Is the Muslim Brotherhood losing its grip on America?

Many people use the name "Muslim Brotherhood" (MB) around without really knowing what it means, who is behind it AND how many people it affects and controls. The MB was founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. After a while, it ended up being a powerful organization aiming at integrating Muslims all over the world. It sends two different messages to its adherents and to the West. Its motto continues to be“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

Its 8th Supreme Guide and current leader is Mohammed Badie. In a sermon, he recently declared that the only way to deal with Israel is "Holy Jihad" This doesn't turn every member of the Muslim Brotherhood into a bloody murderer, but it makes one wonder what kind of ideology is promoted within the organization, and especially from its senior leadership? Some in the Middle East AND in the West see the MB as an organization responsible for Islamic terrorism.

It is important to understand the broad reach that the Muslim Brotherhood has around the world and particularly in America. It has 70 branches all over the globe and uses many platforms to broadcast their message. Many other Muslim related organizations are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood one way or another.

One organization that many people are familiar with is the self-described "moderate" CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations.) It presents itself as a mainstream Muslim organization aimed at fighting for civil rights for Muslim and all other people regardless of their religious upbringing. Interestingly enough, article 7 of their core values states " CAIR believes the active practice of Islam strengthens the social and religious fabric of our nation." This is a statement that seems to indicate that even though CAIR is open to all faiths getting along, it believes that Islam is the best way to improve the United States. It would be interesting to find out what CAIR mean by "the active practice of Islam."

In 2014, in a somewhat unexpected statement, the United Arab Emirates listed CAIR as a terrorist organization. This might be a bit strong of a statement, but the UAE also believe that CAIR is one of the many arms of the Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR has been known to support Hamas at times, and Hamas is clearly a terrorist organization. These blurred lines need to be defined, especially in America where so many are supportive of CAIR without asking any questions.

Then, we must consider the Muslim Student Associations (MSA) all over US campuses. While diversity is always a good concept to teach to the next generation, especially in America– the epitome of "racial and cultural melting pot"–it must be taught ethically. In the case of US university MSA chapters, it is seldom if ever the case. The pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist agenda is unashamedly pushed forward on a regular basis. The MSA national organization was started in 1963 in America by the Egypt based Muslim Brotherhood, and again, while not all of its adherents are flagrantly antisemitic, the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood permeates more often than not.

US campuses also suffer from the vitriolic propaganda of yet another organization known as "Students for Justice in Palestine" (SJP). That organization openly promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) started in 2005 by Mahmoud Abbas and continually growing all over the globe. SJP is tightly connected to the group "American Muslims for Palestine" (AMP) that has strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. This "alphabet soup" of Muslim organizations seeking to present an image of grassroots movements to promote justice and diversity is far from being straightforward. In almost all cases, many of its members support or have supported the terrorist organization Hamas.

So it is very hopeful to see the current US administration cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood. With the recent appointments of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, we might see the beginning of a shift in US support for Muslim organizations. Before I am accused of Islamophobia, let's be clear that not all Muslims are a threat to the West and to Israel. Those who are a threat, are connected to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood and they must be exposed. Of course, not everybody agrees with Mr. Trump's push and some even think that it could be vastly counter-productive to list the MB as a terrorist organization. The question remains "if you support terrorist organizations like Hamas, are you guilty by association?" I believe the answer is an unequivocal yes!

With the recent passing of the "Taylor Force Act" by the US, Palestinians are now forced to make a choice. If they continue to reward families of terrorists against Israel with financial benefits, the Palestinian Authority will no longer receive financial aid from the US government. What took us so long to come up with this obvious move?

This is the first US administration to actually follow words with actions when it comes to the Palestinian double-talk. The Passing of the Taylor Force Act might be the beginning of the tightening of the US grip on Islamic terrorism. Defining and fighting Islamic radicalism is necessary for the survival of Western civilization and is crucial to help us define who are the many Muslims who are not supporting violence and terrorism. Indeed, the Muslim Brotherhood might be beginning to lose its grip on America!

Western Civilization's Assisted Suicide!

I have never been a supporter of assisted suicide. Many people consider it to be a murderous act, and I tend to agree; yet there is a moral chasm between murder and assisted suicide. The first is a premeditated act by the perpetrator(s), while the second is a premeditated act by the victim(s). They both lead to annihilation and sadly remind me of what is taking place in our contemporary society.

