In the midst of a long article about reform in Arab countries, the President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) mischaracterizes the U.S. State Department position on the Muslim Brotherhood. In the article, Radwan Masmoudi recommends that:
…U.S. diplomats must seriously engage with leaders of moderate Islamic parties, those who reject violence and endorse democray, about how best to promote democratic governance and human rights in their countries. This will require the State Department to abandon its almost exclusively secular approach to political reform in the region–a tone-deafness to matters of faith that has frustrated would-be reformers.
It would seem that rather than being “tone-deaf to matters of faith”, the U.S. government continues to be concerned about the Brotherhood’s true commitment to democracy and about it’s continuing support of Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism. CSID itself has numerous individuals associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has a history of attempting to steer the language of terrorism, Jihad for example, in a manner which would support the global Islamist movement.