Editor’s Note: Three American scholars, two Christians and one Muslim, spoke to WND to sound alarms on Islamism – otherwise known as political Islam. They say there will be trouble unless Americans fight political Islam’s war of ideas. This interview with Robert R. Reilly, of the American Foreign Policy Council, is the first of the series.
WASHINGTON – America needs to interact with Muslims and encourage them, but not all Muslims, and especially not those the U.S. government has taken under its wing, says noted Islam expert Robert R. Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council.
Even while branches of al-Qaida strategize how to kill Americans, the U.S. is giving gifts of fighter jets and billions in taxpayer dollars directly to Islamist organizations and nations like Egypt that are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida’s parent organization. There also is evidence that the U.S. was supplying the radical Muslim rebels in Syria, all of which raise strategic, political and economic questions – and religious concerns.
“The problem exists at the theological level and so it requires a theological solution. Once we do that, we ought to support the Muslims in the world who are advancing that solution. Instead, we’re supporting the Muslim Brotherhood – we’re supporting the side that is against our own interests.”
Reilly, a Catholic who served in the Defense Department and Voice of America under President George W. Bush, has authored “The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist.”
“If the title of my book wasn’t incendiary enough,” Reilly told WND, “the subtitle actually comes from my introduction, in which I quote one of the great Muslim scholars of the 20th century, a Pakistani by the name of Fazlur Rahman [1911-88]. He served at the ministerial level in Pakistan before he was driven out of the country for his ideas on educational reform.”