Will Radical Islam Come to Power in Egypt?

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., say the United States has to stop the spread of radical Islam in Egypt. Many Mideast experts worry that Islamic extremists could gain power in the Arab country.

One group known as the Muslim Brotherhood is active in Egypt and its writings have revealed that it wants to establish Islamic states.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians continued their call for political change on Wednesday.

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has begun talks with opposition leaders including members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Click play to watch Jennifer Wishon's report, followed by comments from Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute.  Marshall has made several trips to Egypt and is an adovocate for Christians in the country.

Also, click here to watch an extended interview with Marshall.

The brotherhood's participation in decision-making about Egypt's future has become a political issue in the U.S.

"I think the primary goal should be to stop the spread of radical Islam," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. during a news conference on Tuesday. "That is where our focus should be."

Many analysts in the U.S. and abroad have been concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood gaining influence in a new Egyptian government.

A brotherhood text titled "Jihad is the Way" details support for the establishment of an Islamic regime.

"Jihad for Allah," Mustafa Mashhur, the reported leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 until 2002, wrote, "is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided. The banner of jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, and the state of Islam established."

Egyptian Christian Michael Youssef serves as the pastor of the Church of the Apostle church in Atlanta, Ga. He told CBN News he "dreads" thinking about Egypt under the influence of the brotherhood.

"If the Muslim Brotherhood take over the reins of power in Egypt, may God have mercy on all of us," Youssef said. "The Christians, Israel, the West and of course we are going to lose a powerful ally and it will be like a domino effect, the others are going to start falling, including Jordan and all the other moderate, secular states."

Author Joel Rosenburg warned the U.S. should be wary of the Muslim Brotherhood at the bargaining table in Egypt.

"The Muslim Brotherhood is the worst case scenario for the Egyptian people, for the American people and for Israelis," Rosenburg said. "They want Sharia Law. They want a global caliphate and if there was a true revolution that led to the Muslim Brotherhood, radical Muslims taking over Egypt as radical Muslims took over Iran 30 years ago this would be the win pillars of radical Islam."

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Jennifer Wishon

Jennifer Wishon

CBN News White House Correspondent

Jennifer Wishon is the White House correspondent for CBN News based in the network’s Washington, D.C. Bureau.  Before taking over the White House beat, Jennifer covered Capitol Hill and other national news, from the economy to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferWishon and "like" her at Facebook.com/JennWishon.