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March 20, 2013 0

Ultra-Conservative Event to Feature Quran-Burning Pastor

Quran-burning Pas­tor Terry Jones of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter is sched­uled to join a lineup of ultra-conservatives, Tea Party and anti-Muslim activists at the “Con­ser­v­a­tive Call to Action” con­fer­ence. The event is planned for March 23 in Col­orado Springs, Colorado.

The con­fer­ence is intended to pro­mote and dis­cuss issues of impor­tance to ultra-conservatives. Top­ics include “oppos­ing abor­tion, fight­ing Islam, and defend­ing the First and Sec­ond Amend­ments.” Sched­uled speak­ers include polit­i­cal pun­dit Dinesh D’Souza, a once well-respected con­ser­v­a­tive author and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor who has been increas­ingly wel­comed by ultra-conservative cir­cles and anti-Muslim con­spir­acy theorists.

D’Souza is the for­mer pres­i­dent of The King’s Col­lege in New York and, in 2012, he co-directed the conspiracy-laden doc­u­men­tary, “2016: Obama’s Amer­ica,” in the run-up to the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. In the film, D’Souza con­spir­a­to­ri­ally alleges that Pres­i­dent Obama plans to imple­ment social­ist poli­cies that will result in the dimin­ish­ment of America’s global power, and sug­gests that Obama will more fully adopt harm­ful poli­cies in a sec­ond term.

Giv­ing the con­fer­ence a dis­tinctly anti-Muslim tone will be Pas­tor Terry Jones, the vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay leader of an apos­tolic church in Gainesville, Florida. Jones sparked inter­na­tional out­rage in July 2010, when he announced his inten­tion to hold an “Inter­na­tional Burn a Koran Day” [sic] on the anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks. Through his web­site Stand Up Amer­ica, Jones con­tin­ues to gal­va­nize Amer­i­cans with his anti-Muslim, anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality agenda.

In addi­tion to Jones and D’Souza, oth­ers sched­uled to speak at the event include Tea Party video blog­ger and Islam “expert” known as “Wild Bill for Amer­ica,” anti-abortion activist Melissa Ohden, for­mer Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA mem­ber Seth Rig­gio, and local con­ser­v­a­tive activist Michelle Morin.

On his per­sonal web­site, Wild Bill claims to have had a career as a Duty Sher­iff and a Deputy U.S. Mar­shal, and is “one of the first Tea Party mem­bers.” Cit­ing his back­ground in law enforce­ment, Wild Bill claims that he has “seen how [Islam] oper­ates first hand,” and, “is well qual­i­fied to speak out about the dan­gers this reli­gion presents.

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September 14, 2012 157

Anti-Muslim Christian Activists Responsible For Inflammatory “Innocence of Muslims” Film

The anti-Islam film that has sparked con­sid­er­able out­rage and vio­lence across the Mid­dle East and Islamic world appears to be a prod­uct of sev­eral Chris­t­ian anti-Muslim activists.

Although the false claim that the film Inno­cence of Mus­lims was the work of an “Israeli Jew” received wide­spread atten­tion in the U.S. and abroad, recent reports indi­cate that the film was cre­ated, pro­duced and pro­moted by indi­vid­u­als con­nected to a net­work of anti-Muslim organizations.

The film, which was pro­duced dur­ing the sum­mer of 2011 and por­trays the Prophet Muham­mad as a child-molester, homo­sex­ual and phi­lan­derer, was adver­tised in the Anaheim-based Arab World news­pa­per under its orig­i­nal title, The Inno­cence of Bin Laden. The adver­tise­ment described the movie as reveal­ing the true iden­tity of the ter­ror­ists behind the killing of Mus­lims in Pales­tine, Iraq and Afghanistan. The adver­tise­ment also indi­cated that the film would be shown dur­ing Ramadan, and pro­vided a screen­ing date of June 30 at the Vine The­atre in Los Angeles.

Nakoula Bas­se­ley Nakoula

Screen­shot of “Inno­cence of Muslims”

Nakoula Bas­se­ley Nakoula, a 55-year-old California-based Cop­tic Chris­t­ian, appears to be the one respon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the impres­sion that the film was cre­ated and sup­ported by Jews. Accord­ing to Amer­i­can offi­cials in an inter­view with the Arabic-language tele­vi­sion sta­tion Al Hurra, Nakoula is the alleged pro­ducer and film­maker of the anti-Islam film. Nakoula ini­tially exposed his role to inter­na­tional media under the pseu­do­nym Sam Bacile, a fic­ti­tious indi­vid­ual that the Asso­ci­ated Press had ini­tially reported was “an Israeli film­maker based in Cal­i­for­nia.” In the inter­view with the AP, Nakoula, speak­ing under a pseu­do­nym, said the film cost $5 mil­lion to make “and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jew­ish donors.” These claims have since been dis­proved with the rev­e­la­tion that Sam Bacile does not exist.

