Re­li­gious ‘re­spect’ should be a two-way street

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Pres­i­dent Obama on March 13 re­it­er­ated for the umpteenth time his determination to de­velop a “new re­la­tion­ship” with the Mus­lim world. On this oc­ca­sion, the au­di­ence were the leaders of Saudi Ara­bia, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines.

Un­for­tu­nately, it in­creas­ingly ap­pears that, in so do­ing, he will be em­brac­ing the agenda of the Mus­lim Brother­hood — an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the theo-po­lit­i­cal-le­gal pro­gram au­thor­i­ta­tive Is­lam calls Shariah and that has the self-de­scribed mis­sion of “de­stroy­ing West­ern civ­i­liza­tion from within.”

As part of Mr. Obama’s “Re­spect Is­lam” cam­paign, he will travel to Turkey in early April. While there, he will not only pay trib­ute to an Is­lamist gov­ern­ment that has sys­tem­at­i­cally wrested ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion from the sec­u­lar tra­di­tion of Ke­mal Ataturk and put the coun­try squarely on the path to Is­lam­i­fi­ca­tion. He will also par­tic­i­pate in some­thing called the “Al­liance of Civ­i­liza­tions.”

The Al­liance is a United Na­tions-spon­sored af­fair that re­flects — as, in­creas­ingly do most things the United Na­tions is in­volved in — the views of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Is­lamic Con­fer­ence (OIC). The OIC is made up of 57 Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tions. Thanks to sup­port from Saudi Ara­bia and its prox­ies, the Mus­lim Brother­hood has be­come a driv­ing force within the Con­fer- ence and their agen­das largely co­in­cide.

For ex­am­ple, in 2005 a com­mu­nique is­sued af­ter a sum­mit in Mecca de­clared: “The Con­fer­ence un­der­lined the need to col­lec­tively en­deavor to re­flect the noble Is­lamic val­ues, counter Is­lam­o­pho­bia, defama­tion of Is­lam and its val­ues and des­e­cra­tion of Is­lamic holy sites, and to ef­fec­tively co­or­di­nate with states as well as re­gional and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions to urge them to crim­i­nal­ize this phe­nom­e­non as a form of racism.”

Omi­nously, as part of its bid to Brother­hood’s ef­forts in the West. In fact, it is but the lead­ing edge of the Broth­ers’ bid to sup­press pub­lic aware­ness of the threat posed by their pro­gram in so­ci­eties that pride them­selves on re­li­gious tol­er­ance, thereby fa­cil­i­tat­ing sedi­tious pen­e­tra­tion and in­flu­ence op­er­a­tions by the Shariah-ad­her­ent.

A play­book for the lat­ter can be found in a pub­li­ca­tion is­sued last fall by the U.S.-Mus­lim En­gage­ment Project be­ing ag­gres­sively pro­moted to the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress by a num­ber of its non-Mus­lim par­tic­i­pants. Notably, for­mer Se­cre- North Amer­ica and the Mus­lim Pub­lic Af­fairs Coun­cil. Both are rep­re­sented in the En­gage­ment Project’s “Lead­er­ship Group.” Ac­cord­ingly, its book calls for:

“En­gage­ment with groups that have clearly demon­strated a com­mit­ment to non­vi­o­lent par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­tics” (read, the Brother­hood).

“Not equat[ing] re­form with sec­u­lar­ism, nor [. . .] as­sum[ing] that re­form­ers who ad­vo­cate some form of Shariah as the ba­sis for the rule of law will in­evitably abuse hu­man rights or adopt anti-Amer­i­can poli­cies.”

“Not sup­ply[ing] ad­di­tional Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to em­brace the Mus­lim Brother­hood’s agenda — in part, if not in its en­tirety — the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s as­sorted fronts in Amer­ica are be­com­ing ever more au­da­cious.

In re­sponse to a long-over­due de­ci­sion taken by the FBI last year to ter­mi­nate “sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing” of its agents by one of the most prom­i­nent of th­ese fronts, the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can Is­lamic Re­la­tions (CAIR), as­sorted Brother­hood groups and op­er­a­tives re­port­edly in­tend to an­nounce that Mus­lims will hence­forth cease any and all co­op­er­a­tion with U.S. law en­force­ment un­til CAIR is re­ha­bil­i­tated.

Such a step would call into ques­tion the pa­tri­o­tism of the many Mus­lims in Amer­ica who do not em­brace the Brother­hood’s Shariah agenda — some­thing that would, pre­sum­ably, be as of­fen­sive to them as it would be trou­bling to the rest of us. It could also ex­pose those en­gaged in it to crim­i­nal charges of “mis­pri­sion of felony,” con­spir­ing to with­hold in­for­ma­tion from the au­thor­i­ties con­cern­ing ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties in the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

The mes­sage should go forth: Friends of the Mus­lim Brother­hood are no friends of Amer­ica. We fol­low their guid­ance at our peril.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr. is pres­i­dent of the Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity Pol­icy and a colum­nist for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

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