Reza Aslan is a case study in the poverty and ideological bias of the mainstream media these days; his adolescent gutter mentality and abject intellectual vacuity do not stop mainstream media outlets from giving him a platform, for his trivial platitudes and patently deceptive nostrums fit in with their Leftist, anti-American ideology.
The mainstream outlets that feature Aslan apparently do not mind that he is a Board member of the National Iranian American Council, a group that genuine Iranian pro-democracy forces regard as an apologetic vehicle for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nor do they care that he has tried to pass off Iran's genocidally-minded Thug-In-Chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as a liberal reformer. They are unconcerned that Aslan has called on the U.S. Government to negotiate with Ahmadinejad himself, as well as with Hamas -- that is, with some of the most barbaric and murderous adherents of Sharia. He has even praised the jihad terror group Hizballah as "the most dynamic political and social organization in Lebanon," recalling the useful idiots and fellow travelers who used to praise Stalinist Russia and even Hitler's Germany for their social services apparatuses.
Now, unsurprisingly, this Fritz Kuhn for our age has found another Jew-hating, women-hating, kuffar-hating Islamic supremacist group to love: the Muslim Brotherhood. (This should come as no surprise: Aslan has previously spoken at events sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a Brotherhood group.) And he is spreading that love in the Washington Post.
"Do Egyptians want both democracy and a role for religion in their government?," by Reza Aslan in the Washington Post, January 30:
[...] But make no mistake, however the current uprising in Egypt turns out, there can be no doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing.
Despite the wide array of political and religious views on display on the streets of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Suez, the one thing about which the overwhelming majority of Egyptians agree - 95 percent according to a 2010 Pew Research Center poll - is that Islam should play a role in the country's politics. At the same time, a similar Pew poll taken in 2006 found that while the majority of the Western public thought democracy was "a Western way of doing things that would not work in most Muslim countries," pluralities or majorities in every single Muslim-majority country surveyed flatly rejected that argument and called for democracy to be immediately established, without conditions, in their own societies.
For Huckabee and Santorum, as well as for a large segment of the American public, these two polls present a contradiction. How could Egyptians want both a democracy and a role for religion in their government? After all, in the United States it is axiomatic that Islam is inherently opposed to democracy and that Muslims are incapable of reconciling democratic and Islamic values. Never mind that the same people who scoff at the notion that religion could play no role in the emerging democracies in the Middle East are the same people who demand that religion must play a role in America's democracy. Ironically, one of the most vocal proponent of religious activism in politics is Mike Huckabee himself, who has repeatedly called Americans to "take this nation back for Christ" and who, while running for president, proudly declared that "what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards."...
Yeah, the Brotherhood is just like Mike Huckabee. Wasn't it Huckabee who said that his followers "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions"? Was that Huckabee or Santorum, Reza?
Oh, wait -- that quote is actually from "An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America" -- a captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document detailing the group's goals for the United States. This is the group about which Aslan says that it would be a "good thing" if it were a participant in the Egyptian government.
So is the Washington Post clueless, or complicit?