The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam

Eric Allen Bell is a filmmaker, columnist and counter-jihad activist.  He was banned from the liberal-progressive Daily Kos for writing 3 articles about Islam which ran afoul of the politically-correct mindset there.  He is director of both Global Infidel TV and Mosque Confidential and is currently in production on a documentary feature titled “American Infidel.”  You can read more about Bell’s conversion story in “The High Price of Telling the Truth about Islam.”  Visit him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/EricAllenBell or go to www.EricAllenBell.com.


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[Editor's note: The article below is written by Eric Allen Bell, a filmmaker who was recently banned from blogging at  the “Daily Kos” because he wrote three articles that ran afoul of the mindset there, specifically naming “Loonwatch.com” as a “terrorist spin control network.” This article first appeared in our Feb 7 issue and we have decided to rerun it due to the massive interest and reaction it received. Don't miss Eric Bell on Frontpage's television program, The Glazov Gang.]

A strange thing happened to me the other day when I was driving past the Federal Building in Los Angeles.  There were a crowd of people assembled there with signs which said that Israel is an aggressive force in the Middle East and that Iran is being picked on.  As I stopped at a red light I heard a man with a mega phone lead the protesters in a chant charging Obama with genocide.  I saw many young people and several Muslim women with their heads covered.  It was an anti-war demonstration that probably a year ago I would have supported.  But although I am not in favor of military action, I know that Iran is not another Iraq, and that in fact there is more going on here than the overly-simplified picture that the protestors were painting, as cars drove by honking in support.  As the light turned green another sign caught my eye – a picture of the Twin Towers burning which read “911 Was an Inside Job”.  As I looked at a sea of Palestinian flags and college kids banging on drums I felt a certain frustration – frustration based on a series of events that have changed my world view.

In the Summer of 2010, having recently escaped Hollywood, CA to take a much needed break from my profession as a film maker, I was driving in my car listening to a story on NPR.  It seems the people in my new home of Murfreesboro, TN were up in arms over the proposed construction of a 53,000 square foot mega mosque, to be built in their small town in the middle of the American Bible Belt.

I listened carefully, to the sound bytes, of those who had shown up to a town hall meeting to voice their opposition and, as someone who was rather new to the South, I was surprised by what I was hearing.   “America is a Christian nation and there is only one God and his name is not Allah and his son is Jesus Christ” and “America is a Christian Nation” and “These Muslims do not share my values and I don’t want them in my backyard”.  Growing up in Southern California, I had never heard anything like this before in my life.  And I started to follow the story with great interest.

On the outer edge of town, off a small country road, there was a large parcel of land, right next door to a Baptist church, with a big sign that read, “Future Home of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro”.  Over the past 6 months that sign had been defaced twice.  Once it was broken in half and another time the words “Not Welcome” were spray painted over it.

Rutherford County, which includes Murfreesboro, only has a little over 100,000 residents and yet the area boasts nearly 200 Christian churches.  Having not been much of a fan of Islam or Christianity or religion in general (and that’s putting it mildly) I saw this as something of a David vs. Goliath story – with fanatical Evangelicals bullying a peaceful Muslim population, which had been in the community for over 30 years without there ever being any trouble.  And, after learning that in July there was to be a big parade down Main Street to the town square, protesting the construction of this new mosque, I decided someone really needed to make a documentary about this.  And even though I had gone to Murfreesboro to escape the film world for a while, it seemed pretty clear that if I did not document this in a movie, no one else would.  I wanted to show the world what I was seeing.  So I put together a small film crew and began production on a documentary I would title, “Not Welcome”.

I had never seen more American flags assembled together in one place than I had on that hot July morning as the anti-mosque crowd gathered at the base camp to prepare for the parade.  Many of the marchers showed up wearing red, white and blue.  I had 4 cameras covering the event with one crew embedded with the Liberal activists who were going to counter-demonstrate and the rest of the cameras with me, embedded with those who were to march against the mosque.  I conducted several interviews in the school parking lot where locals and those who had driven for hours gathered, prepared to march against what they perceived to be not only a threat to their way of life, but also something of an insult given the events of September 11, 2001.  Two Congressional candidates, both promising to “stop the Islamic training camp” showed up and used this opportunity to campaign, one of whom even gave a speech through a mega phone reminding folks to vote for him if they wanted to stop Sharia Law from coming to Murfreesboro.  The pastor of Baptist church gathered everyone together in prayer, and the parade took off down Main Street with signs that read “Google the Koran” and “Stop Homegrown Terrorism” and someone in the crowd handed out hundreds of small Israeli flags as several hundred Southerners marched against the mosque.

About six months later I had accumulated over 300 hours of footage, interviewing the parade organizer, both Congressional candidates, the Mayor, the Imam at the mosque and several of its board members, numerous concerned residents on both sides of the issue, Muslim residents, city council members, a Christian Zionist lobbyist who was organizing the opposition to the mosque – and I had even filmed weeks of court proceedings, as a local group had filed suit against the County to stop them from issuing any construction permits to the Islamic Center.  The court proceedings were truly a circus with a country lawyer in loud suit with a bow tie argued that Islam is not a religion and that he was prepared to take this matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.  That legal action had failed and failed miserably.  And although many of the townspeople did in fact have a number of very valid concerns, I felt that those whom they had chosen to represent them were not their best foot forward.  In many ways, for the people of Murfreesboro, TN this turned out to be an international embarrassment – given the level of interest from the press.

