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The United States and the Western world face an ideological threat more insidious than that of communism – Islam’s political and legal framework known as shariah, or “the path.”
And the threat, according to a 2010 Washington-based think tank national security report, is being financed by international organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a significant footprint in America and around the world.
“The Islamic Movement is a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) effort, led by the Ikhwan (MB) in America,” says The Center for Security Policy. “The ‘Movement’ is a ‘settlement process’ to establish itself inside the United States and, once established, to undertake a ‘grand jihad’ characterized as a ‘civilization jihadist’ mission that is likewise led by the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Founded in 1928 and active in over 80 countries worldwide with international headquarters based in Cairo, Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has a two-fold purpose, according to the report:
1. To implement shariah worldwide, and
2. To re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate)
The Muslim Brotherhood — banned for years by the Egyptian Constitution which does not allow religious-based political organizations — is accused of organizing and fueling so-called democracy protests throughout Arab countries in an attempt to overthrow Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and other Middle Eastern leaders.
According to the Brotherhood’s governing Articles posted on its website, their primary objectives involve the establishment of a global Islamic State.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is an international Muslim Body, which seeks to establish Allah’s law in the land by achieving the spiritual goals of Islam and the true religion,” states Chapter II, Article 2 of the organization’s bylaws.
Article 3 goes on to describe several means used to achieve the Brotherhood’s objectives of an Islamic state, such as mass media communication, indoctrination of youth, establishment of educational, social and cultural institutions, and armed conflict, if necessary.
The Brotherhood also lists fighting poverty, disease, ignorance, hunger and depravity as critical objectives.
The Center for Security Policy 2010 national security document, “Shariah: The Threat to America,” goes on to characterize the threat from the Muslim Brotherhood as a “stealth jihad,” designed to eliminate and destroy the American way of life.
“Steeped in Islamic doctrine, and already embedded deep inside both the United States and our allies, the Brotherhood has become highly skilled in exploiting the civil liberties and multicultural proclivities of Western societies for the purpose of destroying the latter from within,” the authors state.
The extent to which the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated Western culture and its strategic goals for ushering in an Islamic state based on Shariah law was revealed during a 2008 federal terror trial.
In November 2008, in the terror trial of United States v. Holy Land Foundation (HLF), five leaders of the HLF group were convicted of providing financial support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced HLF and its leaders in May 2009 to prison terms ranging from 15 to 65 years, based on numerous counts of conspiracy and money laundering.
A memorandum (English translation starts on pg. 15) entered in as evidence in the case clearly showed that Hamas’ parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, “planned to establish a network of organizations in the U.S. to spread a militant Islamist message and raise money for Hamas” during the early 1990’s.
However, a Feb. 2008 profile of the Muslim Brotherhood by Al Jazeera English claims Al-Banna, the founder of the Brotherhood, strongly opposed authoritarian rule despite his wishes to establish an Islamic state.
“He also firmly espoused his opposition to authoritarian rule, which was enshrined in one of the first basic tenets of the Brotherhood,” Al Jazeera reported, “‘To confirm unequivocally that people are the source of all power so that it is not permissible for any one individual, party, group or institution to claim the right to authority, or to continue in power except with the consent of the people.’”
The Center for Security Policy report concluded that Shariah law poses a direct threat to fundamental principles of American society and values:
- The bedrock proposition that the governed have a right to make law for themselves;
- The republican democracy governed by the Constitution;
- Freedom of conscience; individual liberty (including in matters of personal privacy and sexual preference);
- Freedom of expression (including the liberty to analyze and criticize shariah);
- Economic liberty (including private property)
- Equal treatment under the law (including that of men and women, and of Muslims and non-Muslims);
- Freedom from cruel and unusual punishments; an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism
The report goes so far as calling the pursuit of shariah law in the United States as “tantamount to sedition.”
”The Muslim Brotherhood has been in this country for decades and is an existential threat to American society and the fundamental liberties ordained and established by the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution,” warned the Center for Security Policy report.
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