Fox: White House confirms meeting with deputy of banned Muslim Brotherhood cleric

posted at 10:41 am on June 28, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The White House confirmed to Fox News what the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported two days ago — that the administration met with the deputy of a radical cleric who is barred from entering the United States, and whose organization supports Hamas.  Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah served as vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group headed by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi, who has urged Muslim nations to acquire nuclear weapons, demanded the death of American soldiers in Iraq, and defended Hitler.

So what did the White House want to discuss with bin Bayyah? Moderation:

A senior Obama administration official confirmed to Fox News that members of the National Security Council staff met with a controversial Muslim scholar, but stressed that they were focused on his recent efforts to counter the Al Qaeda narrative.

The official was responding to a report on Wednesday from The Investigative Project on Terrorism, which uncovered a statement on the website of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah claiming he met June 13 with Obama administration officials at the White House.

Bin Bayyah is vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group founded by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi — a Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.

Bin Bayyah, for his part, has urged the U.N. to criminalize blasphemy. His group has spoken out in favor of Hamas and in 2009 issued a fatwa barring “all forms of normalization” with Israel.

The administration official confirmed Bin Bayyah met with Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith and other members of the National Security Council staff. But the official said they were there to discuss poverty, global health efforts and Bin Bayyah’s own efforts to speak out against Al Qaeda.

Bin Bayyah did publicly reject in 2010 a fatwa used by AQ to justify its terrorism, saying that they had “erred in [their] interpretation and misapplied the revealed texts.” That didn’t make him terribly popular with the extremists, but as IPT points out, bin Bayyah has some history with fatwas, too.  His tenure at IUMS as a high-ranking official coincided with their own declaration in 2004 that fighting and killing American troops in Iraq was a “duty” for Muslims.

The cleric has tried to make himself more palatable with Westerners, with his public rejection of terrorism in 2010, and it has obviously worked.  The Gates Foundation has partnered with him on health initiatives, and he has been noted as one of the most influential Islamic clerics in the world — although that prompts the question as to why his public rejection of terrorism hasn’t had much influence on the practice of it by radical networks in North Africa.

The Boss Emeritus isn’t impressed with his change of position:

Someone associated with bin Bayyah deleted his website reference to the meeting, but the Internet is forever. The White House has now ‘fessed up to the confab. According to Fox News, a senior official spun the troubling event as a discussion about “poverty, global health efforts and bin Bayyah’s own efforts to speak out against al-Qaida.”

Bin Bayyah’s moderate Muslim costume shouldn’t fool anyone. This sharia thug, who has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost his progressive-friendly cred, lobbied the United Nations to outlaw all mockery and criticism of Allah. He raised money to benefit the terror group Hamas. He is a top lieutenant of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Qaradawi, who exhorts followers to kill every last Jew; sanctioned suicide bombings and the killing of our soldiers; expressed support for executing apostates and stoning gays; and declared that the “U.S. is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support.”

As jihad watchdogs have reported, the administration has rolled out the red carpet for dozens of Muslim Brotherhood officers, flacks and sympathizers. IPT noted last year: “White House visitor logs show that top U.S. policy-makers are soliciting and receiving advice from people who, at best, view the war on terrorism as an unchecked war on Muslims. These persons’ perspectives and preferred policies handcuff law enforcement and weaken our resolve when it comes to confronting terrorism.”

So why was bin Bayyah there?  Andrew McCarthy writes that he wants to press the Obama administration to robustly intervene in Syria on behalf of the rebels:

This marks a new low for the administration that, in brazen violation of U.S. counterterrorism law, previously invited a member of the Blind Shiekh’s terrorist organization for consultations at the White House.

Notably, bin Bayyah lobbied the administration to “take urgent action” to help the Syrian “rebels” (i.e., the factions opposing the Assad regime, which are dominated by Islamic supremacists and violent jihadists – more accurately described as the Syrian mujahideen than as “rebels”). As Emerson and Rossamondo observe, President Obama has since announced plans to arm the Syrian opposition.

If clerics with bin Bayyah’s resumé are pushing for US assistance to the rebels, shouldn’t that be a big warning flag about the nature of the rebellion?  That’s a lesson we could have used before doing the same thing in Libya.

