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Muslim-American Groups Silent on Anti-Democratic Moves in Egypt

Thu, November 29, 2012

Ryan Mauro

Over 200,000 Egyptians protested in Tahrir Square against President Mohammed Morsi's decree granting himself absolute power. This is the top story in the Muslim world right now, but strangely, there is nothing but silence from prominent Muslim-American groups who cheered on the revolution against President Mubarak and instantly condemned Israel for retaliating against the terrorist Hamas regime.

The websites of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Students Association National and American Muslims for Palestine aren’t speaking out against Morsi. Actually, they aren’t speaking at all about his power grab and the subsequent protests of hundreds of thousands.

Sometimes, what someone doesn’t do tells you more about them than what they actually do. This is one such case. These groups were elated at the toppling of the regime of Egyptian President Mubarak. They insisted that their cries of joy were about the arrival of freedom and democracy in the largest Arab country. Now, the Muslim Brotherhood President of Egypt is undermining that same freedom and democracy they claimed to support and we hear nothing.

The double-standard is explained by the fact that these groups are Muslim Brotherhood creations and Mohammed Morsi belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella organization located in Egypt. Their conferences always feature Islamists tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, many of which are on record supported Hamas and the eventual goal of turning the U.S. into an Islamic State.

This is laid out in the Muslim Brotherhood’s own files. One 1991 document lists ISNA, ICNA, MAS and MSA among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” In the terrorism-financial trial of the Holy Land Foundation, the federal designated CAIR and ISNA as unindicted co-conspirators, listing them as entities of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. As ClarionProject.org has documented, AMP is an Islamist group and its last convention brought together the rock stars of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

This is a rare moment when the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s internal writings and the U.S. federal government agree on something: These prominent Muslim-American organizations are Brotherhood creations.

To its credit, CAIR stated in an email on November 28 that it “repudiates” an Egyptian court’s sentencing of Pastor Terry Jones and seven Coptic Christians abroad to death on blasphemy charges. It accuses them of distributing the Innocence of Muslims film that ridiculed Islam. However, this proves that CAIR knows what is going on in Egypt and reacts to it, yet it has decided to refrain from standing against Morsi.

The silence of these groups speaks volumes.

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org's National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.