Recent comments by Dar al-Hijrah Imam Shaker Elsayed endorsing female genital mutilation as "the honorable thing to do" reportedly is prompting calls within the congregation for Elsayed's ouster.
The Falls Church, Va.-based mosque is among the area's largest, so the conflict attracted Washington Post coverage Monday evening. But reporter Abigail Hauslohner repeatedly lost focus, cramming in references to the "right wing" organization which flagged the Elsayed video and to increased hate crimes targeting Muslims.
The undoctored video showing Elsayed's comments about female sexuality was posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which focuses on Islamist extremist rhetoric throughout the world. MEMRI is a non-partisan organization that has been quoted by international media thousands of times and also works with governments that span the political spectrum.