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Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Condemned By Catholic Bishops, 41 Other Groups

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Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Claims Condemned By Catholic Bishops, 41 Other Groups

WASHINGTON — Forty-two religious and secular organizations united on Thursday in condemning conservative lawmakers’ allegations that Muslim-American individuals connected to the U.S. government may be trying to spread the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

They directed their criticisms at Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), who recently wrote to various government agencies and asked them to investigate the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. In their letters, the lawmakers targeted top State Department official Huma Abedin and several advisers to the Department of Homeland Security.

“[W]e write to raise our voices in protest of your recent letters regarding prominent American Muslim individuals and organizations,” the 42 organizations wrote in a letter to the lawmakers on Thursday. “These letters question the loyalty of faithful Americans based on nothing more than their religious affiliations and what is at best tenuous evidence of their associations. As such, your actions have serious implications for religious freedom and the health of our democracy.”

The signatories include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which often sides with Republicans on social issues, along with the Interfaith Alliance, American Civil Liberties Union, American Baptist Churches USA, NAACP and United Church of Christ.

“Far from supporting the safety of our country, these accusations distract us from examining legitimate threats using proven, evidence-based security strategies,” the groups wrote. “Moreover, we know all too well the danger of casting suspicion on loyal and innocent Americans simply because they hold particular beliefs. We will not stand idly by and allow our country to revive federal investigations into innocent individuals based on their religious adherence.”

The Anti-Defamation League has already condemned the lawmakers, calling their allegations “anti-Muslim conspiracy theories.”

The accusations stem from a report by the Center for Security Policy, a group run by Frank Gaffney, who has been crusading against the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia law for years.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have condemned their colleagues’ accusations.

Bachmann has maintained that her concerns have been “distorted.” On Tuesday, Gohmert called his critics “numb nuts.”


  1. are we talking about the woman who was married to wiener? she can’t be much of a muslim. unless i’m way off base he wasn’t a muslim, and muslim women aren’t allowed to marry non-muslim men. it’s haram. of course muslim men can marry non-muslim women. one of the examples of the equality islam affords women.

    so anyways is it a bad thing to be associated with the muslim brotherhood? i thought they are defenders of democrocy, fighting the totalitarian regimes of eqypt, since 1928?

    “The signatories include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which often sides with Republicans on social issues” WHAT? other than abortion and birth control being handed out in schools where does the catholic church side with the republicans on social issues. they are in favor of a welfare state, progressive taxation, redistributin of wealth, socialized health carec etc. etc.

  2. technically the Quran commands that you only marry “believers”, in which case it’s simply a matter of how you define believer. The double standard so far as marriage likely arose in the interpretation due to the fact that only men have been interpreting the Quran for 1400 years. Here we see an example of Islam interpreted by an independent woman: no head covering necessary, and she can marry whoever she wants.

    So far as the Muslim Brotherhood, it is, again, a very disunified entity, and more of a movement than a centralized organization. It varies from region to region in the implementation of it’s doctrine. Like Islam itself, right wing radicals like to take the worst case examples, and apply it to the whole. Hamas is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood? Well, I suppose every single member of every branch of the Muslim Brotherhood supports firing rockets into Israeli cities. Granted, the MB’s general doctrine is another result of generations of Patriarchal interpretation, however they certainly aren’t the savage monsters that many in politics would have us believe…or at the very least, not ALL of them are.

  3. Great news.
    Where can i see the full letter and the 41 signers?

    Jim O’Hanlon
    St. Paul’s Lutheran
    Rye Brook NY

  4. siyaj k’ak,

    “Quran commands that you only marry “believers”,” and then you say “she can marry whoever she wants”? so lyou can define an atheist as a “believer”?

    maybe she is a fornicator?

    الزاني لا ينكح إلا زانية أو مشركة والزانية لا ينكحها إلا زان أو مشرك وحرم ذلك على المؤمنين

    The fornicator does not marry except a [female] fornicator or polytheist, and none marries her except a fornicator or a polytheist, and that has been made unlawful to the believers.

    you sure you’ve got all your rules right?

    checkout this guy’s pyschobabble.

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