Tracing the roots of Islamism inside the United States
“God is our Goal. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our constitution. Jihad is our way. Death in the service of God is the loftiest of our wishes. God is great, God is great.”
This is the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt as a vehicle to establish a worldwide Islamic empire governed by Shariah law. In “The Grand Deception”, a 70-minute film by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Steve Emerson traces the roots of Islamism inside the United States. This film examines the extent of Islamist influence within the country and highlights the danger it for all Americans.
Emerson, who broke the story of the U.S. suddenly deporting the original “person of interest” in connection with the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, illustrates how the Brotherhood has transformed Islam into a political agenda, and this mix of religion and politics has become known as Islamism. Since the Brotherhood’s founding in 1928, it has established a presence in more than 70 countries, and countless organizations worldwide have adopted its strategy and goals.
“The Grand Deception” uncovers that today; organizations created by or inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood enjoy considerable influence within the United States. The government, media, and law enforcement often turn to these organizations when they want the pulse of the American Muslim community. But critics – Muslim and non-Muslim alike – say that engaging these organizations poses a danger.
According to these critics, although members of these organizations might appear to be moderate, they support an interpretation of Islam that is at odds with democracy and human rights as they are commonly understood in the Western world. Engaging these organizations bestows an undeserved legitimacy upon them and makes it easier for them to advance their secretive agenda.
Based extensively on primary source materials, as well as expert first-hand accounts and authentic archival material, “The Grand Deception” provides access to factual content and differentiates that content from a range of subjective viewpoints. From there you as a viewer are free to come to your own conclusion about the Muslim Brotherhood’s and radical Islam’s presence and progress in the United States.
top of page ^