Islamic charities are increasingly seen as the
main source of support for Islamic terrorism. Not all Islamic charities
do this, but these organizations always seem to be in the background,
and connected to the culprits, as well as the money and other support.
There's some irony to this, as Christian missionaries have long been
the source of radical ideas in Third World countries. The Christian
missionaries brought in medical care, education, and new ideas. Those
last two items often led to problems with the local leadership.
Moreover, the missionaries were generally incorruptible, in sharp
contrast to the local authorities.
Islamic charities are a somewhat different story. Their new ideas are a
call for the return to ancient practices. Things like democracy and
education for women are denounced as "un-Islamic." But the Moslem
missionaries do perform good works, particularly when it comes to
medical care and addressing economic and housing conditions. But there
is a cost. The Moslem religious schools teach intolerance and praise
the use of terror against non-Moslems (or even Moslems who disagree
with the flavor of Islam favored by the missionaries.)
quite recently, police could not get too pushy looking into the
activities of these Islamic charities. Doing God's work and all that.
But since so many terrorist acts have been traced back to these
charities, there is no longer any immunity from investigation, and
prosecution. But the pro-terrorist charities are still difficult to
shut down, and the terrorists will continue to use them. This is
because many of the charities, and Islamic terrorism, both spring from
the same conservative, and radical, Islamic thought.