Just a few years ago, Dr. Salah Sultan was being hailed in the U.S. establishment media as "one of the most respected Islamic scholars in the country." Now he's being hunted by the Egyptian military for inciting violence against police during Muslim Brotherhood protests in Cairo earlier this month.
Salah Sultan has come a long way in recent years. Back in April 2006, I first wrote about his statements in support of the terrorist group Hamas and his connections to the international Muslim Brotherhood, not only because of his national prominence as a "moderate" Muslim leader, but because he was also my neighbor then living in my hometown of Hilliard, Ohio.
That article brought an immediate response from the Columbus Dispatch, which attacked me as a bigot and an "Islamophobe" for daring to question Sultan's "interfaith" credentials, invoking the support he received from Columbus Muslim community and his position on the Fiqh Council of North America (which bills itself as the highest Islamic authority on the continent).