Also, someone tried to set fire to some construction equipment at the site of the new mosque and the student activist group, calling themselves “Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom” put together a candle light vigil where hundreds of townspeople showed up in support of tolerance.  A few young men showed up in a pickup truck and honked their horn repeatedly throughout the vigil.  Their clothes seemed to indicate they had spent the work day hanging drywall.  And when they put up a huge sign in the back of their truck which read “No Mosque” while misspelling the word mosque, I did not hesitate to film them but to also sort of taunt them, in order to provoke a good response on camera.  And I got it.  One of them said we should suspend the Constitution and went on to say that “All them Mooslums should be shipped home” even the ones who were born here.

Adding more fuel to that fire was an incident that took place when I attempted to interview Kevin Fisher at a Tea Party event on the town square.  It was my opinion that in order to avoid accusations of being bigoted, the money interests (a Christian Zionist organization called Proclaiming Justice to the Nations) chose the only person of color, already involved in this issue, to lead the parade and to be a plaintiff in the lawsuit.  Kevin Fisher was an African American college dropout, who worked as a prison guard and became a passionate opponent of the new mosque, after his wife divorced him and became, you guessed it, a Muslim convert.  When I approached him on the square with a crew that included 4 cameras, saying only “Hi, Kevin” he dialed his cell phone and called 9-1-1 saying that he was being “racially harassed”.  This not only made the headlines of the local paper but the incident, including audio from the 9-1-1 call was played over and over that night on the local evening news.  This became something of a running joke, when I was recognized at the grocery store in Murfreesboro for instance, people would often point at me and say, “Hey, stop racially harassing me” and then we would all have a big laugh.  And Islamic blogs such as Loonwatch.com were only too happy to run an article about how an opponent of the mosque was “playing the race card” against a filmmaker who was just trying to ask questions.

CNN breezed through town and produced a quick hit piece painting all of the mosque opponents as uneducated rednecks and the Islamic community as everyday people who were being wrongly persecuted.  Soledad O’Brien’s producer offered to buy some of my footage from me with the explicit promise that their piece was going to be called “Islam: In America” and would not focus more than a few minutes on Murfreesboro.  After an inside tip that this producer was lying to me, I confronted him and got some rather vague answers.  So I declined to license him any of my material.  And sure enough, the CNN documentary did in fact focus exclusively on Mufreesboro and was called “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door”.  Somehow Hollywood, with its usual backstabbing tricks, had managed to find me hiding out in Tennessee.

I had accumulated a lot of good quality footage.  That, combined with the increasing number of physical threats to me personally while filming in large crowds, and death threats that had arrived via email (causing me to look over my shoulder everywhere I went and making it necessary to spend a small fortune on private security) told me it was time.  The writing was on the wall.  It was time for me to leave Murfreesboro, hire a professional Editor and get to work on assembling my footage to create a feature length documentary for theatrical distribution.

Before I go any further, I should mention that, while all of this was happening, I had become involved in the story itself.  I took sides.  I sided with the Islamic community in their legal right to build a house of worship and when I was interviewed by the local papers (it’s not every day that a small town like this has someone shooting a documentary there) when I was asked where I stood on the issue I never hesitated to give my point of view.  And after a time my point of view was sought out by larger newspapers and several local and syndicated radio programs – mostly Conservative and mostly taking issue with my stance.  And I was also invited to write several pieces for Michael Moore’s blog as well.

Although I had left town to edit, there continued to be letters to the editor on a few of the local papers saying that I should leave TN and go back to where I came from.  I could not believe the cartoonish way in which those who opposed the mosque were making their case.  I felt like I was on the right side of this thing – absolutely certain.  But in fact, I was wrong.

Everything I have told you up until now – this version of my story – is exactly how I was seeing things up until something changed.  I went home to Los Angeles, showed my 25 minute short version of the documentary to some distributors and backers, and did the usual dog and pony show that had worked so well to raise funds, for other motion picture projects I had been involved with in the past.  And sure enough someone said they would back the completion of the movie.  It was decided that the focus would be on “the enemy at home” that being what we were calling “Apocalyptic Christianity” (as there was concern about using the word “Zionism” in “Christian Zionism”).  The Murfreesboro issue was to be used as something of a jumping off point to take a look at the expanding influence of the End Times Evangelical lobby in the United States and how they use their influence to manufacture consent for the bombing of oil rich Islamic countries and to influence policy on social issues.  The theme would focus on the problems we have in America, with our own religious lunatic fringe, rather than on a peaceful group of non-Christians who just wanted to build a place of worship.

After writing a few articles for Michael Moore, I also wrote for a liberal blog called Common Dreams and I wrote over a hundred articles for the Daily Kos, a liberal blog so popular that they receive over one million visitors a day.  I felt I was protecting the underdog, going after the bullies.  I really believed that I was on the right side of this thing.

