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August 26, 2008
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Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
On Sunday, Democratic delegates convening in Denver were prayed over by representatives
of various faiths. One stood out: Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society
of North America. With this choice, Barak Obama's campaign has committed a strategic
error of the first order.
After all, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has been identified by the
Department of Justice not only as a front for the Muslim Brotherhood - a global
Islamist movement with the stated mission in America of "destroying Western
from within." Worse yet, it has also been named as an unindicted co-conspirator
in the United States' largest alleged terrorism financing conspiracy.
Like other Brotherhood operations, ISNA's purpose is to promote what might be called
"soft jihad" - the task of steadily insinuating the brutally repressive and subversive
program the Islamists call Shariah through da'wa, proselytizing and social networking.
The more one learns about Dr. Mattson and her organization, the more questions will
be raised about Barak Obama's judgment and that of his party in affording them a
prominent role in the 2008 Democratic convention. For example:
Ingrid Mattson is director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islamic Studies
and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut . Her program
is used to credential Muslim chaplains for U.S. prisons and our military. (The
armed forces require its chaplain candidates to take 72 credit hours from Dr.
program.) This credentialing was previously performed by organizations founded by
Abdurahman Alamoudi, once among the most prominent Muslim Brotherhood operatives
in America. Today, Alamoudi is serving a 23-year prison sentence for his involvement
in terrorism-related crimes.
A course taught by Mattson at the Hartford Seminary entitled " The Koran and Its
Place in Muslim Life and Society" featured readings from texts by two of the
ideology's most revered figures: Syed Abul A'la Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb. She has
publicly credited the former with producing "probably the best work of [Koranic
commentary] in English." As Robert Spencer has observed in his invaluable Jihad
Watch blog [http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/022342.php]
Maududi succinctly described the Islamists' Shariah agenda as follows:
"Islam wishes to destroy all states and governments anywhere on the face of the
earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country
or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a state on the basis
of its own ideology and program, regardless of which nation assumes the role of
the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process
of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State....Islam does not intend to
confine this revolution to a single State or a few countries; the aim of Islam
is to bring about a universal revolution."
As to Qutb, an amicus brief filed last week by the Center for Security Policy before
the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that his "writings expand on [Maududi's]
theme of Jihad against wayward Muslim regimes and the infidel West and the
of a hegemonic Shariah-based political order. His work has been credited as a central
doctrinal source for al Qaeda's doctrine of Jihad, as well." According to the brief
prepared for the Center by two of the West's foremost scholars of Shariah, attorneys
David Yerushalmi and Stephen Coughlin (resident expert on the subject for the Joint
Chiefs of Staff until he was purged by an ISNA admirer in the office of Deputy
of Defense Gordon England), "Da'wa is used to prepare the battle space for violent
Unbeknownst to most Americans, such Da'wa is being systematically advanced through
the Islamists' take-over of the vast majority of U.S. mosques, Islamic centers and
madrassas (Muslim parochial schools). This onslaught is being accomplished as Saudi
money flows through another Muslim Brotherhood front spun off by ISNA, the North
American Islamic Trust (NAIT), which acquires the mortgages of existing religious
facilities or creates new ones. Along with titles to these properties comes Saudi
Wahhabi influence in the form of virulently Shariah-adherent clerics, textbooks
and other materials. In her capacity as president of ISNA, Mattson also is an ex
officio member of NAIT's board.
Insofar as the Muslim Brotherhood explicitly seeks and is working for the destruction
of our government and Western civilization more generally, it is engaged in a criminal
conspiracy that constitutes treasonous sedition. That reality has two critical
First, the Brotherhood must be formally designated a terrorist organization, putting
an end to the reckless notion - promoted by, among others, the U.S. State Department
- that practitioners of soft jihad are less dangerous and an effective antidote
to co-religionists who are prepared to use violence immediately, rather than later
Second, under 18 US Code 2382: " Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States
and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and
does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to [appropriate
is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than seven years, or both."
Senator Obama, his party, Bush administration officials and, for that matter, ordinary
citizens of the United States are obliged to take steps to counteract seditious
Muslim Brotherhood activities in our midst. To do otherwise is not just suicidal.
It is a crime.
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