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Presbyterian Pastor and IRD Board Member Mateen Elass.

Islam and Presidential Politics

September 24, 2015

IRD Board Member Mateen Elass blogs about the President siding with a “Muslim student of color” over against school and law enforcement authorities. Did he further drive a wedge of division into elements of our society with regard to race and Islam?


Russian Religion: Putin’s Oppression of the Perceived Minority

June 5, 2014

Putin’s oppression must be stopped.


“Homophobia” and “Islamophobia”: Totalitarian Threats Foreign and Domestic

January 9, 2014

“[Y]ou picked two great topics” to write about, a person once emailed me, namely an age-old “biggest threat to the Western world” in “Islamism,” and the “waste of time” in the United States’ “obsession on the gay marriage issue.” Contrary to my correspondent’s libertarian sentiments on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, though, LGBT and sharia agendas are displaying surprisingly similar totalitarian tendencies.


Georgetown University’s One-Way Street of Christian-Muslim Understanding

December 4, 2013

The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.


Debating the Muslim Brotherhood in America Part V: US Policy

October 18, 2013

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


Debating the Muslim Brotherhood in America Part IV: “Islamophobia”

October 17, 2013

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.”


Debating the Muslim Brotherhood in America Part III: Elibiary’s Relationship with American Islamists

October 16, 2013

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.”


Debating the Muslim Brotherhood in America Part II: Elibiary & the Muslim Brotherhood

October 15, 2013

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.


Debating the Muslim Brotherhood in America Part I: The Holy Land Foundation

October 14, 2013

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.

An Israeli Christian that would disagree with Brian McLaren (Photo credit: Philippe Assouline)

Brian McLaren’s Five Errors about Christian Persecution, Part Two

October 13, 2013

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!

Author and speaker Brian McLaren, circa 1980. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

Brian McLaren’s Five Errors about Christian Persecution, Part One

October 10, 2013

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.


The Million Muslim March and Its Foreign Islamist Ties

August 30, 2013

The 9/11 Truther organizers of the “Million American March Against Fear on 9/11,” formerly known as the “Million Muslim March,” aren’t keen on those who dig up their alliances with foreign Islamist groups like Viva Palestina in the U.K. and Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh. In a recent conference call, one of the organizers even attacked me as a “Nazi bulldog.”