Nearly a quarter of a million people signed a petition asking that the Muslim Brotherhood officially be declared a terrorist organization and the White House responded with a resounding no.
Sticking with the tired sentiment that Islam is a religion of peace, the White House explained in their response to the online petition that there is not “credible evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced its decades-long commitment to non-violence.”
The “We the People” petition acquired 213,146 signatures since it was first posted on July 7, 2013, which far surpassed the 100,000 signatures required to garner a response. The first 100,000 were received within just 30 days of the petition going live, according to The Blaze.
The administration made their response public on the White House petition page where it’s currently posted as the top item under the “Recent Responses” tab.
“The United States does not condone political violence of any kind and we continue to press actors of all viewpoints to peacefully engage in the political process,” the response reads. “The United States is committed to thwarting terrorist groups that pose a threat to U.S. interests and those of our partners.”
The petition began the same month that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohammed Morsi was removed from power and noted, “The Muslim Brotherhood has shown in the past few days that it is willing to engage in violence and killing of innocent civilians in order to invoke fear in the hearts of its opponents. This is terrorism.” To further support that claim, several individuals on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, such as Hamas and Egypt’s Gama’a al-Islamiyya, have had proven relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Backed by several Republican members of Congress who pushed for legislation that would classify this group as terrorists, the petition declared that the Brotherhood “has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas.” The original intent was that by officially calling the Brotherhood what so many Americans agree they are, it would ensure a safer future for all of us.
Although the administration’s refusal to call a spade a spade is disheartening, the decision is not surprising in the perpetual game of political correctness and protecting those that want to harm Americans.
—Courtesy of Mad World News