I heard a discussion on Joe Rogan’s podcast (here) about why the Jihadists have been able to get such a foothold within Islam and yet the Christian snakehandlers haven’t been able to get such a piece of real estate in the Christian square. How do religious groups quarantine their crazies? Below the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood references Timothy McVeigh’s bombing in 1995 as an equivalent to the current Jihadists. But did McVeigh’s act of terror end up drawing people to his suicidal cause? Did the burning Waco compound light a beacon of resistance and draw militants to Koresh’s apocalyptic vision?
Such arguments are not very convincing to me, but read the articles for yourself. The issues are front burner in the tensions with national and international security, Islam and diplomacy.
Here’s two opposing articles discussing the Muslim Brotherhood and whether or not they should be designated a terrorist organization.
- The Trump Administration’s Islamophobic Holy Grail: Designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group would cripple U.S. foreign policy and launch a domestic smear campaign. (article)
- New York Times in Full Panic Mode Over Reports Trump May Designate Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization: (article)
Here is GEHAD EL-HADDAD, official spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, speaking for himself from prison in Egypt:
3. I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist
“We believe that our faith is inherently pluralistic and comprehensive and that no one has a divine mandate or the right to impose a single vision on society.
We have long heard that violent groups were “spawned” by the Muslim Brotherhood or were our “offshoots.” This is wildly misleading. In the cases where people did leave the Muslim Brotherhood to embrace violence, they did so specifically because they found no path in our philosophy, vision of society or movement for such extremism.
To attribute terrorism to us is akin to attributing the violence of Timothy McVeigh, who set off a deadly bomb in Oklahoma City in 1995, to patriotism, or white supremacist ideologies to Christian teachings.” (Full article)