Last week, the Chief Justice of Massachusetts's Supreme Judicial Court, Ralph Gants, spoke before the Islamic Society of Boston. He affirmed his support for the mosque, telling congregants that, "you do not stand alone." Gants is just one of several high profile visits to the mosque in recent months, which have included the Mayor of Boston, the Boston Police Commissioner and local rabbis and reverends.
The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB), however, has a long history of extremism. It was founded by the Al Qaeda operative Abdulrahman Alamoudi, who was jailed in 2004 for participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. The ISB's listed trustees have included prominent Islamist operatives, including Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood. And in 2008, the Muslim American Society, which runs the ISB's Cultural Center, was labelled by federal prosecutors "as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America."
Today, the ISB claims it is a "model for civic engagement," and works to "strengthen community relations." Why, then, does it continue to promote some of America's most radical preachers?