[lit-ideas] Re: Ground Zero Mosque's Saudi Patron

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 07:55:20 -0700

Ah ha.  I knew it.  Leave it to the Left apologists for moderate and or
radical Muslim to ferret out the seething right-wing cauldron of
insidiousness behind this harmless seeming Business journal.    Glenn Beck?
Very interesting.  I never watch him; so I'll take your word for it.  Glenn
Beck is behind Investors Business Daily?  Or did I get that wrong.  Maybe
you said  this business journal sounds like Glenn Beck and is therefore
Glenn Beck oriented . . .  All I need to know is that it is Glenn-Beck-type
guilty!  Enough said.


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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Ground Zero Mosque's Saudi Patron

Lawrence Helm gave the following link and then wrote:


"The Saudi individual identified as a Mosque backer has strong ties to the
Muslim Brotherhood."

This article is terrible, being all 'Glenn Beck' rhetoric and no reporting.

For example, here is the article's discussion of the relationship between
Alwaleed bin Talal and the Muslim Brotherhood:

"Bin Talal is a major financier of Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the U.S" [No
mention of specific organizations.]

"His foundation is run by Saudi hijabi Muna Abu Sulayman" who is the
daughter of a man who is claimed to be 'one of the most important figures in
the history of the global Muslim Brotherhood'.  [We aren't told what makes
the man important, only that some members of the Muslim Brotherhood think he
is important.  And the reference to 'hijabi' is worth mentioning, why?]

"Dr. Sulayman's U.S. offices were raided by the feds after 9/11 on suspicion
of providing material support to terror groups." [No mention of charges.
Apparently the mere fact that a raid happened is evidence of something.]

Sulayman studied in Cairo, the city which is the headquarters of the Muslim
Brotherhood. [No mention of any contact.]

And the 'Glenn Beck' conclusion:

"Rauf insists he's a 'healer' trying to build 'bridges' between Islam and
the West. But these radical Brotherhood connections raise new suspicions."
[No mention of specific suspicions.]

The article establishes no connection between the Muslim Brotherhood and
either bin Talal or the center.  There is no evidence provided that bin
Talal has supported Brotherhood charities nor is there evidence given that
Sulayman, or her father, have provided support to the Brotherhood.  The best
the writer can do is put Sulayman in the same city as the Brotherhood and
point to Rauf's work on shariah.

For more information on the Saudi patron, see:


To shamelessly steal from Jon Stewart, if Lawrence were truly opposed to
this Saudi patron of the Brotherhood, he should also be raising alarms about
how bin Talal's other investments in the U.S., including his considerable
investment in News Corp., are furthering the interests of the Muslim


Phil Enns

p.s. For those who may not be familiar with News Corp, this is the parent
company of Fox News.
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