Eight national Muslim organizations, many with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and with records of support for Hamas, have formed a "national council" that seeks to further entrench an Islamist monopoly on Muslim political debate.

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) went public with a news conference in Washington today. Organizers would not allow a representative from the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) to attend.

The coalition claims "broad inclusion," yet its member organizations all start with similar viewpoints. But it doesn't appear to have invited Muslim groups with a different view of the role religion should play in society. Instead, it is a union of like-minded, inherently political organizations, many with checkered records.

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