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Catholic Bishops Join With Wahhabists, Religious Left to Demand “Tolerance”

Posted on September 13 2010 11:00 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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The heads of three U.S. Catholic bishops’ committees have endorsed an “interfaith statement” denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry. Sadly, the list of signatories reads like a laundry list of key figures from the Religious Left along with Wahhabists from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). These bishops may intend to lead the flock into a world of peace and harmony, but in reality they’re traveling a “yellow brick road” to a fantasy land that does not and likely will never exist. Someone has to be “Auntie Em” here, calling the bishops back home to the real world. It might as well be me.

I’ve put together some background information on those who signed on to this “interfaith statement.” Prepare yourselves for the shocking truth and ask yourself, why are Catholics bishops joining with extremist Wahhabists and apologists for HAMAS to call for “religious tolerance” so close to the anniversary of the attacks on 9/11/?

Is it schizophrenia? Or something worse?

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Five representatives of the ISNA signed the interfaith statement: Safaa Zarzour, Mohamed Elsanousi, Imam Mohamed Hag Magid, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, and Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed.

ISNA provides extremist Wahhabi indoctrination materials to mosques in America.

Through its affiliate, the North American Islamic Trust — a Saudi government-backed organization created to fund Islamist enterprises in North America — the Saudi-subsidized ISNA reportedly holds the mortgages on 50 to 80 percent of all mosques in the U.S. and Canada. Thus the organization can freely exercise ultimate authority over these houses of worship and their teachings.

Writes Kaukab Siddique, the editor of New Trend, an Islamic periodical of extremist views that is nonetheless opposed to Wahhabi domination of American Islam: “ISNA controls most mosques in America and thus also controls who will speak at every Friday prayer, and which literature will be distributed there.”

Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz describes ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.” Adds Schwartz: “Our view is that the number of mosques under Wahhabi control actually totals at least 600 out of the official total of 1,200, while, as noted, Shia community leaders endorse the figure of 80 percent Wahhabi control. But we also offer a number of 4-6,000 mosques overall, including small and diverse congregations of many kinds.”

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