I have watched the erosion of Judeo/Christian values over the last two decades with much sadness at first. Today, I have great concern and even fear for the increasingly decaying state of the West. There is no doubt in my mind that western civilization is slowly committing assisted suicide. End-Times anti-Semitism is in full force across the globe, swinging it's lethal pendulum from liberal Left to neo-Nazi extreme right. Somewhere on the edges we can spot the agnostics, secularists, atheists and universalists, along with radical Islam smack in the middle. While the pendulum swings destructively and endlessly from one extreme to the next, I believe that the bulk of the damage is performed by the center part.

There are several reasons why radical Islam has been so successful over the last few decades (I offer no apologies if you feel a "they against us" attitude since I have no doubt that it is exactly what’s happening):

It is on this last point of "dhimmitude" that I wish to elaborate further because it exactly where I think the West is participating in assisted suicide.
The word "dhimmitude" was coined by scholar/activist Bat Y'eor in 1983 as she explained: Dhimmitude: the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars, encompassing all of the demographic, ethnic, and religious aspects of the political system. The word "dhimmitude" comes from dhimmi, an Arabic word meaning "protected". Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination.... ruled by the same type of laws, based on the shari'a.

"Dhimmitude" used to be inflicted on various ethnic subjects under Islamic control, and it continues to be forced upon people by those within Islam who believe that shar'ia is the only valid law of the land. Of course, what they mean by land is more on a global than local scale. Islamic rigidity and even violence is too often whitewashed by political correctness, tolerance and multiculturalism. This process has helped "dhimmitude" become the default reaction of the West in almost every case. While I certainly do not believe that every single Muslim falls into the shar'ia "trap", the trojan horse of Islam has been advancing slowly but steadily, leading Americans to believe that an all-encompassing ideology is just another religion to be tolerated. Consider the following non-exhaustive list of unchallenged submissions to Islamist rigid ideology. While these examples are all from the United States, it is safe to say that they are a very accurate representation of Western civilization:

Government (Federal and local)
• US Congressman Keith Ellison was sworn into office in 2007 using the Qur'an.
• CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood has had many welcomed visits to the White House.
• DHS (Department of Homeland Security) advises against training their people "against" the Muslim Brotherhood.
The FBI no longer includes Islamic Terrorism in its list of threat assessment.

• Shar'ia Law is adopted by the city of Dearborn, Michigan (30% Muslim)

Educational Institutions
• Public Schools are being pressured to serve halal food (prepared according to islamic dietary law) to their students and have it financed by tax-payer dollars.
• Muslim curriculum has been forced in some California school districts.

Financial Institutions
• Many US banks are now "shar'ia" compliant, meaning that they do not charge interest to Muslims and they must invest 2% of their profits into Muslim charities; with quite a few of these charities linked to terrorist organizations.

Media
• Liberal Media censors cartoons about Islam but has no problem humiliating Christians and Jews.

The Military
Jihad is justified as "communal military defense" for Muslim in the military and head scarves are becoming a common part of the military uniform.
• Muslims in the military don't seem to be held to the same standard as other US personnel.

Judicial System
• US Attorney Eric Holder refuses to talk about radical Islam in a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on 5/13/2010

 The Police
• Police forces in Dearborn ignore a Muslim mob descending on a Christian group and sting them.

The Church
• After recently having officially recognized the State of Palestine, Pope Francis no equates the Bible and the Qur'an.
• Evangelical Christians are increasingly buying into the lies of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel and also changing from Christian Zionism to Christian Palestinianism.

The point is that the United States have been shamefully and cowardly flexing under the pressure of Islamic influence for quite a while now, as many apparently innocent and harmless Muslims continue to infiltrate all levels of society. Many nominal Muslims want absolutely nothing to do with the rigidity of shar'ia law but at the end of the day they will have to choose which side of the fence they will stand on. I am not convinced that their desire for tolerance and multiculturalism will win the other side over. By other side I mean the radicals of course!

There is a tolerance that is worth investigating; that is biblical tolerance of course. Those who have a relationship with God understand His love and can easily be more tolerant toward others. Tolerance doesn't have to mean compromise or standing for nothing. Biblically speaking, we must defend our beliefs as we are committed to be on God's side, but at the same time we are to extend God's love onto others. This is available to all (Muslims, Jews and Christians) through the work of Yeshua the Messiah.

Proverbs 16:24 tells us that  "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body".

Additionally, in Romans 12:14-19, we learn much about love and tolerance: " Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “ Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Political correctness is one of the most viral enemies of America. It blinds people into one-sided tolerance. I really don't care what you choose to call it because at the end of the day it yields the same result–the death of modernity, the death of freedom, and the death of freedom of religion. In other words, the death of Western civilization by assisted suicide!