Yesterday Rev Barry Lynn who debated Walid on the O’Reilly factor over Imam Rauf the 911 Mosque Imam resorted to smearing Walid Shoebat, attacking his credentials, citing left wing loon bloggers as his sources.
Rev. Lynn who professes to be a Christian minister of the cloth should at least show some respect concerning such unchristian behavior of smearing people who disagree with him. We are in good company as he also smears Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, David Barton and Newt Gingrich amongst others.
Here is his silly article so you can understand the evil of the these people and Walid’s response which will follow after.
From Rev Barry Lynn
Jay, (letter published was addressed to Jay Sekulow)
I appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Friday evening to discuss the issue with Walid Shoebat – a man who claims he’s a Muslim terrorist turned Christian.
Because of Shoebat’s “previous experience” as a terrorist, he is often interviewed by news outlets as “someone uniquely capable of providing insight into the terrorist mindset.” He’s become quite the favorite of the Right, though since there is no evidence that he ever worked as a terrorist, even some conservatives question his legitimacy.
What’s worse, despite having no “credentials” as a Muslim extremist, Shoebat isn’t all that articulate, either. On Friday, it took me a while to even figure out what his point was. He read from an article allegedly written by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in Arabic that Shoebat translated to English. According to Shoebat, Rauf and other Muslims who want to build the Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan have a plan: they want to build this structure to help take over America and make us live under Sharia law! But he did concede this transformation is expected through peaceful means.
I have to admit, Shoebat’s scare tactics are almost comical. The fact is, fewer than one percent of Americans are Muslim. Of those who are Muslim, most just want the same rights that everyone else has to practice their faith under the U.S. Constitution. Does anyone really believe they will succeed in convincing the other 99 percent of people in this country to follow their religious beliefs? And if they try, how does that make them any different from any other religious group that tries to convince people to change their thinking? This is called “evangelism” or “proselytism” or “mission work.”
As for imposing a worldview through government means, in the United States, that’s the job of the Christian Right. So let’s see, conservative groups believe it’s okay if fundamentalist Christians push their narrow worldview on all Americans and be granted government approval, but no one else should dare follow their example.
We don’t even need to look further than this past weekend to prove that.
As you are probably aware, Fox News Channel personality Glenn Beck was in Washington this weekend, along with Sarah Palin and faux historian David Barton. They held a rally to “reunite” Americans and honor “our heroes, our heritage and our future.”
What was plugged as a patriotic and celebratory event turned out to be mainly an evangelistic rally where Beck told the crowd, “Something that is beyond man is happening. America today begins to turn back to God.”
Beck went on and on about taking “back” America’s Christian heritage. Then, the next day, on national television, he questioned President Barack Obama’s religion and accused him of not being a “real” Christian. (The irony is that Beck, a Mormon, has been accused of the same by fundamentalists who think his faith is a “cult.”)
It’s not surprising that this rally was all about attacking religious liberty in order to push Christian nation propaganda. That’s what Beck, Barton and Palin do regularly.
The Religious Right (and Glenn Beck) can weep all they want that building a “mosque at Ground Zero” is a way for Muslims to impose their beliefs on them. However, they should realize that’s something fundamentalist Christians do every day. Beck and company even take it a step further and insist government funds and public land be used to propagate their religious beliefs. At least the Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan is being built with private dollars on private land.
This “mosque” debate is not likely to end soon; Glenn Beck is not going to eat locusts in the desert and get off television, and Sarah Palin won’t stop fanning the flames of hatred. Beck believes the end of human history is getting closer, perhaps imminent. If the new world gets rid of the hypocrisy over the mosque, and gets Beck and Palin to stop ranting, that might not be a completely bad thing.
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/lynnvsekulow/2010/08/ground-zero-hypocrisy.html#ixzz0yJI61FqH
In regards to a letter sent to you by Barry Lynn whom like a typical liberal thinks that we are all dumb and he is “articulate”. In that interview that he is referring to at one point, Lynn was not even able to say the Imam’s name and called him Imam Raul. And instead of addressing the quotes I gave regarding Raul’s (Feisal Abdul Rauf) statements in Arabic, he denied them, although he never read them or heard of them. Well, Rauf’s quote can be found on Al-Ghad Newspaper in Jordan. So the “educated brilliant liberal” can use “google translate” and see for himself to cross examine the suspected witness.
However, since I can articulate the Arabic better then google, I provided exhibit “A”, the quote by Lynn’s defendant Imam of Ground Zero Mosque.
“People asked me right after the 9/11 attack as to why do movements with political agendas carry [Islamic] religious names? Why call it ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ or ‘Hezbollah (Party of Allah)’ or ‘Hamas’ or ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’? I answer them this—that the trend towards Islamic law and justice begins in religious movements, because secularism had failed to deliver what the Muslim wants, which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
He said “ The only law that the Muslim needs exists already in the Koran and the Hadith.”
From an article titled “Sharing The Essence Of Our Beliefs” by Feisal Abdul Rauf, Al-Ghad Newspaper in Jordan, 5/9/2009
In fact, I have a litany of statements by Rauf (exhibit “B”) that can easily convict Lynn’s client.
Finally, Rauf is on trial, not me. I am not an attorney, but during my service on jury duty I could tell a lousy defense lawyer—he always attacks witnesses instead of refuting the evidence.
Another suggestion for Lynn, if he wants to debate me on my “terror credentials” may I first suggest for him to learn a thing or two on what it means to call oneself “reverend”?