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Yet the United States has thus far been supportive of Mr. Morsi. Delegations from the Muslim Brotherhood have visited the White House. President Obama voiced “deep concern” about Mr. Morsi after violent protests on Dec. 6, but he has done little to curb the Egyptian leader’s power grabs. 

“We need to change our direction,” Mr. Khalil said. “We can’t let them control the entire Middle East, Israel, and then spread to the West. The Muslim Brotherhood … has prepared for this moment — they hate the West, hate the Jews. Why do we help these people?”

Gracy Howard is a journalism student at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., who is engaged in human rights and religious freedom abroad.