Source: The Federalist
Yesterday, at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the audience for President Obama’s speech reflected an Islamist’s vision of today’s Muslim-American community. That setting, promoted by the media and the White House, was meant to teach the American people—and, certainly, the growing number of Muslims in America—what an authentic Muslim looks like. It was a collection of hijab-clad women and long-bearded, severe-faced men.
The choreographed scene didn’t represent American Muslim immigrants like me—reformers, humanists, and critical thinkers—who find no place in Islamist mosques in this country, and are shunned by similarly Islamist pressure groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Choosing to Work with Terrorist Enablers
Obama’s legacy in working with Muslim-American groups has consistently been flawed, with along list of collaborators conflating detrimental narratives that reinforce pity, victimization, and loathing for America as a central and defining theme. His choice of mosque is no different.
The Islamic Society of Baltimore is riddled with direct ties to Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, a political movement designed to further an Islamic agenda through democratic means. ISB’s veteran imam of 18 years, Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
El-Sheikh also co-founded the Muslim American Society, a group that is known to be controlled by the Brotherhood. He was also regional director of the Islamic American Relief Agency, which was found to have directed funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and Hamas, among other terrorist organizations. The trail of activity and involvement in an interconnected web of extremist ideologies goes much deeper.