Senator Ted Cruz (TX), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has re-introduced a bill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, which would make it a crime to provide material support to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) & other Brotherhood fronts.

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“I am proud to reintroduce this bill and to advance America’s fight against radical Islamic terrorism,” said Cruz in a statement released by his office. “I commend the current administration’s work calling terrorism by its name and combating the spread of this potent threat, and I look forward to receiving the additional information this new bill requests from the Department of State.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

“Many of our closest allies in the Arab world have long ago concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group that seeks to sow chaos across the Middle East, and I will continue working with my colleagues to take action against groups that finance terrorism.

In the same statement, Inhofe said, “since the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Brotherhood-affiliated groups have consistently preached and incited hatred against Christians, Jews, and other Muslims while supporting designated radical terrorists,” the statement read.

Sen. Inhofe added: 

“Since the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Brotherhood-affiliated groups have consistently preached and incited hatred against Christians, Jews, and other Muslims while supporting designated radical terrorists. I am proud that under the Trump administration we continue to call out and combat radical terrorism, and I am glad to join my colleagues today in reintroducing this legislation. We must continue to condemn Foreign Terrorist Organizations and hold them accountable for the evil they perpetrate.” 

The full text of Sen. Cruz’s bill may be viewed here. Sen. Cruz has long called to designate the Muslim Brotherhood, among other organizations promoting terrorism, as FTOs. Sen. Cruz first introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in 2015 and previously reintroduced the bill in 2017.

The Trump administration has reportedly considered designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group but has received pushback from Pentagon and other officials.

Robert Spencer wrote for PJ Media about the Bill:
“Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has reintroduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, explaining that he believes it will “advance America’s fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), one of the bill’s cosponsors, notes that “since the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Brotherhood-affiliated groups have consistently preached and incited hatred against Christians, Jews, and other Muslims while supporting designated radical terrorists.” That is true, and they have done it while having the ear of some of the top officials in the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement apparatus, and that’s why this bill is so needed.

The passage of S. 2230, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, is not just an option. It’s a necessity – to bring sanity back to U.S. foreign and domestic policy.”

In 2018, Cruz blasted the Obama administration for running interference for radical Islam, pointing out that the “Muslim Brotherhood does not hide that they are a terrorist organization.”

According to some researchers, the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella includes 73 legal and taxpayer-supported organizations who fight against American civil liberties. 

 

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