CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 16, 2017 — The term “Islamophobia” has become part of our contemporary vocabulary. Some consider the attitude described by the term as a rational response to a real threat, others as a hysterical overreaction to radical Islam.
When opposing ideologies collide, the rhetoric between them often descends to name calling and shouting, proving nothing other than that there is a disagreement.
Is Islamophobia rational, or is it a hysterical reaction?
“The Clarion Project” recently ran a multi-part series of articles that delve into the mindset of the Muslim Brotherhood and the role it plays in the Islamic world. (There are several articles in this series; click on all the links for a full perspective.)
The Brotherhood is not as brutal as ISIS or Boko Haram, and it reflects just one of many Islamic points of view, but it embraces the single goal of Islam, which is to re-establish the caliphate by implementing Sharia Law.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been the seed for almost every other Islamic terror movement in the world today. Combined with the ferocious, violent aspects of Islam that Abdul Wahhab used to unify Saudi Arabi in the late 18th century, it is fuel for the fire of 21st-century conflict.
President Barack Obama had no fewer than half a dozen card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood as advisers in his administration. Fear of such influence could be called “Islamophobic,” but this fear is far more rational than the fear of black cats and 13.
The Muslim Brotherhood is hard to see consistently as a threat because is that it does not operate in the same manner in every place it has a presence. It is like an amorphous blob that incorporates different strategies to obtain similar goals. Internally the MB is not even obligated to follow the same guidelines or to take like positions on any subject, so long as they adhere to the basic tenet of Muslim dominance under Sharia Law.
In the United States, for example, the Muslim Brotherhood puts up a front under the guise of organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which typically presents a peaceful front against Islamic extremism while emphasizing to the West that it represents the ideals of the Muslim community. In fact, its members talk out of both sides of their mouths.
In countries where Islam is either strong or dominant, such as Morocco, Jordan and Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is able to operate full-fledged political parties. Everything it does is based upon individual strategies that are customized to the cultural heartbeat of the region. Thus, the Muslim Brotherhood party stepped down after losing an election in Tunisia and changed its image to become seemingly more moderate.
Rather than reject the separation of religion and state, whose unity is a core principle of Islam, the Brotherhood endorsed the concept. That concession by itself would have been a major reform, were the Brotherhood serious. But this was merely a display of the Islamic tactic taqiyya, which allows Muslims to lie so long as their hearts remain pure and the lies are only used as a strategy to get the upper hand.
The Brotherhood, which began in Egypt in the 1920s, faced a much different outcome in Egypt than it did in Tunisia. In Egypt, it faced the wrath of citizens who took to the streets by the millions in an effort to oust President Mohammed Morsi. The demonstrations came shortly before the Benghazi incident in Libya.
The successful uprising placed Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in office, and for the time being has quieted Muslim Brotherhood efforts in Egypt.
As The Clarion Project puts it, “Structurally, (the Muslim Brotherhood is) similar to socialist or communist international affiliations whereby they are many groups with a similar ideology but which do not take orders from each other, even though they may cooperate at times.”
Concern about the Muslim Brotherhood and distrust of its motives are not irrational; they are the sensible, open-eyed response to an organization that will do what it has to in chameleon guise to get what it wants. The media are obsessed with conspiracies⏤currently supposed collusion between Russia and the Trump administration⏤but they ignore one of the most dangerous conspiracies facing America. It’s time they gave the same attention to Islamist extremism that they do to Russia.
But in the world of media, that would be Islamophobic.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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