Of course, that’s why they call themselves the Largely Secular Brotherhood. What? They don’t? Who wrote this briefing?
Clapper goes on to stress the supposed heterogeneity of the Muslim (yes, Muslim) Brotherhood, sounding rather embarrassingly like last week’s appalling piece from the New York Times, which, among other things, did its best to portray the Brotherhood as an ideological jellyfish whose true nature and intentions are impossible to grasp. They are not, whether in Egypt or in the United States.
“Obama Administration Corrects Clapper’s Claim That Muslim Brotherhood Is ‘Secular’,” from Fox News, February 10 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The Obama administration took the rare step Thursday of correcting its own intelligence chief after the official claimed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discussed the Islamist group during a hearing on Capitol Hill earlier Thursday. He testified that the organization has “pursued social ends” and a “betterment of the political order,” and downplayed its religious underpinnings.
That’s very deliberate on their part.
“The term ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ … is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam,” Clapper said.
But the DNI later issued a statement to “clarify” that claim.
“To clarify Director Clapper’s point, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood makes efforts to work through a political system that has been, under Mubarak’s rule, one that is largely secular in its orientation. He is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization,” DNI spokesperson Jamie Smith said….
The fact that you even had to reassure us of that is unsettling.