Islamists even see Thanksgiving as a time to advance their cause. In the morning, Islamists exploited the parade and in the evening, Islamists assembled in Illinois for the “Conference for Palestine in the U.S.” And one of their favorite evangelicals was there to join them.
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.
The National Endowment for the Humanities says it “strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities.” Apparently, the federal agency believes that funding student outreach by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, fits this description.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a group with a sordid history, though it has toned down its language in recent years. It is because of this history that the Anti-Defamation League listed MPAC as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in 2013. MPAC responded, with the help of Jewish allies, by framing its anti-Israel agenda as “working for peace.”
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.