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obama furthers two:

1. Himself, always, even at the slave-departure door in Senegal.

2. His muslim brotherhood.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” – ancient maxim

I’ll give you two guesses where Team SCOAMT fits Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah in that (hint; it’s not in the middle).

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

We have three and half more years of this shite.

What were voters thinking this past November?

BuckeyeSam on June 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

So what did the White House want to discuss with bin Bayyah?

Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

I wonder.

Flange on June 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

It’s okay. They only discussed relations using NASA.

Nothing high tech or ballistic to worry about…..

viking01 on June 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Islamists love 0. Make no mistake, the feigned outrage directed at him is just that.

Bmore on June 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Imagine if Obama declaimed of the Iranians in Tehran that “those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values,” in the manner he once attacked John McCain for calling for border security in 2008.

Could not a worldly Obama at least go after the intolerant Saudis for spreading Wahhabi-hatred worldwide and for sending subsidies to radical Sunni terrorists, in the detailed way he once deconstructed rural conservative voters of Pennsylvania? He might have taken apart these dogmatic religious absolutists in the following manner: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

All such invective seems to sum up current Saudi society far better than it does the people of Pennsylvania. Could not the president finish by noting that their madrassas encourage divisions and discourage cooperation, just as he boldly lectured an Irish audience about the problems with Catholic parochial schools?

As far as these hyper-rich Persian Gulf sheikdoms go, could not the fearless Obama urge these “fat cats” to share their riches with poorer countries, in the manner he once sermonized to Americans in no uncertain terms: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody”? [Edited for readability]

http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/if-only-our-foreign-enemies-were-republicans/

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

What were voters thinking this past November?

BuckeyeSam on June 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Where is my Obama Phone? Really, that’s the only explanation I can think of. It has to be free stuff.

Oil Can on June 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

What were voters thinking this past November?

BuckeyeSam on June 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

What were they thinking in 2008, so close to 9/11/01? They were NOT thinking and deserve all they got.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Bark at the fake “slave door” you mean.

Besides, his mother’s side didn’t make that trip from Africa.

But yeah, just more of the same from these fools, kicking sand in the faces of our friends and embracing every savage they can find. Feel safer with these clowns running the show?

Bishop on June 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

One thing about when GWB was president I never had that gut feeling that he was going to sell out his fellow Americans. My gut feeling now is this president doesn’t consider himself an American and will sell us out in a New York minute. Hope it’s not racist to feel that way. Everything else we do nowadays is.

Herb on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Supporting moderation or playing with fire?

That question has long since been answered.

rrpjr on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Egypt is falling apart.

Turkey is a mess.

Syria is a disaster.

Libya is falling apart.

The ME policy is non-existent under obama.

Russia is a disaster.

China pees on the US, because obama lets her.

Ecuador promises to send 23 millin to the US, for instructions on freedom…tiny dictatorship Ecuador, go figure…

Name one nation, I triple dare you, which is free/freer due to obama.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

It gets even worse…

Obama: ‘Hey, You Crazy, Coptic Christians, Lighten Up On Pharaoh Morsi, Already!’

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Let me put on my Capt. Louis Renault costume – “I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find Team SCOAMT endorsing persecution of Christians.”

Back to being myself – guess where Team SCOAMT puts Coptic Christians in that ancient maxim I quoted above (hint; it’s not exactly at the ends).

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Name one nation, I triple dare you, which is free/freer due to obama.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Mexico?

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Just what I was thinking.

Cleombrotus on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

move along kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QIMucHfUMyg#at=275

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

As jihad watchdogs have reported, the administration has rolled out the red carpet for dozens of Muslim Brotherhood officers, flacks and sympathizers.

People across the political spectrum are telling us that we have to submit to Big Brother so that ‘We can catch the terrorists!’

WTF?

We don’t need Big Brother to find the terrorists. The fluking Obama Administration invites them to the White House.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Supporting moderation or playing with fire?

That question has long since been answered.

rrpjr on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

…by Beavis and Butthead.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

How come we aren’t hearing much about Syria anymore? What about all the poison gas that was killing people?

Blake on June 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Speaking of fatwas…

Fatwa: ‘Sodomy For Jihad’ Is Honourable

Don’t open if you are easily-offended by RWM dirty cartoons.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

They wanted to tell bin to dial it down so prezzy can be more flexible. Actually bin went to slap them in the face and say wake up infidels and do our bidding.

