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THE NATIONAL PRAYER SERVICE & THE WAHHABI LOBBY
By Winfield Myers

INGRID MATTSON, THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, & THE DISSEMINATION OF ISLAMIST PROPAGANDA IN THE U.S.A.:  WAHHABI APOLOGIST MATTSON'S ASSOCIATION WITH BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA & THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY -- MATTSON'S PARTICIPATION IN PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA'S INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES -- THE INCOMING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S INTENT TO IGNORE MATTSON'S LONG HISTORY OF SHILLING FOR RADICAL ISLAM & TO LEND THE ADMINISTRATION'S IMPRIMATUR TO THE ISNA, THEREBY OPENING THE DOORS OF POWER TO WAHHABI APOLOGISTS
FULL STORY:   Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), will deliver a prayer at the National Cathedral during the National Prayer Service on January 21, 2009. The event is part of the festivities for the inauguration of Barack Obama, which occurs January 20. A convert to Islam, Mattson directs the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary.

ISNA has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamist group, and was named an un-indicted co-conspirator in United States v. Holy Land Foundation (2006), a case that uncovered covert financing of the terrorist group Hamas. Since her election as ISNA President in 2006, Mattson's apologias for the radical Wahhabi sect of Islam have gained a much wider audience.

Daniel Pipes has written that, under Mattson's leadership, ISNA is "a key component of the Wahhabi lobby."

In a "Meet Ingrid Mattson," Campus Watch Adjunct Scholar Jonathan Schanzer offered specific examples of Mattson's denials and deceits regarding radical Islam's threat to the U.S.A. Among them:

    Wahhabism is simply a "reform movement" that "really was analogous to the European Protestant Reformation";

    Contrary to statements by Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, that "there are sleeper cells in the U.S," Mattson claims that, in fact, "there aren't any sleeper cells";

    The President's use of the term "Islamic" when speaking of terrorist attacks on the West is "not only inaccurate, but unhelpful."

Additional examples of Mattson's dissembling abound. During a 2001 CNN chatroom interview, asked at what point in history the Muslim world "turn[ed] from a philosophical and educated state comparable to the Greeks to the now Third World state it is in," Mattson emulated other members of the Middle East Studies establishment and employed postcolonial theory to blame the West:

Well, the decline began with the colonization of the Muslim world by European powers. One of the first things the colonialists did was to dismantle the institutions of what we could call civil society. The Muslim world has, until now, not recovered from that dismemberment of its society.

In a move hardly in keeping with the ecumenical nature of a National Prayer Service, Mattson sought to sow division between religious groups when, in 2007, she advised American Jews not to trust Conservative Christians:

Rightwing Christians are very risky allies for American Jews because they are really anti-Semitic. They do not like Jews.

Next Wednesday's event won't mark Mattson's first appearance at a significant Obama event. Last August, she participated in an interfaith meeting at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Nor will it be the first time Mattson benefits from an obsequiousness Washington political class more fearful of giving offense than of facing down apologists for radical Islam. Former Undersecretaries of State Karen Hughes and Nick Burns and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England went to great lengths to legitimize ISNA. Hughes addressed ISNA's annual convention in 2005, and England attended the following year.

At the State Department's 2006 annual Iftaar dinner, Hughes singled out Mattson for praise, calling her:

    A thoughtful scholar, a teacher ... I think we owe Ingrid a round of applause.... She's doing a wonderful job and is a wonderful leader and role model for many, many people.

Mattson's participation in President-elect Obama's Inaugural festivities heralds the incoming administration's intent to follow the Bush administration's practice of ignoring her long history of shilling for radical Islam. In lending its imprimatur to ISNA, the Obama White House proves that opening the doors of power to Wahhabi apologists is the kind of bi-partisan undertaking we'd all be better off without.


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
The Fifth Column -- America's Internal Enemies:
Disloyalty, Subversion, Sedition, & Treason

Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
Page Three    Page Two    Page One

Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

   Page Two    Page One

Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Winfield Myers is Director of Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.


The foregoing article by Myers was originally published in the American Thinker, January 17, 2009, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (Article URL: http://www.meforum.org/article/2051)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
January 18, 2009




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