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An expert on the advance of radical Islam in the United States says the Muslim
Brotherhood is effectively employing a strategy of presenting "Islam
lite" to organizations, including Christian churches.
Dorothy Cutter, coordinator for the Hartford, Conn., chapter of Aglow
Islamic Awareness, part of a national chain of Christian fellowships
that study how Islamic law motivates Muslims to participate in jihad,
said she heard of a United Church of Christ congregation where an
Islamic speaker was a guest.
She contacted the church to see if she would be allowed to present some of the harsher truths about Islam.
"The pastor pushed the material back at me and said, 'It's people like
you who are responsible for an escalation of the violence,'" Cutter
Cutter said organizations such as Hartford Seminary are sending imams
"to condition members of the area churches to believe the light version
Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project for Terrorism, concurred.
"Hartford Seminary is a place that has been compromised by the Muslim
Brotherhood, and then there's the Center for Christian and Muslim
Understanding at Georgetown University. The center is a de facto arm of
the Muslim Brotherhood," Emerson said.
The Muslim Brotherhood is the Sunni transnational movement founded in
Egypt in 1928 that has spawned most of the major terrorist movements in
the world, including al-Qaida and Hamas. It's aim is to make Islamic
law supreme over the world.
Hartford Seminary's website displays photos of smiling, hijab-wearing
young women standing arm-in-arm with clergy women in clerical collars.
But seminary spokesman David Barrett insists the goal is to foster open
"I don't know where to start. Interfaith dialogue and the understanding
of other religions is essential to live faithfully in today's
multi-faith, pluralistic world," Barrett said. "So we believe strongly
and theologically that we need to understand the faith traditions of
others and to relate to them and work with them to create a better and
more productive, more harmonious world."
That's why, he said, seminary faculty members are familiar with the teachings of Islam.
"Obviously we have experts in Islamic law who are Muslim and we have
Christian theologians who have studied other religions… If you're
asking if we know what we're doing, the answer is yes," Barrett said.
But some mainline-denomination churches now are facilitating worship for Muslims, Cutter and Emerson note.
"Just to show how far it's gone, two weeks ago the priest at St. Mary's
Episcopal Church in Manchester, Conn., invited an area Muslim
congregation to use St. Mary's Church for their Friday prayers," Cutter
A St. Mary's secretary said officials there could not comment on their actions.
But a report in the local Journal-Inquirer reported the development,
noting the congregation had been pleased to find ways to "work
Even high-profile leaders such as megachurch pastor Rick Warren of
Saddleback Community Church in Lake Forest, Calif., have spoken to
organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim
Saddleback officials did not respond to a request for comment.
But Emerson believes it's more than just wrong; it's dangerous.
"He's been deceived into believing that … is a legitimately moderate
group. In fact, it's a radical organization," Emerson said. "I think
there's been a major bit of deception that's been perpetrated by these
groups who pretend that they're innocent religious groups looking for
affiliations with other theological movements."
A former FBI agent whose expertise is in Islamic issues confirmed the
success of Islamic lobbying. He asked that his name be withheld.
"If you don't believe the Brotherhood has been effective at
neutralizing some church groups and public advocacy groups, look at
this. Common Cause and Hartford Seminary support the Islamic Society of
North America. The National Council of Churches and the American
Baptist Churches do too," he said.
The Muslim disinformation methodology is illustrated by the 2006
controversy over a speech by Pope Benedict XVI in Regensberg, Germany.
The pope quoted from Manuel II Palaiologos, a Byzantine emperor who was
one of the last Christian rulers before the fall of Constantinople to
the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
"Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will
find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the
sword the faith he preached," the pope said, citing the emperor.
Objecting vehemently to the pope's remarks, a group of 38 imams wrote an open letter to the pontiff.
"We would like to point out that 'holy war' is a term that does not
exist in the Islamic languages," the imams said. "Jihad, it must be
emphasized, means struggle, and specifically struggle in way of God.
This struggle may take many forms, including the use of force."
One of the imams was the Islamic scholar Nuh Ha Mim Keller, who
translated the classic book on Islamic Law, "Reliance of the Traveler."
The book states in section 09.0, "Jihad means to war against
non-Muslims, and it is etymologically derived from the word mujahada,
signifying warfare to establish the religion."
The effort to co-opt Christian churches includes an attempt to water down Christian theology.
Islamization Watch published a photo on its website of a British Muslim
banner on a railing in the Wood Green section of London. The banner,
which read "Jesus was a Muslim," stalled traffic and created near-riot
conditions so that police had to be called.
P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry write in their WND book, "Muslim Mafia" that Muslims want to Islamize Jesus.
They report the training manual for the Council on Islamic-American Relations includes information about Jesus.
Among the materials CAIR distributes in its outreach efforts in the
U.S. is the book "Jesus: Prophet of Islam" by Mohammad Ata-ur-Rehman
and Muslim convert Ahmad Thomson. CAIR also launched a $60,000
advertising campaign on Florida buses with the message Jesus was a
Muslim. The signs read: 'ISLAM: The Way of Life of Abraham, Moses,
Jesus, and Muhammad."
One Islamic expert who formerly worked with the U.S. government on
terror said Muslims even use the writings of disaffected Christian.
"Muslims are making use of Bart Ehrman's commentaries on the New
Testament, books that now deny the authority of the New Testament and
portray Jesus as simply a man," he said. "You will never hear a Muslim
say that Jesus is the Son of God."
Christians need to understand the full truth of the Muslim Religion and by no
means embrace their false doctrines but rather proclaim the Gospel of