Kissmygrits on June 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

No longer a god

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Is this true?

right2bright on June 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

How come we aren’t hearing much about Syria anymore?

Blake on June 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Because we are arming people that do this:

POTD: President Obama, Please Explain Why We Are Arming People Who Do This…

POTD: Nice Syrian Friends You’ve Got There, Barry, Insane, Lurch & Marco

It’s far better for the Obama administration for the Syria issue to take a backseat waaaaay behind topics like calorie taxes and Michelle’s biceps.

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Obama won the Muslim Brotherhood “Overachiever of the Month” award and the cleric came to personally give it to Barry….

albill on June 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Name one nation, I triple dare you, which is free/freer due to obama.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Technically speaking I think it’s triple “dog” dare.

Tater Salad on June 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

If you had brought that up in a QOTD thread, I would have had a ready-made song topping the Islamokazi charts for that.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Name one nation, I triple dare you, which is free/freer due to obama.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Technically speaking I think it’s triple “dog” dare.

Tater Salad on June 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Had the dog not been eaten, it would have been.

Steve Eggleston on June 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

They really should explain it to the American people. But they can’t since it would damage the terror cred of the friends they are trying to make.

This is the winning hearts and minds strategy on steroids.

Your great hero President Reagan cuddled the Taliban.

I disagree with all of it but I am a neanderthal.

IlikedAUH2O on June 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Bin Bayyah did publicly reject in 2010 a fatwa used by AQ to justify its terrorism, saying that they had “erred in [their] interpretation and misapplied the revealed texts.” That didn’t make him terribly popular with the extremists, but as IPT points out, bin Bayyah has some history with fatwas, too. His tenure at IUMS as a high-ranking official coincided with their own declaration in 2004 that fighting and killing American troops in Iraq was a “duty” for Muslims.

As was once reported about Yasser Arafat, Bin Bayyah probably says one thing to Westerners in English, and the exact opposite in Arabic to his Muslim “brothers”. Unless he considers Obama to be one of his Muslim “brothers”.

Bin Bayyah should not be allowed within AR-15 range of the White House.

Steve Z on June 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

May they go about the dreadful business of killing each other till none are left.

Bmore on June 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m sorry, maybe I’ve forgotten – how are the words ‘traitor’ and ‘treason’ defined again?

Midas on June 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

move along kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QIMucHfUMyg#at=275

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

The GOP could learn from this girl.

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

At what point does this become treason?

rjh on June 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

At what point does this become treason?

rjh on June 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Four years ago.

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I just hope that I’m still around for the backlash, and not too old to enjoy it.

Akzed on June 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Besides, his mother’s side didn’t make that trip from Africa.

Bishop on June 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

His father’s didn’t either. They were the blacks and/or muslims who shoved the slaves down that door, for lots of dough.

Plus, read GWB’s recent speech at that door and then read God’s, er obama’s. The latter was all about himself. GWB’s was all about the slaves.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

At what point does this become treason?
rjh on June 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Treason doth never prosper.
And what’s the reason?
For when it prospereth,
None dare call it treason.

Akzed on June 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I call it collaborating with the enemy. Pretty simple.

JimK on June 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

After 9/11 Bush vowed to fight errorists abroad & deprive them of any safe haven…

o In a city in Northwest Libya, there is a port city famous for recruiting Jihadists to go to Afghanistan & Iraq to fight and kill Americans during these wars. Obama ordered the militarty being targeted by these terrorists/Jihadists to HELP OVERTHROW Qadaffi, thereby providing Al Qaeda / terrorists with not only their on safe haven but their own NATION!

o In Egypt, Obama helped expedite the overthrow of Mubarak, a previous friend to the US who helped keep the peace between religious faction there through heavy-handed control. Obama then demanded the elections be moved up rather than allow it to take place at its regular time, which would have given would-be candidates more time to organize. Moving the election up greatly benefitted the TERRORIST group The Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt, once again giving not only a safe haven to terrorists but also give them their own nation!

o In Iran, when the people rose up to overthrow their extremist government in favor of democracy, Obama turned his back on them.

o Obama has been caught when he thought he was off microphone insulting Israel’s leader, making secret deals with Russian puppets, and bad mouthing other Americans.