But something kept nagging at me on a gut level.  Something about all of this didn’t quite feel right.  The Arab Spring, which I supported, started to degenerate into the Islamist Winter, and I grew more and more concerned.  I flew back to Nashville to shoot a conference on whether or not Islam was conducive with Democratic Values and on the way to my hotel room I learned that my cab driver was from Egypt.  I asked him how he felt about the fall of Mubarak, a dictator worth over $70 billion dollars while so much of his country was living in poverty and he told me he was concerned.  Concerned?  Wasn’t this good news?  The cab driver was a Coptic Christian and he told me that he feared for his family back home.  “If the Muslims take control, and they will, it will be very dangerous for my parents and my sisters.  I’m scared for them right now”.  After that conversation, I started to pay more attention to the news coming from the Islamic world in the Middle East.

Over the coming months I watched as the Muslim Brotherhood gained political power in Egypt.  I saw that cab driver’s worst fears come true as Coptic Christians were attacked by Islamic mobs.  I saw Tunisia institute Sharia, the brutal Islamic Law.  After Libya fell, the Transitional Council also instituted Islamic Law.  The nuclear armed Islamic government of Pakistan arrested and punished those who cooperated with the United States in killing Osama Bin Laden.  A woman under the Islamic government of Afghanistan faced execution for the crime of being raped.  Similar news stories emerged from Iran.  A man who typed “there is no god” as his Facebook status in Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world, was arrested for blasphemy.

Several Muslim men in England were arrested for handing out leaflets to Londoners demanding that homosexuals be executed by hanging for violating Islamic Law with their lifestyle.

And it struck me.  Even though these angry townspeople in Mufreesboro, TN had not articulated their concerns very well, they were only half wrong.  I remember meeting Frank Gaffney and interviewing him in front of the courthouse and asking him if he really thought that the peaceful Muslims here actually presented a real threat to America and he said no.  That caught me off guard so I asked if he really thought it was a credible threat that a community that makes up about one percent of the United States population was just going to suddenly rise up one day and try to take over the country and force Sharia Law onto all of us.  Again he said no.  Then he told me I was asking the wrong questions.  He suggested that I was only looking for answers that would support the conclusions I had already arrived at.  He said he had, after much research, arrived at a different set of conclusions and he challenged me to look a little deeper.  He gave me a report to look at and many, many months later I did look at his report.

It was at this time that I went to my backers and told them that we were not making an honest documentary.  I felt that everything I had put into the 25 minute short version (the one I used to raise the completion funds) was true, but only half true.  It was critical that we also show the very real threats that exist within Islam.  We needed to show that what is happening to these small communities of peaceful Muslims in America are the exception to the rule.  I wanted to show what happens to countries when they gain a Muslim majority, how women are treated, that homosexuals were executed, that free speech did not exist, that the forced Islamic Law was not consistent with Democratic Values – anything and everything I could think of that ought to strike a chord with the Liberal mindset.  And the response I received was, “Eric you are starting to sound like an Islamophobe.  We don’t want to make a movie that promotes fear.  Let’s just stick with the existing plan, okay?”

I fought and I fought.  I showed them a book called “The Truth About Mohammed” but was struck down since the author was a man named Robert Spencer and my backers pointed out that the Southern Poverty Law Center named his “Jihad Watch” site as part of a hate group.  I asked them to watch a documentary called “Islam: What the West Needs to Know” and pointed out that I had researched independently and verified the truth of what was being presented there, but they would not even watch this documentary as they were sure in advance that it was “hate speech” and “propaganda designed to spread fear”.  It probably goes without saying that by now I was very frustrated.  I showed my new backers several verses from the Koran that call for the killing of infidels and was told that these verses were probably being taken out of context.  I showed them a video clip from MEMRI TV of a young Egyptian child reciting a Hadith that calls for the killing of Jews and was told that “you can’t trust MEMRI because they have an agenda”.

I mentioned the popular Islamophobia watchdog site “Loonwatch” and how I had noticed a pattern of deflection all criticisms of radical and violent Islam by calling anyone who publicly raises these concerns a “Loon” and how I felt this was an intentional effort to provide a smoke screen for the terrorists.  I also noted that everything Loonwatch said was in lockstep with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and now CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation – the largest Islamic charity at one time, which was found to be funneling monies to Islamic terrorist organizations.  I also noted that CAIR had ties to both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and that Al Qeada had come out of the Muslim Brotherhood.  I expressed my concerns that the Egyptian Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro might have ties to the MB, something I had failed to properly investigate.  But since CAIR had the support of Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman’s show, Democracy Now, I was told that I had my facts all wrong.  It was also pointed out to me that if CAIR was allegedly some kind of terrorist front then why do they still have a special tax status and why are they still around?  When I said I do not know but it was possible that the government might prefer to watch them out in the open rather than risk them going underground I was told that my judgment was sounding less and less clear and that maybe I needed to take a step back from the project for a while.

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  • DIDU NOTICE

    Have you noticed that the HUFFINGTON POST IS A COMMUNIST-BACKED organization? It's founder from a previous soviet block country. Every time I try to blog there about what Islam teaches, they kick me off!

