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Yippee! NYT Finds An Anti-Muslim ‘Pastor’

From the New York Times:

Far From Ground Zero, Obscure Pastor Is Ignored No Longer

August 25, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — If building an Islamic center near ground zero amounts to the epitome of Muslim insensitivity, as critics of the project have claimed, what should the world make of Terry Jones, the evangelical pastor here who plans to memorialize the Sept. 11 attacks with a bonfire of Korans?

How much time and how much shoe leather went into The Times digging up this “obscure pastor”? Is this really what passes for journalism at the New York Times in the 21st century?

Mr. Jones, 58, a former hotel manager with a red face and a white handlebar mustache, argues that as an American Christian he has a right to burn Islam’s sacred book because “it’s full of lies.” And in another era, he might have been easily ignored, as he was last year when he posted a sign at his church declaring “Islam is of the devil.”

But now the global spotlight has shifted. With the debate in New York putting religious tensions front and center, Mr. Jones has suddenly attracted thousands of fans and critics on Facebook, while around the world he is being presented as a symbol of American anti-Islamic sentiment.

Er, who exactly has shifted the "global spotlight" here? The Facebook page in question currently boasts 6,244 ‘friends.’ Probably 6,000 of which have signed up since this New York Times article was published. 

Muslim leaders in several countries, including Egypt and Indonesia, have formally condemned him and his church, the Dove World Outreach Center

Because of their insensitivity? Oh, the irony.

“Can you imagine what this will do to our image around the world?” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. “And the additional danger it will add whenever there is an American presence in Iraq or Afghanistan?”

Yes, Muslims around the world check out Facebook on a daily basis, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan. — Besides, what doesn’t make them mad and want to kill us?

Moreover, how is it that we as a nation are held responsible for the actions of a solitary whacked out ‘extremist’? When did that become the rule?

Lastly, why can’t our Muslim brothers ever exhibit a little tolerance and forbearance? Why is it always supposed to be Christians and Jews who turn the other cheek? Isn’t this the worst kind of racial stereotyping?

Mr. Jones, in a lengthy interview at his church, said…. said his bank recently demanded immediate repayment of the $140,000 balance on the church mortgage; that his property insurance had been canceled since he announced in late July that he intended to burn copies of the Koran; and that death threats now come in regularly

So much for ‘freedom of religion.’ Or even freedom of (political) speech. After all, burning a US flag is political speech. Speaking of which, where is the ACLU?

Mr. Jones who seems to spend much of his time inside a dank, dark office with a poster from the movie “Braveheart” and a picture of former President George W. Bush, appears to be largely oblivious to the potential consequences of his plans

Say no more! He’s a Mel Gibson fan – and a fan of George Bush!

Mr. Jones said that nothing in particular had set him off. Asked about his knowledge of the Koran, he said plainly: “I have no experience with it whatsoever. I only know what the Bible says.”

Nonetheless, his position and variations on his tactics have become more common, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Florida in particular has had a rise in anti-Islamic activity. In May, an arsonist set off a pipe bomb at a mosque in Jacksonville in what authorities called an act of domestic terrorism. A mosque and Islamic school south of Miami was vandalized twice last year, the first time with a spray of 51 bullets.

And yet the FBI and other law enforcement authorities say there has been no discernable rise in anti-Islam violence. But, of course, why would CAIR exaggerate such things?

Just as disturbing to Florida’s Muslims, and to many Christians and Jews, is that anti-Islamic rhetoric has begun to enter the mainstream through Republican political candidates.

Some of the opposition predated the controversy about the proposed Islamic center near ground zero. In March, for example, Allen West, a retired Army officer running for Congress in Broward County, told a group of supporters that “Islam is not a religion” but rather “a vicious enemy” that was “infiltrating” the United States. (A campaign spokesman said last week that Mr. West meant to refer to radical Islam, not Islam generally.)

Ron McNeil, a candidate for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, told a group of high school and middle school students last week that Islam’s plan “is to destroy our way of life.” He added: “It’s our place as Christians to stand up for the word of God and what the Bible says.”

So the New York Times could only find one example of this dangerous Republican “rhetoric” that is recent and un-clarified. Yet they suggest that it is a trend. (And, again, whatever happened to ‘freedom of speech’?)

