He deserves credit for reading my site
and taking it seriously.
His dismissal of the mountain of evidence for Halawa extremism on my site is ludicrous,
but at least he looked at it,
which is more than can be said for most Halawa supporters.
So credit for reading this site.
But the article is full of problems.
Brogan misquotes me. He says about me:
"On social media, he makes the claim that Hussein Halawa is for light wife beating and the killing of gays. He doesnít offer the evidence of when and where he said this. I think he might be putting the words of another cleric in his mouth. This other cleric is Yusuf al-Qaradawi."
This is wrong. I never said Halawa supported wife-beating. If Brogan linked all his claims to a source
he would see that. I said Qaradawi supports wife-beating.
"Mark Humphreys [sic] uses a picture of his emergency passport to suggest he did actually burn it."
I never believed that story, because there was no evidence.
But the new passport is odd, and makes me wonder could the story be true after all.
I am agnostic until more evidence emerges.
He says: "as we know, it was democracy and freedom that Ibrahim was searching for."
Halawa was fighting to oppress Egyptians under sharia law.
"there is a link to a picture of the jihadi flag upon the stage that Halawa addressed the rally. The flag is there, but no Ibrahim. This could be a picture taken from anywhere at anytime."
Not any time.
It is from the MB protests of July-Aug 2013, that Halawa spoke at.
And not anywhere. It is the same stage.
And look who is on stage:
who Halawa quoted in his speech as his leader at this time.
Would Brogan like to address the fact that Ibrahim
cited two anti-semites in his 3 minute speech?
So I don't think much of his apologetics.
But still, fair play for reading the enemy.
He is far more intellectually curious than
I orginally had my reply on the page:
The Irish left and the Halawas.
Brogan says he does not see himself as in "the Irish left".
He's not like
the virtue-signalling Marxists shouting "racist" at anyone who criticises Halawa.
So I've moved him to this page
away from those dreadful people.
He doesn't consider me as "the enemy".
But you should see the abuse I get for opposing the Halawas.
People block me, hurl gutter abuse, libel me, attack my professional life, complain to my employer.
All because I do not support the Muslim Brotherhood guy.
I am glad Brogan is different to Ireland's army of pro-Islamist leftists.
About Hussein Halawa supporting wife-beating:
"This refers to a comment Mark made on social media about Hussein Halawa."
I never said Halawa supported wife-beating.
"it is implied that he did burn the passport. Would this be fair?"
No, it is not fair.
I have no strong belief either way.
I am agnostic.
There is no evidence that a passport-burning video existed.
On the other hand, the emergency passport needs explanation.
About Ibrahim's speech:
"I donít see where he refers to Salah Soltan as his leader."
And then Brogan quotes him saying Soltan is his leader!
"I donít see anything anti-semitic in his speech."
That's not what I said.
I said he cited two anti-semites as his leaders.
He spoke in public for 3 minutes.
He did not cite Daniel O'Connell or Edmund Burke.
He cited two anti-semites, Soltan and Morsi.
Says it all about the world he comes from.
Dismissing the mountain of evidence:
The link to Merley's report "The Muslim Brotherhood in Ireland"
is indeed on my site.
I'm not sure what issues Brogan has with the sources.
The sources are many and varied,
even including left-wing sources like The Irish Times.
Maybe Brogan could give us a list of sources he would find acceptable?
"Maybe there are members of the Muslim Brotherhood that attend the Clonskeagh mosque".
No, they run the mosque.
If Brogan dismisses the mountain of evidence of MB links, I'm not sure what he wants as evidence.
He needs the mosque leaders to say "We are MB"?
That is never going to happen.
He complains that "Egyptians Abroad for Democracy" do not declare they are MB.
Of course not!
That is never going to happen.
So no amount of other evidence will satisfy Brogan.
The absurd idea that Ibrahim supports freedom and democracy:
Brogan claims that Ibrahim Halawa wants the secular democracy that we have in Ireland to come to Egypt.
This is not credible.
If you wanted that, you would not support the MB.
There is no evidence that Ibrahim supports secular liberal democracy.
When Ibrahim uses words like "freedom" and "democracy", he does not mean what we mean.
If he did, he would not support the MB.
The MB stands for sharia and oppression.
And terrorism, too.
Ultimately, I am baffled by Brogan not seeing that the Halawas are hardcore MB.
It seems the only evidence he would accept is if they said they are MB members.
But that is not going to happen.
It is good to have a civilized discussion at least.
But sorry Patrick, "ludicrous" is the only word for your dismissal of the mountain of evidence
that the Halawas and all their associates are hardcore MB Islamists.
Muslim Brotherhood leader
says that the Jews
kidnap people to kill them and use their blood for making bread.
Ibrahim Halawa cited this guy as his leader in his speech.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.