Joseph Nas­ralla

Joseph Nas­ralla with Pamela Geller

Nas­ralla is a self-described “Cop­tic Chris­t­ian activist from Egypt” and founder of the California-based The Way TV, a satel­lite tele­vi­sion sta­tion devoted to mat­ters con­cern­ing Egypt’s Cop­tic com­mu­nity. He is also the founder and chief exec­u­tive of the California-based Media for Christ, the con­ser­v­a­tive Chris­t­ian pro­duc­tion com­pany report­edly respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing Inno­cence of Mus­lims. Nas­ralla is con­nected to promi­nent anti-Muslim activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer and their con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion, Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA). Accord­ing to Geller, Nas­ralla popped onto her radar fol­low­ing his atten­dance at the SIOA’s June 6, 2010 “D-Day Rally” in front of the pro­posed Islamic cen­ter in lower Man­hat­tan. In a let­ter addressed to Geller and Spencer fol­low­ing the rally, Nas­ralla described him­self as a refugee from “the oppres­sion of Islam” and said that he seeks to “expose to the Amer­i­can pub­lic what kind of insti­ga­tion we [Cop­tic Chris­tians] suf­fered at the hands of hate­ful Mus­lim preach­ers…” Since 2010, Nas­ralla has been invited to speak at var­i­ous SIOA events, includ­ing at SIOA’s 2010 and 2011 Sep­tem­ber 11 ral­lies in New York.

Mor­ris Sadek

Mor­ris Sadek with Terry Jones

Sadek, head of the U.S.-based National Cop­tic Assem­bly, an anti-Muslim orga­ni­za­tion that claims to rep­re­sent and speak on behalf of Egypt­ian Chris­t­ian Copts, was instru­men­tal in the film’s acces­si­bil­ity to the Arabic-speaking world. Sadek released the 14-minute trailer of the film on YouTube on Sep­tem­ber 5 with Ara­bic sub­ti­tles. Sadek claims to be the pres­i­dent of a Cop­tic state in Egypt and asserts that this inde­pen­dent Cop­tic state is under the occu­pa­tion of “Arab Mus­lim invaders.” Accord­ing to Sadek’s web­site, he fre­quently writes let­ters to Israeli lead­ers appeal­ing for their assis­tance in “lib­er­at­ing the Cop­tic state.” He also has a work­ing rela­tion­ship with con­tro­ver­sial Qur’an burn­ing Pas­tor Terry Jones of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter and has par­tic­i­pated in demon­stra­tions held by Jones and his church. On his per­sonal web­site, Sadek has voiced his sup­port for Jones’ dis­taste­ful mock­ery of the Prophet Muham­mad. Sadek also attended the 2010 ACT! for Amer­ica National Con­fer­ence. ACT! pro­motes the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy and that Mus­lim immi­gra­tion to the U.S. must end.

Steve Klein

Steve Klein

Steve Klein is a California-based anti-Muslim Chris­t­ian activist and for­mer U.S. Marine who claims that he pro­vided con­sult­ing ser­vices for the pro­duc­tion of Inno­cence of Mus­lims. In a recent inter­view fol­low­ing the out­break of vio­lence in Cairo and Beng­hazi, Klein described the film as being designed to spark out­rage. In addi­tion to his alleged role in the film’s tech­ni­cal pro­duc­tion, Klein is founder and board mem­ber of Coura­geous Chris­tians United (CCU), an orga­ni­za­tion that protests out­side of mosques, abor­tion clin­ics and Mor­mon tem­ples. CCU issued a state­ment today denounc­ing the film and indi­cat­ing that Klein had been removed from the board. Many of the links on the group’s web­site redi­rect read­ers to sites designed to con­vince Mus­lims, Mor­mons or Jehovah’s Wit­nesses to con­vert to Chris­tian­ity. Klein is also the founder of Con­cerned Cit­i­zens for the First Amend­ment (CCFA), an anti-Muslim group whose pri­mary ini­tia­tive is to warn high school stu­dents that they are being brain­washed through courses and les­son on Islamic his­tory. He has spo­ken at con­fer­ences on the sub­ject of Islam at the Church at Kaweah, a mil­i­tant Chris­t­ian church base in California.

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April 9, 2012 2

Terry Jones Latest Extremist Threatening to Join Fray Around Trayvon Martin Case

Terry Jones

Terry Jones, pas­tor of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter, a vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay apos­tolic church based in Gainesville, Florida, has joined the grow­ing list of extrem­ists who are enflam­ing the sit­u­a­tion sur­round­ing the shoot­ing death of Trayvon Mar­tin by George Zim­mer­man in San­ford, Florida.

Jones announced in a press release that he would hold a rally in front of the Semi­nole County Cour­t­house on April 21 in sup­port of “the Con­sti­tu­tional Rights for George Zim­mer­man and Treyvon [sic] Mar­tin” because “Amer­ica is being cor­rupted, con­trolled, and manip­u­lated.” Martin’s fam­ily and their sup­port­ers are demand­ing that police arrest Zim­mer­man, who is allegedly in hid­ing due to threats made against him after the shooting.

Other extrem­ists have also announced that they will go to San­ford in the wake of the shoot­ing. In a post­ing to their Web site, the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), the largest neo-Nazi group in the coun­try, claims that they will carry out armed patrols in San­ford to pro­tect local white cit­i­zens from alleged “racial vio­lence” tak­ing place there. San­ford police, how­ever, have denied that the neo-Nazis are patrolling the streets there.

The NSM asserted in the same Web post­ing that they are tak­ing action in response to the activ­i­ties of the New Black Pan­ther Party (NBPP), which offered a $10,000 reward for the “cap­ture” of Zim­mer­man. The NBPP has also pro­moted a num­ber of other activ­i­ties in San­ford since the shoot­ing, includ­ing a “National Day of Action” and com­mu­nity patrols “to protest against racial vio­lence and attacks.”

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