Similar sentiments now flow daily into the e-mail inbox of the Dove World Outreach Center

And this last sentence, gentle reader, is what this New York Times article is all about. This entire exercise is just another attempt to draw a connection between supposed the inflammatory ‘rhetoric’ coming from Republicans and ‘crazy’ anti-Muslim types like Mr. Jones. 

The Solons at the New York Times are so worried about the November elections that they aren’t even trying to disguise their propaganda. They are trying to turn the ‘Ground Zero’ mosque controversy into the Oklahoma City bombing. After all, it worked before.

It’s their and their Democrat masters’ only hope.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Yippee! NYT Finds An Anti-Muslim ‘Pastor’”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Too bad they still ignore the “obscure” mainstream voter.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Speaking of “obscure pastors” the name Jeremiah Wright comes to mind.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Just a side note, that anyone who would follow the teaching of a false prophet, i.e. Mohammadians, Obama-worshippers, would “be of the Devil.” For those who call themselves Christian would know:

    “Jesus said to them: Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” – Mark13:5-8

    However, people still have a right to follow their false prophet, and people have an equal right to denounce those followers. But as a thought experiment compare and contrast:

    Number of anti-Semitic imams v. anti-muslim pastors

  4. hushpuppy says:

    Very true – but look carefully at the highlighted sentence : For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

    Note: it is false ministers and priests, not false Rabbis, nor muslims. These false ministers and priests will misrepresent Christ as Messiah. Islam does no such thing. They pretend that Jesus is a ‘prophet’ but deny His Godhood. Their way of thinking is that it is blasphemy that allah has a son that is a god.

    Remember the god of this world deceives the whole world (2 Corinthians 4:4) – except for the chosen few that God calls now to understand His glorious purpose and plan for us all. (Matt 22:14)

    Muslims also state that Miriam is Mohammed’s sister, and they use the similarity in names to confuse the infidel. Miriam (and the English name Mary) was and still is a common name in the middle east.) This is explained in detail in ‘The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran’ by Robert Spencer.

    If you go here (http://tinyurl.com/26stp57) you’ll see quite a number of entries by Robert Spencer. It’s good to follow the advice ‘know your enemy’.

    It’s the same deceitful bait and switch muslims do regarding the Archangel Gabriel. Mohammed spoke to the demon Jibreel in the cave. They’ll tell the infidels that Jibreel and Gabriel are the ‘same’. They are not. Their messages are completely different. If they were the same personage, the messages would be identical. Look at the ‘fruits’ of the message: Islam is the personification of Jibreel’s message to Mohammed. Now look at the role/fruits of the holy Archangel Gabriel: (I’m using the e-Sword Bible which is free and available at http://e-sword.net/)

    Using the search parameter ‘Gabriel’, 4 Scriptures come up: (Dan 8:16, Dan 9:21, Luke 1:19, Luke 1:26) so reading everything pertaining to those parameters, it is easy to see that ‘Jibreel’ and Gabriel’ are mutually exclusive. I got into that with an idiot muslim cab driver once and shut him up. I finished my ‘sermonette’ with a sarcastic ‘Boy it must really piss you off that I, an “infidel”, know your koran better than you do – and I know the Holy Bible better than you do’.

    Getting back to the message in Matthew 24 and 25 when Christ gives a detailed description of what will happen just before His second coming, you have to be able to know exactly what doctrines Christ taught his diciples and His true Church versus what everyone thinks His doctrines are that are taught by false ministers and priests. This is important because just before Christ returns there will be lying signs and wonders that are done by the false prophet Matt: 24:23 – 26 and Revelation 13:11-18

    23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

    24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    25Behold, I have told you before.

    26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

    Revelation 13:11-18 (King James Version)

    11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

    12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

    13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

    14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

    15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

    16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

    17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    There’s a fantastic, in-depth explanation hereof prophecy, the ‘Beast’ and the false prophet:

    http://www.thercg.org/books/tawww.pdf (if you want the article in pdf form)

  5. spudmom says:

    My guess is that there is a “no fire” clause in the insurance contract (as is with our church) that allows no fire on premises, even candles. The mortgage probably has a requirement to have valid insurance; so if one lapses, the other gets called. He could have instead decided to take the korans to a public campground or park where fires are permitted with no consequence, but that would have kept him from being a “victim” and reduced sympathy and publicity. While I believe he has every right to do what he intends, I refuse to feel sorry for him; unless he becomes the target of a fatwa because he “desecrated a holy book.”

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