Paul is the author of Stealth Jihad Phase 2: Infiltrate American Colleges. Paul has been on WYSL and the Radio Jihad Network an educational informational network of shows on Blog Talk Radio. Paul’s research has been appreciated by P. David Gaubatz, author of Muslim Mafia and Ryan Mauro, of the Clarion Project. But Paul does more than write, he travels and speaks to groups about his concerns.
As the world becomes smaller, colleges, universities and institutions of higher education become places where students get their first glimpse of the world. Part of this is because places of higher education recruit the world to their doorstep. It isn’t unusual to find people from 10 different countries or more on any college campus.
In acknowledging this simple fact, we acknowledge that institutions are turning their mission of educating people from a local mission to a global objective. I have been present when Admissions Officers have openly bragged about how far and wide the reach of their college is, and rightly so. All of this is good. Reaching the world, teaching the world, bringing education into the world is an honorable mission.
But, in seeking to educate students in a global way, do institutions of higher learning have obligations to those students who are from other countries? First and foremost do they have an obligation to provide a safe environment? The simple answer is, yes. Colleges around the world have hired security guards, computer technicians in charge of network security and have expanded into teaching and training staff to be culturally sensitive.
So, do places of higher learning have an obligation to warn students if they have an entity on their campus that is tied to a group banned by a prospective student’s country? Are they obligated to warn a potential student with something like, “Your country does not allow this or that and we have that here”?
Now, what is there that needs labeling?
On December 25th of 2013 the Egyptian government formally declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities. You are probably thinking so what. If you are, you are also probably unaware that the Muslim Brotherhood has been officially operating in the USA since 1963 on college campuses. The Muslim Brotherhood has formally acknowledged the group that started it all here in the United States. That group just celebrated a 50th anniversary.
Simply put, does a college have an obligation to warn the student body if a group on campus has known connections to the Muslim Brotherhood? When your college is contacted by an Egyptian, is the Admissions Officer ethically and legally bound under law to warn the potential student a group exists at the college that government of Egypt has technically labeled as criminal? This is not about religious freedom or freedom of speech. It is a question that must be asked and answered to protect the futures of students from Egypt who choose to study in the USA.
Now for the name of the group. The Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) was formerly claimed by the Muslim Brotherhood in their 1991 Explanatory Memorandum. According to the Muslim Students Association there are 750 groups including affiliates in North American colleges. That memorandum included a declaration that the group is engaged in the following:
‘civilization jihadist process,’ and all that the word means. The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated…
Academicians truly have no excuse for not knowing about this connection of the Muslim Student Association with Muslim Brotherhood. It has been documented extensively since the Chicago Tribune first exposed the connection in 2004. FBI records document their close observations of MSA also and their comments and filings on the topic are now publicly available. Academicians have no right to claim ignorance, especially after nine years of the group being exposed in the media and the federal court system.
But let’s get back to the original question and reword it to fit this specific situation. Is a college admissions officer under an ethical requirement to inform potential Egyptian students that their college hosts or allows a Muslim Student Association, which is affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood, the very group that the government of Egypt has declared to be terrorists?
Some colleges might find they have to give an additional warning. What could be worse than simply informing a potential student of the MSA? Simply put, it is that the college may finance the activities of the group that has a terrorist affiliation according to the government of Egypt. Some colleges have allowed their lack of understanding of this group to fool them into being embarrassed after learning they paid for a speaker who encourages jihad, sharia and has even been named by the federal government for taking part in terrorist funding.
Now a responsible admissions officer may want to know whether the MSA is the only Muslim Brotherhood front group on college campuses? Sadly, the answer is, no. Two other prominent groups are on college campuses, the Muslim American Society (MAS), which according to the average Muslim, “everyone knows MAS is Brotherhood.” Then there is the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). IIIT according to the FBI in 1988, led the Muslim Brotherhood in North America.
This brings us to another level of discovery and asking questions. Is the college admissions officer under obligation to a potential Egyptian student to warn them that they have a professor on campus affiliated with a group that is known to be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government of Egypt has declared a terrorist group?
If an admissions officer does not inform a potential student from Egypt of these things and they apply and come to the campus as a student, could there be a problem? Is the admissions officer somehow responsible if the lack of information leads to the student being denied the right to return to their home country, because they are seen as having been influenced by those who are members of a group that the Egyptian government has declared terrorists?
What if a college learns this information and then elects to order their admission counselors not to inform students? Can that college be deemed ethical? These are very important questions that must be answered today.