While Egyptians rioted in protest of President Mohamed Morsi’s decree giving him nearly absolute powers, leaders of the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations came to the Muslim Brotherhood politician’s defense.

CAIR, itself, was formed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood to soften Islam’s image in the U.S. as it supported violent jihad abroad and gradually institutionalized Islamic law at home, according to FBI wiretap evidence from a terror-funding case in which CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported CAIR-Los Angeles director Hussam Ayloush praised Egypt’s Morsi for granting himself virtually unrestricted power by shielding his actions from judicial oversight. In a Facebook post, Ayloush argued the Egyptian president wanted to prevent “corrupt judges” from the Hosni Mubarak era from the “undermining and undoing of every democratic step.”

Ayloush blamed the violent clashes that have engulfed Egyptian politics on the secular opposition. Pro-Muslim Brotherhood forces attacked anti-Morsi protesters with rocks and clubs in a number of confrontations at the presidential palace that eventually forced Morsi to rescind the decree.

“Much of the Egyptian opposition seem to be more interested in opposing Morsi and the MB than actually helping Egypt become a stable and institutional democracy,” Ayloush said.

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Morsi had promised the decree would be lifted if voters approved a new draft constitution Dec. 15 based on Islamic law that was rammed through the assembly, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and other fundamentalist-Muslim lawmakers.

CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area director, Zahra Billoo, brushed off concerns that the draft constitution, based on Islamic law, wouldn’t guard human rights.

“Why do we care about what the Egyptian Constitution says about indefinite detention, when it is being practiced by the U.S. government?” she wrote in a Twitter post Monday.

Meanwhile, CAIR-New York’s Cyrus McGoldrick belittled criticism of Morsi as “a last stand by old pro-West/Mubarak/Israel crowd to keep power in judiciary.”

As WND reported in September, McGoldrick told Iranian television that violent protesters in the Middle East were reacting to a “war on Islam” waged by the U.S.

McGoldrick is one of a number of CAIR leaders who have acknowledged that the group’s aim is nothing short of helping turn America into an Islamic state, declaring earlier this year his intent to “Islamicize America.”

His comment reinforced Islamic supremacist statements by CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad and chief national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

At an event in March at the New York Institute of Technology, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association – another group established by the Muslim Brotherhood, McGoldrick said America can be more peaceful and decent if it is more Islamic.

“We should not reinforce this distinction or between Islam and the West, as if they’re mutually exclusive,” he said. “We need to make sure that – oh, the camera’s gonna love this one – we need to Islamicize America. … That’s, but you gotta say it with a smile on. You can’t just be like – I’m here to Islamicize, you have to – I’m here to Islamicize America you know.

“There’s nothing wrong with that,” he continued. “You know and that shouldn’t scare anybody. I’m not forcing any rules on people. Islam is a mercy to us to improve ourselves. You know so if we’re working, an Islamic society is a decent society, you know and you’re not compelling anybody to do anything, just lead by example, that’s all.”

CAIR has sued the co-author of a WND Books expose that presents evidence for the Islamic group’s link to radical jihad, David Gaubatz. “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” co-authored with Paul Sperry, recounts CAIR’s origin as a front group for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Egypt, meanwhile, according to the Investigative Terrorism Project, a prominent Islamist had a different take on Morsi’s Nov. 22 power grab.

Kamal Helbawy, formerly a senior Brotherhood official, told the newspaper al-Arab al-Yahm that the “constitutional declaration which President Morsi issued will make a new pharaoh, and the decrees open the door to a great evil.”

He said Morsi’s actions had “plunged the country into a dark tunnel, which may lead to further bloodshed and tragedy.”

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