by: Ryan Mauro
The coalition includes Christian groups like the Presbyterian Church USA Office of Public Witness, American Baptist Churches USA, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society. It includes Jewish groups like Rabbis for Human Rights and atheist ones like American Atheists, as well as non-religious civil rights groups like the ACLU and NAACP.
These groups are not just commenting on the case of Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They are dismissing the entirety of the letters written by the five members of Congress and they are an endorsement of the Brotherhood legacy groups.
“Those you accuse-including Ms. Huma Abedin and leaders of the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Muslim Advocates-have long-standing histories of positive and committed work to strengthen the United States of America,” the letter states. The authors accuse Reps. Bachmann, Gohmert, Franks, Rooney and Westmoreland of fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment and “betray[ing] our foundational religious freedoms.”
The coalition accuses the congressmen of making accusations “based on nothing more than their religious affiliations.” It takes aim at Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, holding the think-tank responsible for influencing the congressmen with its “consistently anti-Muslim agenda.”
The coalition would have you believe that the cases against these Muslim groups are laughably weak. Actually, the cases are largely based on evidence submitted by the federal government and the Brotherhood’s own documents.
The Islamic Society of North America is the first organization listed in a Muslim Brotherhood document naming its fronts in the U.S. The federal government designated ISNA as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a charity set up by the Brotherhood to finance Hamas. ISNA tried to get the designation lifted in court and failed. In 2009, Judge Solis ruled that the government provided “ample evidence” connecting ISNA to Hamas.
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