Information or Islamophobia?

Michael Hoehn, an attorney and executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Alliance for Vigilance, spoke last week at several Oklahoma City and Edmond venues, such as the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and the High Noon Club.

Hoehn spoke to the groups about a wide range of threats from Islam, including terrorist attacks, the implementation of Shariah, or Islamic law, and efforts by the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate government.

“How many of you remember where you were when you heard we had been attacked on 9/11?” Hoehn asked the crowd April 29 at the High Noon Club. “Do you remember what it was that you felt when you first learned we had been attacked? Were you angry? Were you shocked? Maybe a little anxious? When I heard we had been attacked, after the shock wore off, I got mad. I got fighting mad, and I wanted to do something about it.”

Speaking the week before Osama bin Laden’s death, Hoehn said he began searching for the truth. The speaker said he learned the al- Qaida leader was only one face of a larger movement under the Muslim Brotherhood banner that had the common goal of establishing world wide Islamic rule and Shariah law.

Documents from a foiled terror plot in which a man was allegedly plotting to blow up the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, prove this, Hoehn said.

“The mission of the Brotherhood is to ‘destroy Western civilization from within and sabotage its miserable house by their hands and the hands of believers.’ Let me ask you a question. What do you think they meant by the term ‘by their hands’?” Hoehn said. “They’re talking about us. They have co-opted our leadership. They’re using 1980s Soviet-style information warfare against us. We have been infiltrated. We have evidence that our government, our military, our law enforcement, virtually every level of society has been infiltrated by elements of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Muslim Brotherhood was the driving force behind the Egyptian revolution, Hoehn said.

“I heard the other day that the morality police were patrolling the streets of Cairo, checking young women, doing virginity checks on them,” Hoehn said. “I am deeply concerned Egypt is going to become a Muslim theocracy.”

Meanwhile, in the other Middle Eastern and North African countries, the Muslim Brotherhood is also playing a large role in the uprisings, he said.

“If you look at the facts, if you look behind the scenes, what do you  see?” Hoehn asked.
“Tunisia, Libya — what’s going on there now — Egypt, Saudi Arabia — has
been under attack. Syria, Qatar, Yemen — all these countries. The Muslim
Brotherhood is at work behind the scenes. You don’t always hear this
because they’re using these students. It’s what Lenin used to call
‘useful idiots.’”

Although Hoehn’s presentation ranged in scope from
venue to venue, his speech at the High Noon Club, which was attended by
state Reps. Sally Kern, Mike Reynolds, former state Sen. Randy Brogdon
and a field representative from U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s office, lasted for
about an hour and contained information ranging from the formation of
Islam to alleged plans to form Islamic shadow governments to step into
place once current governments have been overthrown.

your enemy, know yourself. If you do, you will win the war,” Hoehn
said, roughly quoting Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” “I submit to you,
ladies and gentlemen, we do not know our enemy. And we ignore that at
our risk.”

One woman in the audience asked what she should do with the information they had just received.

got to shut their schools down? We’ve got to ship them out of the
country?” she asked. “Is that what the goal is? Because what else do we
do?” “Well, I could talk on that question for about an hour. We’ve got
to be smart about this,” Hoehn said. “There’s a verse in the Bible that
says we’ve got to be as smart as serpents and as gentle as doves. You’ve
got to understand where these people are vulnerable. Do not go after
the Muslim Brotherhood operatives themselves; they are hardcore, you
won’t defeat them. Where you go after them … are our leaders that
they’re co-opting.”

Mohammed, a board member of the Oklahoma City chapter for the Council
on American-Islamic Relations — one of the groups Hoehn mentioned as an
“unindicted co-conspirator” in a terrorism funding case — said Hoehn was
promoting Islamophobia and racism.

obvious that he’s spreading hate and racism and scare tactics toward
Muslims, and he’s targeting hate toward us. We’re as much against
terrorism as he is,” Mohammed said. “I would advise him to educate
himself. He needs to get better information from better and more
reliable sources. We hate terrorism also. We can’t let a small portion
of people define us all.”

Clifton Adcock

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