ISNA Ft. Hood Statement Suggests "Double Standards"


All U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations have issued statements condemning the Ft. Hood shooting. However, the statement by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) contained an accusation of “double standards”, a rhetorical tactic frequently employed by U.S. Brotherhood organizations who often claim that acts of violence by Christian or Jews are treated different than those of Muslims:

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and four other Muslim and Arab organizations, held a press conference on Friday, November 6, at ISNA Washington Office on Capitol Hill to condemn the shootings at Fort Hood and urge the public to view this tragedy as an individual criminal, not representative of the Islamic faith. “We don’t know the motives or the state of mind of the perpetrator of this heinous crime, but we want our fellow Americans to know that Muslim Americans condemn this horrific attack and see it as a complete violation of Islamic values and norms,” said Dr. Louay Safi, ISNA director of communications and leadership development. “As with Timothy McVeigh, the sniper, we focused on the person, not their religion. You wouldn’t take a Christian or a Jewish soldier who did something like this and look at other Christians and Jews and say, ‘Can we trust them?’ ” said Qaseem Uqdah, a former Marine and executive director of the American Muslims in Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council.

A report by the Hudson Institute has identified ISNA as a major part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. The organization has a long history of fundamentalism, anti-semitism, and support for terrorism and during the recent Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial, ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator. Although recently ISNA has issued condemnations of terrorism which for the first time identify Hamas and Hezbollah by name, there is no indication that the organization has ever addressed or acknowledged its history.

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