    Also, HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT WHENEVE CAIR SUBMITS AND ARTICLE TO THE INTERNET, THAT "COMMENTS" TO COUNTER ITS PROPOGANDA ARE NEVER PROVIDED?

    THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH WITH THE HUFFINGTON POST AND CAIR!

    • http://facebook Rose

      I use to have AOL, they went strictly to the Huff post for all their stories..I got kicked off because I posted comments about the muslims, islam and obama..The are so far left it’s not funny…When I ask them why, they said I was not kind to the above I mentioned..My response was, the other post are left on that was anti-Bush etc and they has some kind of insane reason why they let them post…Keep up the good work everyone..If we don’t back down and tell the world what these religions are like it will keep on coming like the plegue..

  • danseagull

    GREAT PIECE ERIC ALLEN BELL , BUT YOU SAID IN THIS ARTICLE THAT THE IMAM AND SOMEONE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THIS MOSQUE HAD CERTAIN CONNECTIONS TO TERRORIST OR ISLAMIST ORGANIZATIONS SO , WITH THESE TYPES INVOLVED IN THIS MOSQUE , WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MOSQUE ?

  • burkasrugly

    Eric,
    My gosh, what a wonderful story and a great and compelling writer you are! You have seen the light. We do not hate Muslims. Rather, we do hope they can be freed from the brutal totalitarian political system that masquerades as a "religion." Religions are not supposed to teach hate, but Islam does. Also, we do not want to give up our freedoms or our way of life based upon Judeo-Christian values in order to accomodate Muslims. We live by the U.S. Constitution, and will not be bullied into implementing Islamic Sharia law. Please, please make your documentary. You sound like you will be fair about it and not call us loons for being concerned about this very real Islamic threat. As a side note, did you know that they hate dogs? Check it out here: http://actjonesboroar.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/do

    • KafirDawg

      A thousand dogs are suspected to have been poisoned in Spain by muslimes.

  • Atikva

    I haven’t read or listen to the mainstream media for decades, and this story is a perfect illustration of the reason why I mistrust them completely. These so-called “journalists” rely on whatever they hear from their colleagues, and of course, it’s nothing more than the flavor of the day – i.e. whatever is currently politically correct. Based on that, they decide which topics to “cover” (and they cover them exactly as their colleagues did) and which to ignore – just like their colleagues did too. Not one of these useful idiots bothers to go back to the roots of their profession and start by CHECKING THE FACTS. You'd think that even in high school, they would have learnt not to take for granted whatever they hear, but apparently that wasn't part of their education. They have no ethics whatsoever.

    They won’t bother to visit the places they report about – God forbid they’d have the opportunity to talk to people who are living the story they plan to write about and get a second opinion. They don’t read, they don’t listen, they don’t look. They don’t report, they just rehash the same flavor of the day that somebody passed on to someone who then passed it on to someone else who regurgitated it, etc.. i.e. pure, unchecked, unadultered garbage.

    If they would check MEMRI, for instance, they would have seen that all MEMRI does is translate written or video taped articles, speeches and declarations made in the muslim world. Their agenda is not to comment, just to translate, period.

    And we can consider it a miracle that Mr. Eric Allan Bell actually LISTENED to a cab driver who, for one, knew what he was talking about, and woke up from his slumber. Alleluia!

  • DickTheTruth

    Mr. Bell – you say you still support the right of the Muslims in Murfreesboro to build their mosque. They are building their own church? They must have saved up a lot of money. Follow the money. It will lead straight to Saudi Arabia the seat of Wahabi Islam. The same money is behind many of the beachead Islam spin control outposts in the media and academe.

  • TantoSays

    Welcome to the club Eric; wear your label of Islamaphobe as a badge of courage. It means that you have scratched the surface and people are afraid of where your new-found knowledge will take you next. They will try to stop your story anyway possible.

    Amazing how 'friends' can turn on you so fast, isn't it? Let me assure you of this Eric, you will loose more friends, be called worse names than Islamaphobe, and will be excluded from the circles that you once traveled in. Along the way though, you will make new friends that will support your quest for truth. You have taken the first steps of a long journey my friend; do not lose heart.

    I will leave you with a quote from my good friend Jack Woodward at myWTFblog.com "The truth appears radical when viewed in the shadow of lies". Your story confirms how hard it is to spread the truth in a world that wishes it hidden.

  • OldmanRick

    Another convert that realizes islam is not the religion of peace, but rather an oppressive social and political cult out to rule the world and destroy all who disagree..

  • Ray

    I love the descriptions of Eric's meetings with these oh-so-'open-minded' and 'enlightened' and 'non-judgemental' financial supporters of his . . .everything about the truth of islum was all a vast right-wing conspiracy lie, told by backward fundamentalist Christians, who live in cabins with no sanitation or satellite tv . . .

    What do you think would be the reaction if you wanted to build a cathedral in Cairo, or Mecca ? Do you see mobs of Jews and Christians burning mosques, or executing rape victims, or bombing mosques during the hajj ??

    I hope you get the message out, Eric, we need more people like you to actually realize and internalize the truth about what is happening on this crazy planet – -

    And I love the reactions from posters like Mohammed Lebbadi or Nakba 1948, when anyone tells the truth about islum, you get a typical lamestream media/msnbc retort of islamophobia ! ! islamophobia ! !

