Anti-Muslim xenophobe Steve Emerson recently made another appearance on Fox News–this time to bash Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for daring to go to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Think Progress' Ali Frick quotes (1/9/09) the FoxNews.com passage containing their only source:
But Ellison, the only Muslim in Congress, is coming under fire for his ties to the Muslim American Society, which one terrorism expert called "the Muslim equivalent of the neo-Nazi party."
"It is the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.," said Steven Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. "The agenda of the MAS is to ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€šÂ¦ impose Islamic law in the U.S., to undermine U.S. counterterrorism policy." [ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€šÂ¦]
Emerson said EllisonÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s embrace of MAS was an attempt to legitimize the group, which he called out of the mainstream. "It's very troubling that he is trying to project an image of moderation, but he is tied to these radical groups," Emerson told FoxNews.com.
Never mind that, as Frick notes, "the Minnesota Independent pointed out [that] MAS 'has earned the respect of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the St. Paul Police Department and former Vice President Walter Mondale.'"
Read the FAIR magazine Extra!: "Steven Emerson's Crusade: Why Is a Journalist Pushing Questionable Stories from Behind the Scenes?" (1-2/99) by John F. Sugg