o The Taliban mutilates women, refuses to allow them to go to school or work, treats them like property, & – like the Muslim Brotherhood – smbraces & supports the highly oppressive religion called Shar’ia law. Many Americans gave their lives to free Afghans, drive the taliban out, & give rights to women. this past week an Obama representative was to meet with Afghan President Kharzi, & members of the taliban regarding SHARING POWER IN AFGHANISTAN! An hour before the scheduled meeting, Taliban members attacked Kharzi’s compound in an attemp to kill the US Rep & Kharzi, but neither one was there at the time. Several people were killed in the attack, the taliban assassins were killed, and the US Rep & Kharzi were unhurt. The Obama administration stated later THE TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE. (ARE YOU SERIOUS?!)

O After engagin in talks with Al Qaeda’s #1 leader, after visiting Jihadist web sights on which he called himself a ‘Soldier of Allah’, after he threatened to behead his fellow officers for not agreeing to convert to Islam, after gunning down his fellow soldiers who were preparing to deploy while he yelled ‘Allah Ackbar’, Obama rejected the idea that Major Hassan’s attack was a TERRORIST ATTACK but was instead merely a case of ‘WORKPLACE VIOLENCE’!

o The Obama administration actually allowed members of the terrorist group the Muslim Brotherhood who were on the ‘No Fly List’ fly to the United States and actually sit in on Cabinet Meetings!

AND NOW we find out that Obama has met in OUR White House the deputy of banned Muslim Brotherhood cleric Bin Bayyah?!

How much more evidence do the American people need to figure out he is an Islamic Extremist Sympathizer?!

easyt65 on June 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

move along kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QIMucHfUMyg#at=275

roflmmfao

donabernathy on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

That needs to go viral.

SailorMark on June 28, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Mexico?

davidk on June 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Not looking for sarcasm on this one. NO one has answered my challenge…because they can’t, not even the most vile lefties. NO one can answer the challenge because there is no such nation.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I call it collaborating with the enemy. Pretty simple.

JimK on June 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

obama is your enemy. Wake up America!

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Has there ever been a President or Congress for that matter that has done more to diminish the sovereignty of this nation?

It’s like it’s not even our own government anymore.

PappyD61 on June 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

WH play date

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Meanwhile, in ‘Fast & Furious – The Syrian Edition’…

‘Our Team’ In Syria Slaughters Catholic Priest Defending Nuns. Way To Go, Barry!!!

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Resist We Much on June 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

O_O I am just too gobsmacked…

Obama has to go, there are no other words to say.

He is destroying what little credibility our country has left.

I can only shake my head in abject sadness and disgust…

I am beyond words right now.

Scrumpy on June 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

“You guys are being too hard on Barack, that good looking and clean black guy. Are you unaware that Washington met in the White House with the King of England during the Revolution, or that Lincoln met there with Davis during the Civil War, or that our super patriot Woodrow Wilson met in the White House with the Kaiser during WWI, and that our Forever Exalted FDR met in the White House with Hitler, Tito and Hirohito at the height of WWII? Barack is just doing what any great leader would be doing. I speak the truth”

–J. Biden

NOMOBO on June 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Supporting moderation or playing with fire?

No, just embracing our new overlords…

Allywannacracker or something…

Joe Biden aside (NOMOBO on June 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM)….I wonder if FDR ever considered inviting Goebbels or Goering, maybe Rudolf Hess, to the White House, to, you know, embrace the opinions of the other side.

How much more do we need to be enlightened about the religion of peace and how they mean us no harm at all so long as we faithfully submit? Still kicking around a UN resolution making it a crime against humanity to blaspheme Allah or the profit prophet. Madness. Writ large.

Thus White House invite? WALOC!

coldwarrior on June 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

This is insane and totally expected from this administration..If they had their way no one could criticize Islam..

Bin Bayyah, for his part, has urged the U.N. to criminalize blasphemy. His group has spoken out in favor of Hamas and in 2009 issued a fatwa barring “all forms of normalization” with Israel.

sadsushi on June 28, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Treason doth never prosper.
And what’s the reason?
For when it prospereth,
None dare call it treason.

Akzed on June 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Indeed.

AesopFan on June 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM