An influential Catholic bishop will speak on a panel tomorrow in San Diego with a representative of a Muslim organization that has been tied to a secret jihad-funding operation in Texas.
Bishop Robert McElroy, Diocese of San Diego, is speaking at a conference called “Deepening Inter-Religious Dialogue and Community Alliances” at the University of San Diego. His fellow panelist is Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, which was reportedly founded by members of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, which is considered to be the most influential Muslim group in the world and also committed to imposing Islamic Sharia law all over the world.
The panel will look at how “Violent extremism, terrorism, and transnational violent movements under a religious banner have led to growing public concern.” The panel will also consider how “Security-based approaches to countering violence and extremism have in turn created new threats, particularly against the Muslim community in America.”
The panel is part of a new effort of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to “dialogue” with Muslims in America.
A new committee of the USCCB was announced on Feb. 8 by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield, MA., who said the initiative was founded because the “national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse, and driven by fear and often willful misinformation.” The National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue will be chaired by Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago.