The “non-sectarian” Yusuf al-Qaradawi

The best-known Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world and one of the most famous Islamist thinkers, addressed a massive crowd today in Cairo’s Tahir Square.  As Middle East scholar Barry Rubin noted,

“Qaradawi, though some in the West view him as a moderate, supports the straight Islamist line: anti-American, anti-Western, wipe Israel off the map, foment Jihad, stone homosexuals, in short the works.”

In other words, we can expect the Guardian to whitewash Qaradawi’s extremism in future columns and, indeed, in a brief summary of the day’s rally in Cairo, the Guardian described him as merely “controversial” and characterized his speech as “non-sectarian.”

Here’s a video of an interview Qaradawi recently gave that is decidedly, let’s say, “sectarian.”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il5xam68ams]

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