of the MB.  I gave you the official English language site of the MB.  Will you now acknowledge that the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is:
    * Allah is our objective.  
    * The messenger is our leader.  
    * Quran is our law.  
    * Dying in the way of God is our highest hope.  
    * Jihad is our way. 

    Hint: Failing to acknowledge the obvious when presented with indisputable facts is grounds to be acknowledged a troll.

    1- Building the Muslim individual: brother or sister with a strong body, high manners, cultured thought, ability to earn, strong faith, correct worship, conscious of time, of benefit to others, organized, and self-struggling character [3].
    2- Building the Muslim family: choosing a good wife (husband), educating children Islamicaly, and inviting other families.
    3- Building the Muslim society (thru building individuals and families) and addressing the problems of the society realistically.
    4- Building the Muslim state.
    5- Building the Khilafa (basically a shape of unity between the Islamic states).
    6- Mastering the world with Islam.

    I interpret the objective of the MB as global domination by causing one state after another to fall to their control.  The best way to do this is with a patient non-violent educated and organized group tied together by their religion and sub-contracting out all the dirty work to their less reputable associates.  If the MB can follow that script they will eventually succeed in the resurrection of the Caliphate.  I don’t think they will achieve level-6, but a large Caliphate could happen this decade.

    Fortunately I don’t expect the Arabs to be smart.  If the Arabs were smart and non-violent they would already have made the Jews a minority in Israel.  Instead they chose rocks and rockets and eat dirt.  The Muslim Brotherhood is super scary because they seem to be the only group that can think strategically.

  • Puma.for.Life

    I think this makes total sense. I think things are being accelerated by Obama and that he was put into office by these groups. I think the American people are really stupid. I think I will not wear a bhurka and head gear and look through a slit even if Hillary Clinton thinks that is ok.  I feel that Hillary has put her politics befpre her country.  I think that is very sad.

  • Puma.for.Life

    They all are standing behind the POTUS because they are all part of the good old boys network even if they are women. It is disgusting and idiotic.

  • Puma.for.Life

    I also cannot understand how Hillary can support the muslims. She even wore a head scarf when she went over there at one point.  I have a friend here who voted for Obama and I realize now that actually she is a racist and a sexist. Of course, it is not blatant, but she voted for Obama to assuage her white guilt and she really hates herself; she already dressses like a muslim except for the headgear. I think it is very scary for this country. Unbelievable that we went form 9/ll to a muslim/anti-american president. I pray for this country.

  • TeakWoodKite

    The latter.

  • TeakWoodKite

    who are the other two?

  • Onofre’s arm
  • TeakWoodKite

    West Virginia,  exactly. WTF?!!! I will now flag that POS every time it posts out of principle.

  • armymom

    Perhaps you have shown no concern, but I know for a fact many churches in this country who have shown much concern for Christians wherever they are in any Islamic country. You posted that you are a Christian. Do you go to church? Do you interact with any of the congregation or your minister to ask these questions?

  • Onofre’s arm

    Ha, don’t go away KM, I’m glad you clarified your point, and it’s a good point. I’ve often been stunned when the liberals that I know rail against Israel and sympathize with the forces that would love to see Israel destroyed, yet they are the same people who happily indulge in hedonistic lifestyles that make them prime targets of Islam. It’s clear that they have no clue what the real threats are in this world.

  • jj

    Hi Olivia, that’s my point. Saudi Arabia is a theocratic Muslim state and no politician, in either party, wants it overthrown. So why the concern about Egypt?

    I believe Christians are not allowed to publicly practice their religion in the Kingdom. So if no one cares about the mistreatment of Christians in Saudi Arabia why the concern about Egypt?

  • Pablo Cruz

    I believe you’re missing my point.  Every single United States Senator supported the resolution calling for Mobarak’s ouster.  Have all 100 senators been co-opted by the Muslim Brotherhood?

  • Pablo Cruz

    As I stated above, the vote was unanimous.  Every senator from every state voted to affirm their belief that Mubarak should step down.

  • armymom

    Obama could care less about Christians, except to try and convince them that he’s one of theirs so they will vote for him. Other than that,nada, zilch, he could care less.

  • kenoshamarge

    Sorry if I didn’t make myself plain OA, I did not mean that YOU thought it was all right but was wondering why “they” would think it was all right. I would never accuse you of such stupidity. Guess my ignorance was worse than I thought.

     I was having a really bad day and now it’s gotten worse. I’ll go away now.

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Ah, yes – just like they did for Iraq – pushing for “regime change.”  That’s what I mean.  Many of us were very upset at our elected officials going along with this (and if you recall, Hillary Clinton was pilloried REGULARLY by Obama and his supporters for voting to go into Iraq).  And that was against Hussein.

    Now they are voting on a resolution for an ALLY of ours to step down? One whp has helped to stabilize the ME?  Who has helped keep the peace with Israel?  WTH is wrong with this picture??  Now OBAMA is pushing for regime change, and his followers see nothing wrong with it at all.  That’s not just hypocritical, that is just crazy.

  • kenoshamarge

    Sorry if I didn’t make myself plain OA, I did not mean that YOU thought it was all right but was wondering why “they” would think it was all right. I would never accuse you of such stupidity. Guess my ignorance was worse than I thought. I’ll go away now.

  • Hokma

    What was the vote? Any idea?

  • Rabble Rouser Rev. Amy

    Oh, Steve – that is too damn funny…I swear, it’s like he’s a robot whose programming gets mixed up sometimes.  “Green behind the ears” – oh, my!