Hailed as an interfaith “pioneer,” Maher Hathout of the Council on Foreign Affairs and the Islamic Center of Southern California was widely touted as a voice of moderation and opponent of Islamic extremism.
Except when he was convincing federal officials to support terrorists or spewing hatred against Israel, charges a report from The Investigative Project on Terrorism, or IPT.
When Hathout, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC, passed away Saturday, the praise from multiple sources was effusive.
In his life, he had won awards for “peacemaking” and was a frequent guest on Capitol Hill and at the State Department. He even became the first Muslim to give the invocation prayer at a national political convention, when he blessed the Democratic convention in 2000 in Los Angeles.
“He was a voice of moderation,” the Rev. George Regas, former pastor at All Saints Episcopal church in Pasadena, told Los Angeles Times…
Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, proclaimed, “Dr. Hathout, through his tireless community service and visionary leadership, serves as a model for the American Muslim community and for all Americans who seek a society based on justice, tolerance and mutual understanding.”
IPT, however, called CAIR’s “model for the American Muslim community” an “apologist for extremism”…
He admired figures associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, so it not surprising that CAIR would call him “a moderate.”