Interfaith dhimmitude. Does Rick Warren know or care that in 2007, ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) terror funding case? The Holy Land Foundation, once the nation’s largest Islamic charity, was ultimately found guilty of funneling millions of dollars in charitable contributions to the jihad terror group Hamas.
Does Rick Warren know or care that in July 2008 the unindicted co-conspirator status was reaffirmed? ISNA, along with the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) protested its designation as an unindicted co-conspirator, alleging that this classification was merely part of a larger attempt by government and law enforcement to “disparage” and “vilify” Muslims. This earned them a stinging rebuke from federal prosecutors: “During last year’s trial, numerous exhibits were entered into evidence establishing both ISNA’s and NAIT’s intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case. They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financial support to HAMAS….That ISNA and NAIT appeared in these documents and share a common history with these defendants is a reflection of the evidence, not any attempt to ‘disparage’ or ‘vilify.'”
Does Rick Warren know or care about ISNA’s “intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood”? This intimate relationship ought to raise the concerns of every free American, not just the Justice Department. After all, the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States is dedicated — in its own words — to “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 Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
That’s from an internal Brotherhood document captured by law enforcement and released during the Holy Land Foundation trial: “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America.” This memorandum concludes with an extraordinarily revealing “list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” Among these organizations is listed the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Oh, and why doesn’t Rachel Zoll of Associated Press discuss any of this in her article?
“Pastor Rick Warren to address American Muslims,” by Rachel Zoll for AP, July 1 (thanks to James):
NEW YORK (AP) — Sayyid Syeed remembers an interfaith event several years ago when a Jewish leader went to embrace him, saw someone snapping a photo, then suddenly pulled back.
“He said to the man, ‘Stop,'” Syeed recalled, “‘I’ll lose my job.'”
Times have changed for the Islamic Society of North America and for Syeed, who leads the group’s interfaith outreach. In a sign of growing acceptance of U.S. Muslims, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the country, evangelical pastor Rick Warren, will speak at the Islamic Society’s annual convention this weekend. Representatives from the two largest streams of American Judaism, the Reform and Conservative movements, will also be there to highlight their recently formed partnerships with the Muslim group.
“The landscape of religion in America is changing,” Syeed said. “America itself has reached a certain level of fulfillment in terms of diversity of faith.”…
In recent years, the society has prominently denounced terrorism, including terror by Hamas, and has endorsed a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. The organization also elected its first female president, Ingrid Mattson, who participated in the National Cathedral service for President Barack Obama the day after his inaugural.
“In terms of acceptance of Muslim Americans generally, I do believe this has increased in some ways, despite the large segment of Americans who hold unfavorable views of Islam,” Mattson said. “Muslim Americans have, in recent years, decided that they have the major responsibility to counter the extremists’ views of Islam with their own mainstream views, and so have put time into public education and outreach to their neighbors, on a local and national scale.”…
Oh really? Well, I’m hoping to see them act upon that responsibility in the near future. But I doubt they will do so by any honest renunciation of the jihad doctrine or Islamic supremacism, or even by acknowledging that such things exist.