It was Sunday, October 27, and the sun was shining just as it had every day that I had been in Nairobi. Soon I would be leaving for South Sudan. But first, I had an appointment to keep.
In October I spent three days at Yida Camp, the home to some 68,000 refugees from the Nuba Mountains. I learned many things at Yida. In fact, I was originally going to entitle this post “Five Things I Learned at Yida Refugee Camp.” And this is just the beginning.
In early October I was counting down the days until my first trip to Africa. On October 18, I would fly to Nairobi for the second Global Anglican Fellowship Conference. Then I would visit South Sudan, including three days in Yida Refugee Camp, the current home to some 68,000 people from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. This is the first of many reflections on that trip.
The core disagreement presented here is about whether Islamists are adversaries of the West or suitable allies. If one believes that Islamists and their ideology is not a problem, then one will be dismissive of any facts about the influence of the US Muslim Brotherhood
Here, Elibiary admits that the US Muslim Brotherhood existed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but references its internal communications that complain about the group’s inability to control the Muslim-American community. After pointing out that these communications were decades ago, Elibiary says “the concept of a US Muslim Brotherhood becomes even more of an absurd overreach.”
The takeaway from this section is how Elibiary has close relationships with a wide array of American Islamist groups, even if he disagrees with some of their views. As mentioned in Part 1, internal US Muslim Brotherhood documents identify these groups as “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.”
Elibiary flatly states that he, nor any direct relative, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood—but what does it mean to be a “member” of the Muslim Brotherhood? Groups known to be US Muslim Brotherhood entities use similar language.
The conflict that the West finds itself in is not about a single organization like al-Qaeda or a single tactic like terrorism. These are merely the symptoms of the Islamist ideology; it is a political-religious belief system that views shariah as the Allah-approved form of governance for humanity, with its implementation throughout the globe as a divine, legal imperative.
Brian McLaren asks, “Why are Christians persecuted?” and “Why are Western Christians silent about the persecution of Christians?” His answer, explored in Part Two of this blog post, is that pro-Zionist Christians don’t want to call attention to the fact that Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian lands causes unrest in the Middle East that affects Christians. But Israel is the safest place to be a Christian in the whole Middle East!
Graduate school at the University of Maryland (recently named the 10th best party school in the United States) was quite a shock after the protected, Christian environment of my college. So in the hedonistic sea of fellow teaching assistants and much of the English Department faculty, I was overjoyed to meet another Christian who, like me, was teaching freshmen composition while working on a Master’s degree.