Tariq Ramadan is a lying sack of you know what, and only the ignorant, or the willing faithful disciples of multiculturalism buy into his kumbaya bull-crap message that the Muslim Brotherhood are peaceful democrats and that Islam is a religion of peace. Thanks to CAMERA for writing this article and to Dexter for the heads up on it. KGS
Tariq Ramadan Obscures the Truth about Muslim Brotherhood
[…] Given the consequences, American people have great need for accurate information and insightful commentary about Muslim Brotherhood and its ideology. One place many Americans will look for this information and commentary is the pages of The New York Times, which in the past few days have been graced by Tariq Ramadan, whose grandfather founded the organization in 1928 and Essam El-Errian, a leader of the organization itself. Both of these articles portray the Muslim brotherhood as a peace-loving reform group intent on playing by the rules of democracy in the years ahead.
Ample evidence suggests that readers of The New York Times who rely on Ramadan and El-Errian’s testimony about the true nature of the Muslim Brotherhood will be making a mistake similar to the one made by people who trusted Walter Duranty’s blinkered coverage of the Stalinist regime in Soviet Union in the 1930s.
Numerous sources demonstrate that the organization’s leaders have embraced a violent authoritarian agenda that could threaten whatever freedom the Egyptian people have won for themselves with Mubarak’s ouster.
Tariq Ramadan’s piece, “Whither the Muslim Brotherhood?” appeared in the International Edition New York Times on Feb. 8, 2011. In this piece, Ramadan, a well-known Muslim scholar born and raised in Switzerland, writes that the Muslim Brotherhood
… began in the 1930s as a legalist, anti-colonialist and nonviolent movement that claimed legitimacy for armed resistance in Palestine against Zionist expansionism during the period before World War II. The writings from between 1930 and 1945 of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Brotherhood, show that he opposed colonialism and strongly criticized the fascist governments in Germany and Italy. He rejected use of violence in Egypt, even though he considered it legitimate in Palestine, in resistance to the Zionist Stern and Irgun terror gangs. He believed that the British parliamentary model represented the kind closest to Islamic principles.
There is an obvious contradiction between Ramadan’s description of the Muslim Brotherhood as a “nonviolent” movement that nevertheless supported “armed resistance” in pre-1948 Palestine. Moreover, Ramadan’s assertion that Muslim Brotherhood was opposed to violence in Egypt is false. In addition to engaging in acts of violence against Jews in Palestine, the Muslim Brotherhood’s military wing was responsible for the murder of several prominent Egyptian politicians – including the prime minister – in the 1940s.