    Like it says in the phony 'holy' book of islum – a muslim can lie to infidels whenever it is necessary, which is most of the time. . .

    The truth will set us free. . .

  • NNL

    My Liberal Debate Playbook is right 100% of the time. It is

    1) Ignore any points or issues raised by the OP and attack him personally
    2) Raise totally unrelated points and
    3) Attack them

    You're welcome
    never never land

  • Mohammed Lebbadi

    You guys are really mad, we Muslims have more reason to attack you than you have to attack us, but we don't. I am not talking about attacks by a bunch of extremists on you or on us, but on much wider attacks. Throughout history we have been attacked by Christians, officially, like the Crusades which were blessed by the Pope and the Church. And then much later the Christian powers colonized us and enslaved our people, including your "African-Americans" who are now seeking their roots. We were under your boots for hundreds of years. Our cities and towns are full of churches, built during those times but still standing and open, because we have Christians living among us from Europe and America and we want them to feel at home. There's absolutely no antagonism towards them. I am talking about a region I know well, the Maghreb. So why don't you calm down, do a little research and a lot of thinking, and stop this nonsense!

    • reason1984

      Sooo, the Muslims were simply defending themselves on their march through Spain, and at the gates of Vienna? And the current day flight of Christians from Iraq is a Zionist lie. The "cleansing" of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and of Christians in Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Thailand, to name a few, is not really happening. Catholic churches throughout the Muslim world are not being torched and bombed. The destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan never happened. Dear Mohammed, you need to return to the madrasah for some fine tuning on deception. Dear sir your taqiyah is showing.

    • mah29001

      Jihadi shut up.

    • KafirDawg

      LOL, what about the upwards of 2.5 million Armenian and Assyrian Christians slaughtered by Turkish muslonazis in the early 20th century? What about the nearly 3 million Hindus slaughtered by muslonazis in Bangladesh in the 1970's? Your lies run thin.

    • http://Google Talbat

      Fact speaks for itself. The killing all over the world in the name of Allah is unrefutable. U need to know your islamic history and the legacy of Muhammad which is just killing innocent people whose crime is only being non-muslims or Jews and nothing more. But as a muslim, you have divine injunction to lie to depend your islamic god.

  • Mohammed Lebbadi

    And please, stop repeating the cliches I hear about Islam from Islamophobes, do your own homework. The Qur'an is our only book, and it's a 3D Book. To understand what it says one has to know the where, when, and why of the verses. One cannot just say the Qur'an calls for the death of the disbelievers, yes, it is there somewhere, but one has to understand that Muslims in the early days were persecuted and put to death by the disbelievers, they were not Christian or Jewish, but the idol worshippers who saw Muhammad as a menace to their ways. Muhammad actually was supported by a Christian relative, a cousin of Khadija, and had ties with the Christian Negus of Abyssinia.

  • darthkeller

    "And by the way, I still believe that unless they break the law, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has a legal right to build their house of worship. We don’t have to like it, but then again the First Amendment was designed not to protect popular ideas – as they don’t need protecting – but to protect unpopular ideas as well."

    I hate to tell you this, but you're a CONSERVATIVE (note: NOT a republican….). Welcome to the club :)

  • creeker

    this is garbage. Pure stinky filth. Trying to promote your hate for islam and probably anything non-christian by pretending to be converted from rational to irrational. Did you just watch that ben stein movie and think you could try to do something similar in writing? All these religions are extremely dangerous but they also serve their purpose, but don't for 1 second be naive enough to think it's just islam, and in what reality is "islam" going to take over the west and institute its ridiculous laws? Please partner, if anyone is invading anyone its the west invading the middle east.

    • KafirDawg

      Yeah the islamonazis taking over parts of the UK and France are all in our imagination.

  • Jim

    This reminds me of a story I read in a book called Why We Left Islam by Joel Richardson and Susan Crimp. A young German woman had married a Muslim/Turkish man against the wishes of her Christian parents and moved to Turkey with him. While in Germany he had been a nice moderate muslim, like we hear so often about, but in Turkey under the influence of his family and friends became a true muslim, beating his new wife, confiscating her passport and making her life a living hell. She finally escaped to the German consulate with only her life. The first thing her case worker said to her after hearing of her plight was "You stupid hens, don't you watch the news?".

  • dopeydilldock

    islamaphobe is a made up B.S. word, which means irrational fear odf isalm. With close to 19,000!! YES folks, that's nineteen thousand DEADLY islamic terriorist attacks since 9-11-2001, irrational fear is not the word that pops into my mine first.

  • http://www.pdmi.org Arash Irandoost

    "Those who are against killing have no place in Islam. If the survival of the Faith requires the shedding of blood, we are there to perform or duty."
    Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, IRI Judge

    "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet"
    Shaikh Hassan Al-Banna, founder and Supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood

    “Killing is a great Divine gift.”
    “Those who say Islam should not kill don‟t understand [it]. Killing is a great [divine] gift that appears [to man]. A religion that does not include [provisions for] killing and massacre is incomplete. Those who claim that Jesus was averse to killing and war, harm his prophetic mission… Killing is the same as mercy.”
    Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Islamic Republic

    “Violence is the heart of Islam.”
    “We must wipe away the shameful stain whereby some people imagine that violence has no place in Islam… we have decided and are determined to argue that violence is the heart of Islam.”
    Ayatollah Yazdi – Senior Advisor to Ahmadinejad and IRGC Leaders

    • KafirDawg

      The ugly truth about Islam. The muslonazis will have a hard time putting a positive spin on the quotes you provided!

  • Deborah Hill

    Eric, Now read two books, one is "Case For a Creator" by Lee Strobel and "The Late Great Planet Earth." By Hal Lindsey. The Hal Lindsey book will tell you the inside of bal Prophecy on the Middle East, Islam and Israel. Good reading.

  • reason1984

    Eric, welcome to the "Great Awakening." Let your healing begin.

  • reason1984

    Islam, the face of evil, the pathology of hate.

  • cstamford

    Three things jumped out at me in your article. First, the purity of the conceptual world you were able, for so long in your adult life, to maintin in Southern California, a place where I was born and raised (I'm now 64 years old), and a place I would have thought it impossible for your previous mindset to develope to the point where you could write, "“America is a Christian nation and there is only one God and his name is not Allah and his son is Jesus Christ” and “America is a Christian Nation” and “These Muslims do not share my values and I don’t want them in my backyard”. Growing up in Southern California, I had never heard anything like this before in my life." During the 60's and 70's SoCal was one of the several locations in the USA to experience a great revival of biblical Christianity, so much so it was instrumental in the coining of the phrase the "Jesus People". Even if this was before your time, having to have the investigative instincts I assume it requires to be an adequate documentarian, I would have thought the idea that "America is a Christian nation and there is only one God and his name is not Allah and his son is Jesus Christ" is a concept that might have crossed your observational horizon at some point. In any case, I'm happy you've had that horizon extended through recent events, and I hope the process continues for the rest of your life.

    The second thing I notice was your continuing reluctance to accept what has been made obvious to you, as testified to by your conclusion from having "Danios" pressure DK into letting you go, articulated as "[o]nce again proving the oil and water relationship between Islam and tolerance for free speech." That's what one would be tempted to call a "half-truth", with the whole of it being that this same relationship exists between the extreme leftist's mind set and tolerance for free speech. Nearly your entire article, once you get beyond describing your previous views, and where they took you in researching this story, is a saga of an attack on your own right to free speech. No one debated you on your views according to you. They simply did what they could to silence you…and how many of these people were non-Mulsims? The extreme Left in this country shares with Muslims certain affinities, and a lack of tolerance for the airing of opposing views is one of them. What else explains the fact from your own history in living in SoCal having failed to hear that there is only one God, and Jesus Christ is His Son? That's a pretty big knowledge gap (about Christianity) for a well-educated Southern Californian!

    Finally, and very briefly, there is this, "And by the way, I still believe that unless they break the law, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has a legal right to build their house of worship." I realize that you've just begun your personal inquiry into a very different world view, and that when we do these sorts of revolutionary things we are very tempted to drag into our new paradigm as much of the old as we can possibly stuff into it, if for no other reason, as a sort of "security blanket" to hold onto while we explore the dimly lit corners of the new room in which we find ourselves, but eventually you've going to have to let go of this idea that every religion is equal, and has an equal right to exist in the US. Islam is a religion that grants basic rights only to Muslims, and not even to all of them. It is fundamentally contrary to our Constitution, and to our national belief that all persons have equal rights. We cannot therefore let a cancer that eats at most or our basic freedoms fester among us simply because it is a religion. When imams stop preaching jihids and fatwahs against "infidels" and "Jews", then Islam will be welcomed in the USA, in spite fo the fact that this country is indeed founded upon Christian values and basic Enlightenment political philosophy. Only a moron would welcome the glass of poison offered to kill them.

    Great, uplifting article in the main. Welcome to a much broader world than you heretofore imagined ever existed.

    • KafirDawg

      Antisemitism is part and parcel of the muslime faith. There are dozens of antisemitic verses in the quran and at least three verses in the hadiths that call for the extermination of Jews. The only people who stood up to muhamMAD were the Jews who lived in Saudi Arabia, who were then betrayed by his duplicity.

  • Bill

    I was almost convinved, until you said that the only people supporting the building of the Mosque here were “Socialists or Communists.” That’s when I knew this was yet more political spin. There is so much of it from both the left and the right (and for the record I am against Islam in general, including so-called “moderate” Islam /lol…moderate…).

    Communism is essentially dead in the west, and nearly all “Socialists” in the U.S. are actually supporters of a left leaning MIXED economy- one that is Capitalist-based but heavy on regressive taxes and social programs, but still containing elements od a free market. No arbitrary price fixing, except for goods with very low elasticity of demand. These can’t accurately be called “Socialists,” and they are only lumped together so lazily by the Right’s political spinners and sheep.

    Yes, Islam is an impedment to progress, and often times, frankly evil. But don’t get lazy calling people who support the First Amendment “Socialists” just because they are ignorant of the questionable morals in “moderate” Islam.

  • psalvaje

    Eric, perhaps you now can understand why Michael Savage believes liberalism is a mental disorder. Rational thinking need not apply.

  • Karin Isbell

    Right-on, Eric, and to everyone who is not clear about Islamic plans, look at the world map of the 10th century, i.e.,
    it had taken Islam but a mere 300 years to subdue most of Europe and Asia. While the crusades can hardly be
    classified as felicitous events (too much carnage, too much intrigue and corruption by the powers that be), at least they were a beginning battle against total global usurpation by Islam. Fortunately, subsequent events
    helping to drive Muslems out of Europe were better organized and with far more intergrity. Yes, Islam's founder
    was a pedophile and instigator or murder, persecution and mayhem and a thief and corruptor of part of the Bible, when and wherever it suited him. SHEITAN (Satan) will deal with him and his minions and "Vengeance is mine,"
    says God, "I shall repay". Thank you, Elihu, for your quote from Isaiah.

    • Karin Isbell

      You bet-ya, Muslims are hard to convert, because if they do, they are made to bite the grass. Yes,_Christian missionaries have an often difficult time to help people to acknowledge our Savior, because _God's
      word appears to be less popular than coercion by fear of stoning and wife-beating and -raping

  • http://www.cathyscostumeblog.blogspot.com Catherine Raymond

    Good for you, Eric. You are publicly arguing for positions you have arrived at on the strength of your own research, thoughts and experiences–something fewer and fewer people seem to be doing in this country.

  • Ramona Mays

    Education of any organization is so important. We don't won't to be like the story of the frog that was gradually boiled in water and didn't even realize it till it was too late.

  • KafirDawg

    Q: How do you know a muslime is lying?

    A: Their lips move.

  • Judith

    Thanks and congratulations from another ex-liberal. Please go on telling the truth about Islam and exposing the self-hating lunacy of the Left. And if you possibly can, do something about the indoctrination of America's youth by their rabidly anti-American professors. God be with you!

  • Marc Lake

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/07/vijay-kumar-the-muslim-mosque-a-state-within-a-state.html
    The above is the link to an eye-opening article about what a mosque represents and is. Got it from Jihadwatch

  • http://inthepacific.blogspot.com/ Regina

    “The comments section of Daily Kos made me feel like I was attending my own funeral..”
    I believe it!! Thanks for an inspiring story-

  • Salubrius

    Mr. Bell, you are trying to fight a "poetic truth" with facts, logic and reason. It won't work.

    "Poetic truths like that are marvelous because no facts and no reason can ever penetrate. Supporters of Israel are up against a poetic truth. We keep hitting it with all the facts. We keep hitting it with obvious logic and reason. And we are so obvious and conspicuously right that we assume it is going to have an impact and it never does.

    Why not? These narratives, these poetic truths, are the source of their power. Focusing on the case of the Palestinians, who would they be if they were not victims of white supremacy? They would just be poor people in the Middle East. They would be backwards. They would be behind Israel in every way. So this narrative is the source of their power. It is the source of their money. Money comes from around the world. It is the source of their self-esteem. Without it, would they be able to compete with Israeli society? They would have to confront in themselves a certain inferiority with regard to Israel – as most other Arab nations would have to confront an inferiority in themselves and be responsible for it.

    The idea that the problem is Israel, that the problem is the Jews, protects Palestinians from having to confront that inferiority or do anything about it or overcome it. The idea among Palestinians that they are victims means more to them than anything else. It is everything. It is the centerpiece of their very identity and it is the way they define themselves as human beings in the world. It is not an idle thing. Our facts and our reason are not going to penetrate easily that definition or make any progress.

    The question is, how do they get away with a poetic truth, based on such an obvious series of falsehoods? One reason why they get away with it in the Middle East is that the Western world lacks the moral authority to call them on it. The Western world has not said "your real problem is inferiority. Your real problem is underdevelopment." That has not been said, nor will ever be said – because the Western world was once colonial, was once racist, did practice white supremacy, and is so ashamed of itself and so vulnerable to those charges, that they are not going to say a word. They are not going to say what they really think and feel about what is so obvious about the circumstances among the Palestinians. So the poetic truth that Palestinians live by carries on.

    International media also do not feel that they have the moral authority to report what they see. On the contrary, they feed this poetic truth and give it a kind of gravitas that it would never otherwise have.

    Consequently, we need to develop a narrative that is not poetic, but literal and that is based on the truth. What would such a narrative look like?"

    Maybe like your film.
    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2586/palestinia

    Good luck to you.

  • NeitherLnorC

    Once again Americans have to polarise all issues into their Liberal/Conservative schism. If I've understood anything that Eric has written, it is that he is looking for what is true, and what is right. Not right-wing, just right. If "Liberals" are defending Islam because they think it's 'politically correct', then they need to know that they are defending repression, suppression and bigotry. They are defending Islam because they think religious freedom is a good thing. As soon as you start invoking your god, you are becoming part of the problem.
    My experience with American 'Liberals' is that they are more willing to listen to reason because their beliefs are allegedly based on science and evidence. American 'Conservatives' base their opinions on faith and dogma, and are generally a waste of time trying to discuss things with.

  • Steve

    I would love to see what happens when or if the investigating eye of an honest reporter follows the inconspicuous designs of the Roman Catholicism; there, I believe, is the true epicenter a world upheaval.

  • LeeVonHart

    Their leaders all educated here. Very primal what is going on. Some men some nations always at war, trying to conquer. Our country because of constitutional freedoms and the dreaded capitalism have suceeded like no other culture ever, and we give so much. With the giving tho came meddling by our own powers that be. So we the plebs became fat and happy, distracted, so we are easy to mess with. You are right about the anticipation of refugees, I believe that is part and parcel of A21. What a mess. You really went out on a branch! God bless you Eric. :)

  • Concord

    I seem to have learned, in all this [ = examination of Islamism] that "One can be right for the wrong reasons," and also "One can be wrong for the right reasons." That's a bit loose and unfocused, but: the Florida preacher who would burn the Koran, the PA guy who dressed as the Prophet in a parade, etc., and even myself, can be quite right about the extremist-fundamentalist element. Right for some psychological reasons which are extreme (fear of insidious barbaric inhumane terror) whether from early childhood trauma, need for we-they mentality, etc. BUT these people are right–correct. Conversely, are "liberal leftists," quite wrong, denying, for "right, correct" reasons, human equality even "steamroller egalitarianism." Nice reasons, BUT these people are wrong, incorrect about the extremist fundamentalist element…… Or that's just my current working theory….l..

  • Barb

    I have watched your interviews on FoxNews, may God be with you in spreading this information on Islam…..the American people, not all, but most, have their head in the sand….keep up the good work, your life was meant to take a new turn for the sake of the majority…..women have no clue what would be in store for them if they accepted Islam….nor their female children…

  • gfmucci

    Given Eric's continuing support of the Mosque, it doesn't yet appear that Eric understands the political nature of Islam. He still fails to understand the truth that Islam is more of a subversive, fascist, supremacist political ideology than it is a religion. It is an intolerant, militaristic ideology that is motivated by religious devotion and fervor – fascism propelled by a god. Once Eric understands Islam in this light, he will have an appreciation why another Mosque is NOT a good idea. Another Mosque will simple serve as another training center for Muslims to carry out sedition against our government, propaganda against our way of life, and, when the time is right, violence against our communities and homes.

  • Bill Sullivan

    It is amazing how detailed Muslims are
    taught from early on the things that they believe. They are quite indoctrinated
    and much more so than many Christians these days. That is not all bad because
    much of what the various Churches teach is crap and not in the Bible. The one
    thing that they teach, the DEATH BURIAL AND RESURRECTION of Yeshua the Messiah
    (Jesus Christ) cannot be beat. There is no other doctrine that explains what we
    see in nature; when the laws of the universe are violated whatever it is that operates
    by those laws CEASES TO FUNCTION. Thus if man also violate the foundation on
    which those laws operate, he ceases to function, dies. The only doctrine that reconciles that truth
    is Christian. In Christianity, the Creator, (Jesus Christ) comes and ceases to
    function for his creation and then is brought back to life, making a way for
    others. Yet, many Muslims who are well taught in their doctrine, have been able
    to show some Christians how some of what they were taught makes no sense.
    Things like Jesus was crucified and buried about Sun down Friday, raised before
    day Sunday and it some how equals 3 days and 3 nights. Well and honest person
    can see that makes no sense. Then they will say the Bible has been corrupted
    and that is why it makes no sense. The truth is the Bible never taught that
    doctrine of Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection… But Muslims use it to
    lead some astray. However, when you compare the Books the Quran and the Bible;
    the authority and proof of that authority, there is no comparison. Neither is
    the idea told many who converted to ISLAM. That Idea is that Jesus was a
    prophet but Mohamed is the last and greatest of Prophets. What scripture really
    says about Christ from Genesis to Revelation CANNOT be reconciled with what was
    taught by Mohamed, who in the Quran actually denies who Christ was born of a
    Virgin; was the Son of God; and actually died for your sins. This makes the
    redemption Impossible. Come and see what the Quran really says about Christ and
    help your fiends who may be involved in learning deception.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/why-even-at-a-glance-the-quran-is-not-comparable-to-the-bible

  • livingengine

    He is a fraud.

  • livingengine

    He was asking for money based on lies. That is fraud. He is a fraud.

    • AngieNOREMORSE89

      What were his lies? answer the question please. Funny how you don’t dispute facts. You are actually proving his point that liberals will spew insults on cue rather than dispute the facts.

  • TRUdy

    Everything he said is true and can be substantiated elsewhere. Denying it, as he did initially, does not make it untrue.

  • laars

    Reading the korean should be required in high school. It is a blueprint for domination. Islam was added to mohammeds butchery and theft after his death as a cover for domination and warfare. Deportation on the first offense will save Europe and refusing immigration to muslims is the Way.

  • Peter

    How much sanity does it take, to take a pedophile and a murderer for a prophet !?

  • KafirDawg

    LOL, your Al Taqiyya lies need a lot more work. The slaughter and persecution of people of faiths other than islam in all your muslonazi states is well known and documented.

  • Ralph

    Obviously the last two incomplete sentences are the result of hastiness. My apologies.