Last weekend, Muslim Brotherhood member and Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner of Egypt’s first free, democratic presidential election in the country’s history. He won by a relatively close margin—only 800,000 votes—but Morsi was still the majority’s democratic choice. Also last weekend, following this announcement, Florida Congressman Allen West called for the Obama Administration to cut foreign aid to Egypt as a result of the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in Egypt. Democracy is great, and kudos to Egypt for finally getting on the free election bandwagon, but I couldn’t agree more with Congressman West.

Before you label me a hater, a bigot, a Christian extremist, whatever… allow me to illustrate why I believe it’s deplorable for the United States to continue providing any kind of foreign aid to Egypt as long as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood is in power.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a group of radical Islamists who envision the entire world united under Islamic Sharia law, religious law oppressive to women and to people of religions other than Islam. In their own words, “God is our goal, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our way, and death in the service of God is the loftiest of our wishes.” The Muslim Brotherhood is heavily anti-Semitic and anti-Western civilization, and is allied with Hamas, the “radical Palestinian Islamist movement” that routinely attacks Israel.

Contrary to the blind opinion of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who called the Brotherhood “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence,” the Muslim Brotherhood is motivated by the concepts of martyrdom and jihad. Theologians of the Brotherhood have condoned violence against Americans and Jews alike, one “praying to be martyred while killing a Jew” and others referring to Osama Bin Laden as a martyr himself, labeling the American operation that killed bin Laden as an assassination.

Further, the Muslim Brotherhood is not kidding when they say they want to turn America into a Muslim nation, and it’s a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly by the American people and their leaders. In 2007, a document by Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram was used as evidence against seven leaders of an Islamic charity accused of providing aid to Hamas. The document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” is an 18-page document that “listed the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded [organizations] that shared the common goal of dismantling American institutions and turning the U.S into a Muslim nation.” The author addresses the “grand jihad” that the Brotherhood envisions as one not of violence, but of silent imposition of Sharia law in the United States. Their plan of attack is not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

The Muslim Brotherhood condones violence against our ally, Israel, and wants to turn the world upside down into a “global Islamic state.” You’d think this is a group we’d be carefully watching and guarding against. But guess who invited Brotherhood officials to the White House and will continue to provide Egypt with $1.5 billion in American taxpayer dollars? You guessed it—your campaigner in chief, Barack Obama.

This is nothing new, though—Barack Obama has, for quite some time, maintained a sick obsession with the Muslim Brotherhood. In April, Brotherhood officials visited the White House and President Obama. (The Brotherhood officials didn’t even have to go through the normal screening process, despite one visitor being “implicated—not charged—in a U.S. child pornography investigation.”) The White House, not surprisingly, congratulated Mohammed Morsi on his election win last weekend, too. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will still give foreign aid to Egypt despite the disturbing leadership change. (But what can you expect from a Secretary of State who wears Mardi Gras beads and weird glasses to the swearing in ceremony of Assistant Secretary Public Affairs Michael Hammer…. but I digress.)

Perhaps I have an overall distaste for foreign aid in general. I’m not against helping nations in times of need, such as when facing a national crisis or natural disaster, or in assisting developing nations work towards a more free society. But America can’t even pay her own bills right now. Why don’t we solve our own problems, and take care of our own citizens first, and worry about helping the rest of the world when we’re truly in a reasonable financial position to do so?

More specifically, why is the United States pledging any degree of support for a new President who, in a rally held shortly before the election, cried before his followers: “Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca, or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing. Our cry shall be: ‘Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem”? Mohammed Morsi just recently announced, also, that he wants to “restore ties with Iran in order to create a strategic balance in the Middle East” and “revise” Egypt’s peace agreement with Israel.

Why does the Obama administration insist on flirting with radical Islamists, who support terrorist organizations like Hamas, and who would just as soon demolish our way of life to make way for a global Islamic state?

I have to wonder, Mr. President—did you know the type of people you were associating with when you invited the members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House? Do you know what these individuals stand for? If Obama does not know, it’s just a reaffirmation of his incompetency as a leader. And if he does know, and continues to overlook the words and actions of radical Islamic leaders and their plans for a widespread implementation of Sharia law…then there is no doubt that we have much, much more at stake than just the economy and jobs this November.

Don’t call me a bigoted Christian who hates the religion of Islam—I don’t. You practice your religion in peace, and I’ll practice mine. The United States Constitution gives any Muslim the freedom and the right to practice their religion peacefully here just as any other religion, and I welcome that. But I am vehemently against the support of a group that condones violence in the name of their religion, and who want to impose their religious law upon our sovereign nation, and I’m even more vehemently against and disgusted by a President who continues to ignore and overlook the threats our nation and our way of life faces.

Sarah Hinds | Webster University