Here is another program to eliminate an cut the deficit. The State Department is giving money to the terrorist affiliated ISNA to spread Islam across America. But its not just any kind of 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.”

Here’s more about the program:

State Department Funding ISNA’s Propagation of Islam via citizen exchange program
State Department Funding ISNA’s Propagation Of Islam

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By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer April 25, 2008 – San Francisco, CA – – A grant made by the U.S. Dept. of State to the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the ongoing Holy Land Foundation terror funding prosecution, whose mission statement is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”] and the left wing National Peace Foundation is being used to fund Islamic da’wa via a spurious “citizen exchange” program. As the ISNA press release states:

“…This program brings young professionals from the Middle East, specifically from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, to the United States…The goal of this project is to explore Islam, the functions of Islamic institutions in the United States, and the activities of interfaith work.”

As we have noted in previous pieces, for example Bush Administration Moves To Legitimize The Muslim Brotherhood?, there has been a move afoot, primarily originating within the State Dept., to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate organization, an idea so spectacularly stupid it could only originate in Foggy Bottom. It follows then that if the reputation of the Muslim Brotherhood, which created Hamas and is a constant specter in terror prosecutions, is on the verge of being whitewashed, then making nice with ISNA seems equally reasonable. The ISNA press release stated that one of these State Dept. funded delegations met with Dr. Ali Goma, the Mufti of Egypt:

“…I think there were two events of the many, many that transformed us (the delegation as a whole). One was the meeting with the personal representative of the Dr. Ali Gomaa, the Mufti of Egypt…”

Regarding suicide bombings, the supposedly moderate Ali Goma was quoted in a 2003 interview in Egypt’s “Al-haqiqa” newspaper as defending this terror practice on religious grounds:

“…he is a Shahid [martyr], because Palestine is a special case and not the ordinary case existing in the world…This is because in Palestine there is an enemy that rules the land. This rule is considered a crime by international conventions and resolutions. The world has let the Jews spread corruption throughout the land and they have succeeded in obtaining international legitimacy to territories that were conquered after 1967, Israel is a special case that does not exist [anywhere else] on the face of the earth. We are facing a criminal occupation that is the source of terror…The one who carries out Fedaii [martyrdom] operations against the Zionists and blows himself up is, without a doubt, a Shahid [martyr] because he is defending his homeland against the occupying enemy who is supported by superpowers such as the U.S. and Britain.”

Mindful that their warriors are being defeated on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Islamists continue to transition from violent to a stealth jihad mode, confident that they will triumph by following the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to use the West’s freedoms to subvert it from within. Mindful of this sea-change in strategy, the Bush administration must become more aware of the cross purposes at which its State Department is operating and take the necessary action to immediately halt any further “citizen exchanges” organized by terror friendly groups such as the Islamic Society of North America. Until this and similar matters are remedied, Ms. Rice’s Dept. of State will continue be dysfunctional, a house divided against itself.