Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Moderate Face
Of The Next Generation Of Muslims In America

Meet Imam Sheikh Ahmed Dewidar, whom Egypt Today calls "the face of the next generation of Muslims in America." He is praised for "moderate views and vigorous efforts to reach out to mainstream America, so necessary in today’s polarized atmosphere." He rubs shoulder with Kofi Annan and George Bush. He's an up and comer in the American Muslim community. Yes, that's for sure.

The other day he sat for an interview with the Muslim Brotherhood website and he offered his opinion on the origins of American foreign policy. From Little Green Footballs:

On June 15, Dr. Dewidar was interviewed by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Web site, When asked about how the attacks of September 11, 2001, impacted the spread of Islam in America, he said that he witnessed hundreds of Americans converting to Islam.

Hinting at an American government conspiracy related to the attacks, he said, “Whether or not these events were planned, or pinned on the Muslims, or something else - [it] provided an opportunity for [the American government] to legislate dubious laws that restrict the growth and presence of Islam in the U.S.”

Regarding American skepticism toward Islam following September 11, 2001, he said, “The media - most of which is under Zionist control - has helped to spread this perception.” Later in the interview he said that “the Jews” control the press.

When asked, “What is the extent of the Muslim community’s influence on American society?” He answered, “The Zionist community numbers only 3 million, but they control the government, the politics, the economy, and the media in the U.S.”

Also while speaking to the Web site of the Muslim Brotherhood, he denounced President Bush’s policy in the Middle East, claiming it was dictated by Natan Sharansky:

“This Jew has despicable goals, and we see their effects today in America’s actions in the region, imposing its opinion and its outlook on democracy, education, and political involvement on our countries.”

Do you get the feeling this guy may present one face to the Western world and another to his fellow Muslims?