Here’s another example of a clergyman issuing statements about something of which he’s entirely ignorant. The Muslim Brotherhood unfortunately, has a good track record in getting these badly needed facelifts from ignoramuses such as Heikka. Anyone who thinks that the Muslim Brotherhood is a friend of Western democratic values has to have his/her head examined. KGS
The present leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie:
1) “Arab and Muslim regimes are betraying their people by failing to confront the Muslim’s real enemies, not only Israel but also the United States Waging jihad against both of these infidels is a commandment of Allah that cannot be disregarded. Governments have no right to stop their people from fighting the United States. “They are disregarding Allah’s commandment to wage jihad for His sake with [their] money and [their] lives, so that Allah’s word will reign supreme” over all non-Muslims.”
NOTE: Read Barry Rubin’s Dance of the naive, it’s a great counterbalance to the moronic drivel below.
Islam becomes a friend of democracy
By Mikko Heikka (Bishop of Espoo Finland)
SK: Young teacher, Hasan al-Banna founded the organization in 1928 in Egypt, which was given the name of the Muslim Brotherhood. The key insight of the founder was that Islam isn’t a collection of dogmas but an entire way of life.
From a small beginning grew a great organization with great political power in most Arab countries. The movement strives to build a society in which gender equality and fairness prevails. That is about the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood statement for the year 2006. The aim of themovement is a democratic state, not an Islamic theocracy.
Harvard professor Harvey Cox has researched in his book, The Future of Faith (New York, 2009) the recent developments in Islam. He has found that the Muslim Brotherhood change as the guaranteer of democracy is not an isolated phenomenon. It reflects the broad change in the Muslims’ world values.
Islam has grown in recent decades. It has about one billion adherents. In addition to the strong growth of Islam has changed substantially. Muslims have found again the essence of religion under the principle of loving one’s neighbor. Islam expresses the concept of da’wa, with the obligation for every Muslim to take responsibility for the poor. Previously highlighted within theMuslim spiritual and doctrinal responsibilities.