The question was posed this way:

Is it true The Muslim Brotherhood has extensive operations inside the government…?


The question divides into two portions: (a) Are Muslim organizations extensively influential over the US government?, and (b) Are those Muslim organizations fairly considered as part of the Muslim Brotherhood?

To (a), this is uncontroversial. And […]


Why do the Jihadists hate America? There are three broad schools of thought in the US on this topic:

Progressives insist that jihadists are only reacting to our provocations of them, from attacking their countries. Libertarians assert that it is cynical US manipulation of Middle Eastern governments, which they consider to be (or have been) […]


More from the conversation with “THE RIPENING WANDERER” on the “only a few” defense of Islam. He wrote: […]


I was asked to address this question about the Muslim Brotherhood (“Ikhwan”) in another blog, and here’s the question and my reply: […]

Cruz Missiles 02: Syrian Refugees

Ted Cruz and Syrian Refugees Here is the video portion of interest, at about 16:50 in. You may wish to back up a couple of minutes and listen to his commentary as he develops the points on the screen: […]

Religious Differences

Even to a person who has never been a believer in any faith, the differences between faiths may still be observed.



This Arabic term refers to the act of declaring someone non-Muslim. It is thus similar to a death sentence, and has been used as such throughout Islamic history. When one group of Muslims decides that another group believes erroneously, they can pronounce takfir upon them and then they can be attacked and killed.This is important to Muslims, as the Qur’an contains clear instruction not to kill Muslims, and not to kill innocents: Sunnis and Shias and Salafis and Wahhabis and Qur’an-only and Ahmadis have all been treated this way from time to time, with Sunnis (as by far the most common) usually on the pronouncing side. It is, in effect, a sort of Obama/Clinton pronouncement: “That group has absolutely nothing to do with Islam!” Except… […]

Access Denied

There is a story in the news about Muslims from the UK being denied entry to the United States, supposedly because of Donald Trump’s rhetoric. There are things not mentioned in this story, however… […]


There is a group of Muslims who would fairly qualify as moderate. They have their own Caliph, and they strongly advocate peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims and other sects of Islam. They really are tolerant, not just in conversations for the benefit of gullible Westerners, but even in Arabic. This is all good news. But… […]


Moderate Islam is a phrase treated differently by different factions: […]