The New York Times Wednesday posted an op-ed by Gehad El-Haddad called, "I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist." Well, that's comforting. We were under the distinct impression that the Muslim Brotherhood does in fact have a history of terrorism and is the Ur-mother of all Islamic fundamentalist terror groups today. Good thing the Times corrected us.
It's unclear how a man who claims in the opening sentence that he wrote it "from the darkness of solitary confinement in Egypt’s most notorious prison, where I have been held for more than three years" got an op-ed published in the Times, but let's just move on to the blatant lies contained in the piece itself.
"We are not terrorists," El-Haddad, the official spokesman for the MB begins. "The Muslim Brotherhood’s philosophy is inspired by an understanding of Islam that emphasizes the values of social justice, equality and the rule of law." Well, at least he didn't say that his understanding of Islam emphasizes "peace"; we'll give him points for that.
He went on describe the Brotherhood as "a morally conservative, socially aware grass-roots movement that has dedicated its resources to public service for the past nine decades. Our idea is very simple: We believe that... the test of faith is the good you want to do in the lives of others, and that people working together is the only way to develop a nation, meet the aspirations of its youth and engage the world constructively."
He left out the part about destroying western civilization from within and paving the way for a worldwide caliphate, but I suppose he had to keep the op-ed brief, considering he was writing it in dark solitary confinement in Egypt's most notorious prison.
"We believe that our faith is inherently pluralistic and comprehensive," writes El-Haddad, "and that no one has a divine mandate or the right to impose a single vision on society." To paraphrase Mary McCarthy's famous dig at Lillian Hellman, every word of that sentence is a lie, including "and" and "the."
He goes on to claim that despite all the misunderstandings about the MB, it remains "committed to our ideals of community development, social justice and nonviolence." As for all the terror groups that the MB has reportedly spawned, he asserts, "This is wildly misleading." I'm just going to leave that right there.
Make no mistake about it: the Muslim Brotherhood is both a terrorist group and the most subversive Islamic force in the world today. For the Times to give supportive space to an MB apologist without any context or rebuttal is an outrageous but unsurprising act of anti-Americanism propagandizing, if not actual treason. Both the Brotherhood and The New York Times are, in their own ways, enemies of the American people.
For much, much more about the Muslim Brotherhood, which hopefully President Trump will declare a terrorist group despite this New York Times puff piece, check out its profile here at the Freedom Center's Discover the Networks resource page.