President Obama invited leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood to attend his speech to the Islamic world in Cairo on June 4, 2009.
Obama has encouraged the interim Egyptian government to include the Muslim Brotherhood in the formation of a new government. “U.S. open to a role for Islamists in new Egypt government,” by Paul Richter and Peter Nicholas in the Los Angeles Times, January 31:
The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government.
According to FrontPage, Obama is set to begin talks with the Brotherhood to “continue to emphasize the importance of support for democratic principles and a commitment to nonviolence, and respect for minority and women’s rights in conversations with all groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.” Obama is going to need a lot of luck fulfilling that fantasy.
James Clapper, the foolish intelligence chief, said that the Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular.
The Muslim Brotherhood is currently seeking one-third of the 504 seats in the new Egyptian Parliament to start. They Brotherhood believes in Sharia law in which adulterers will be whipped, alcohol banned, men and women separated in college classes and pre-marital and same sex relationships forbidden.
The so-called “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is calling for amputations and beheadings for the Mubarek family. The Mubarek sons are charged with profiteering and the senior Mubarak is charged with responsibility for the deaths of 85o protesters killed by security forces during the uprising.
From the Australian: “…THE spokesman for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which portrays itself as a moderate Islamic movement, has called for execution and hand amputations if the Mubaraks are found guilty of murder and corruption.
“If a man has stolen millions of the state’s money, the penalty is that I must cut off his hand,” said Mahmoud Ghuzlan, a professor of biochemistry at Zagazig University. “There is no argument. These are God’s words.”
Professor Ghuzlan had no sympathy. Mr Mubarak should be hanged if convicted, although “beheading by the sword” would be more traditional, he said.
He sought to paint sharia as a merciful alternative to Egypt’s current legal system, saying a thief who stole only to feed his family would not suffer amputation…”