(ELCA) Evangelical Lutheran Synod of America’s ties to the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Brotherhood

Exhibit A:

The ELCA, Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood


 As the saying goes, “Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.”   Who are the bedfellows of the ELCA? 

Now we find that the ELCA is also very close with an organization called the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).   Here is some information about the ISNA:


  • “(T)he United States Department of Justice named ISNA . . . as an unindicted co-conspirator and one of a number of ‘entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.’”  (see here)
  • “According to columnist Rod Dreher’s interpretation of court documents, ‘ISNA is an integral part of the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s efforts to wage jihad against America through non-violent means.’” (see here)
  • “(T)he FBI has uncovered internal Muslim Brotherhood documents naming ISNA as ‘one of our organizations and the organizations of our friends.’” (see here)
  • “ISNA was created by members of the Muslim Brotherhood – a radical Egyptian movement that seeks to spread Shariah law globally – in the U.S.  Many of those founders remain in leadership positions with ISNA.  (read here) In the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case, the United States Department of Justice named ISNA, along with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the North American Islamic Trust, as an unindicted co-conspirator and one of a number of “entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”[13][14][15] According to columnist Rod Dreher‘s interpretation of court documents, “ISNA is an integral part of the [Muslim] Brotherhood’s efforts to wage jihad against America through non-violent means.”[16]

(If you would like more details pertaining to the Muslim Brotherhood, what they are and what they stand for, check out this article)

So with that information about the ISNA and the Muslim Brotherhood, let’s look at relationship the ELCA has to the ISNA:

  • The national director for the Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) spoke to the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. (see here)  The ELCA website quotes the ISNA speaker as saying, “(w)e have worked with your organization and leaders [and] we have seen this tireless leader of yours, who’s been here for hours and hours. But I’ve seen him in the corridors of power speaking the truth about issues … whether it is about peace in the Middle East or anti-Muslim bigotry in America. . . we are working together in shaping the new millennium.” (read here)  The ISNA representative received three standing ovations from the ELCA leadership at the Assembly.
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson said the following at the ELCA 2011 Churchwide Assembly,“I’m very pleased to now welcome an interfaith partner to this assembly.  Dr. Sayyid Sayeed, is the National Director for the Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances of the Islamic Society of North America.  He has become a close friend.  We share a deep commitment to our growing relationship and dialog, but not just in dialog, in our working together to build a more peaceful and just world both in this country and in places of tension throughout the world.”(see here – plenary six)
  • Presiding Bishop Hanson turned to the ISNA representative and said, “ . . . I hope you hear both our warm response to your being here, but beneath that, the commitment to walk together.”  (see here – plenary six)
  • The ELCA official website has the ISNA listed under a section called “Our Partners.” (see here)
  • The Islamic Society of North America lists and links to the ELCA on a page entitled “Our Partners.” (you can go to their website and find the link)
  • ELCA website links to the ISNA’s website. (see here)
  • The Rev. Donald J. McCoid, Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, represented the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, at an emergency interfaith summit called by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) (see here)
  • Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, Executive Director of the ELCA’s Division for Global Mission and ISNA representative hold a press conference with other faith leaders. (see here)

The ELCA leadership is working with and partnering with the ISNA, an organization that is said to have very close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. 



Exhibit B:

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” ~ Romans 12:18

The office of ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, in cooperation with the ELCA Global Mission, shares responsibility for an expression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s relationships with people of other living faiths.

Study Guide for Discover Islam DVD Series ELCA synod offices, seminaries and members of our nationwide Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network recently received a generous gift from Discover Islam – USA: complimentary copies of a six-disc DVD series titled Discover Islam. This series, endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, can also be previewed and purchased at www.discoverislam.com.

Through the leadership of the ELCA Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Muslim Relations, we developed a study guide for use with the series, authored by Carol Schersten LaHurd, Ph.D. The guide seeks to provide an interpretive framework, exploring how we, as Christians, might best approach and better understand each of the topics:



Exhibit: C

Interfaith press conference on Capitol Hill – Nov. 2, 2011  (photo included on website)

Interfaith leaders hold a press conference urging the United States to keep financial support for poverty-focused development assistance programs in the federal budget. The leaders held the press conference in front of the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

Rev. John McCullough (standing at podium), Executive Director and CEO, Church World Service, led the press conference.

Press conference attendees include (from left to right, standing in the semi-circle):

–       Bishop Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
- Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Bishop Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Diocese of Maryland of Episcopal Church
- Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Second Episcopal District Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Galen Carey, Vice President-Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals
- Betty Israel, National Social Services Secretary, Salvation Army
- Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
- Dr. Sayyid Sayeed, National Director for Office of Interfaith & Community Alliances for Islamic Society of North America
- Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- Rev. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, Executive Director, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division for Global Mission
- Rev. Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock, Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church, New Castle, Delaware
- Rev. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
- Rev. Stephan Bauman, President, World Relief Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the Worldwww.flickr.com/photos/breadfortheworld/6307071984/

Exhabit D:

Sayyid Syeed, former Secretary General of ISNA, and current National Director of its Office of Interfaith Relations, is also on the list as a “records custodian” to testify about “bank records of the Holy Land Foundation.” Syeed is appearing as a representative of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), also named by the HLF prosecutors as a Muslim Brotherhood group and an un-indicted co-conspirator in the case. NAIT, a subsidiary of ISNA, holds the deeds to more than 25% of the mosques and Islamic centers around the U.S. What NAIT does not control, it attempts to acquire, even against the wishes of the mosque’s membership (free registration required) and sometimes by force.http://www.investigativeproject.org/291/hlf-trial-update-muslim-brotherhood-on-the-witness-stand  http://www.investigativeproject.org/