The High Price of Telling the Truth About Islam

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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.” Frontpage invited him to tell his story, which he does below.]

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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  • Jeff

    We must all stay on the fight against the disease known as Islam. If we don't we will wake up someday and it will be too late! Please, everyone, educate yourselves and your children, this is not a race issue, this is not a religious issue, this is a life issue and the future of everything we know & love hangs in the balance. Look at Islam, wherever it is, it dominates and controls without feelings. Its soul purpose is to replace us!!!

    • Robert

      Jeff, I'm in London right now visiting my wife's family who live over here(we live in san francisco). We are staying in Tower Hamlets. I am seeing first hand and with my own eyes the islamization of this area. It is shocking. I would say 50-60% of the people in this part of London are islamic. Very 'edgy' feeling in the air. women in burkas. It is really a shock and a clear picture of what is coming to all of us eventually-unless something dramatic happens to change this

      • Robert

        Here is the whole post:
        I'm in London right now visiting my wife's family who live over here(we live in san francisco). We are staying in Tower Hamlets. I am seeing first hand and with my own eyes the islamization of this area. It is shocking. I would say 50-60% of the people in this part of London are islamic. Very 'edgy' feeling in the air. women in burkas. It is really a shock and a clear picture of what is coming to all of us eventually-unless something dramatic happens to change this, otherwise, inevitable course. very sad and heartbreaking to see but also a normalcy to it, which adds to the sense of how difficult this will be to change.
        Rob

        • KafirDawg

          And the cancer called Islam spreads. Anyone who doesn't realize it's us or them by now, never will — until the Islamonazism is kicking down their front door w/jackboots.

  • JRK

    It's difficult to fight the good fight. I salute you.

  • Ghostwriter

    Dear Mr. Bell,

    I hope your new film includes the celebrations that the Palestinians did when hearing about 9-11. They danced and sang and passed out candies at the spectacle of three thousand innocent Americans dying. Similar celebrations broke out all over the Muslim world. If that doesn't tell you about the mentality of what we are facing,I don't know what will. I hope you will do this.

    Signed,
    Ghostwriter

  • Suzanne

    Good job. Be brave and keep going in the right direction.

  • kblink45

    Dear Mr. Bell,
    A disturbing truth lies beneath the surface of your revelation: the fountainhead of the left's hypocritical embrace of Islam (mysogynistic, anti-intellectual, etc.) is the its own rabid hatred of Christianity. Though I am not a Christian, I recognize that the crucial difference between modern Christianity and Islam is the former's respect for individual conscience. But the left is ahistorical regarding religion. They do not bother to trace the evolution of freedom of conscience in Christianity. They do not recognize that the civil rights which they selectively champion had their start in Chief Justice Coke's admonition to King James that no man could be coerced to reveal his private conscience.

    But the true nature of the left's love affair with Islam is reflected most glaringly in their hypocritical quasi-religion, environmentalism. The left professes to be reasonable and scientific, but one cannot be both evolutionist and an environmentalist. So why do most scientists (E. O. Wilson is exemplary) embrace the environmentalist fantasy? Because they wish to destroy Christianity, in particular, and any non-progressive (i.e., non-secular) basis for morality, in general.

    • KafirDawg

      I think the leftarded idiots will find that islamofascists don't share power w/kufrs. If it ever comes to pass that the islamofascists do take power, I think the leftarded idiots will experience their own Night of the Long Knives at the hands of the islamofascists.

  • FormerMuslim

    It is refreshing to see Eric see the light about Islam, which is a totalitarian ideology that seeks total control over citizens. It is NOT a religion. Only religions that respect human rights should have the freedom to expand in America, Conquering ideologies what has no respect for human rights should have no respect in America. It is up to us to say NO to Islam, the way it is practiced today.

    • KafirDawg

      Islam wasn't any better in its blood stained past. Muhammad himself was a blood thirsty tyrant, slaver and pedophile who had all his detractors murdered and unbelievers murdered en masse.

  • http://frontpagemag.com Francisco Bravo

    Eric, because of David’s background I trusted him as reliable teacher when it came to the Left and I know he is irreplaceable but, perhaps is your turn to inspire people to see Islam and the left for what they are – an ongoing disaster for human kind.

  • Kafir Dawg

    LOL. The concept of "good" muslim has as much validity as the concept of a "good" nazi — because the ideology of both religions is nothing but hate, intolerance and antisemitism.
    Just for the record there are no less than three, "authoritative" hadiths of Islam that call for the extermination of Jews.

  • Western Canadian

    Very impressive. You have a rather large portion of integrity. Which of course, means you are doomed. Hang in man, you are needed.

    • ISAIAH5417

      Genuine integrity dooms no one who is possessed of it. No matter what happens genuine integrity is always coherent. "Live free or die. I regret that I have only one life to give for my country." Integrity rules. Tyranny, despotism & totalitarianism always fail. Always. Evil always wins a few rounds on its way to the Final Destruction. Hang very, very tough.

  • aspacia

    I work in a PC environment, but must hold my tongue as a high school teacher. If a Muslim student whine about what I say, I will be written up.

    However, I do state undisputed facts about what certain faiths claim. Good luck Mr. Bell, and you have my admiration for having the courage of you convictions.

    • KafirDawg

      You don't dare criticise Islam in the workplace anymore, which is why islamonazism is spreading like a cancer, all over the globe.

  • James

    It was rewarding to read about your intellectual questing for a rational reason based understanding of Islam in context. Unfortunately Islamic inroads to the freedoms we have been bequested by past generations who actually fought hard for them thrives on most people not bothering think or using certain dogmas as a prophylactic to escape the chore of thoughtful consideration of the 'facts on the ground'.

  • ews

    I can't parse "free speech of the savagery of a growing mob" Did you
    mean "or"?

  • http://www.newenglishreview.org John MJ

    The most forgotten of all mankind's rights is the right of a man to change his mind. Mr. Bell has exercised that right and thereby reminded us all that it exists.

    Those people who did not want him to change his mind, or to make a properly in depth examination of the Murfeesborough situation, often perceive changing one's mind as weakness or betrayal. However, in this case I would like to ask Mr. Bell if he feels that the people who wanted him to stick to his original concept maybe also wanted him to do that because it would have maximised profits on the original project. In other words, were the original backers heavily inclined to want Mr. Bell to distribute a very one-sided documentary in order to make more money as well as to preserve their left-wing credentials?

  • dumbledoresarmy

    Mr Bell – good article. Thank you in particular for heeding – and taking seriously – your Coptic Christian taxi driver, and for following up on what he told you. I think you owe him. You might even like to consider talking to others like him – and perhaps to non-Muslims (Hindu, Buddhist, Christian) who have fled from places like Pakistan and Bangladesh, and who are also fleeing from places like Malaysia and Indonesia as those places become more strongly Islamified and more and more people push for sharia-in-full. Bear in mind, however, that some who have experienced life inside the lands of Islam as de facto dhimmis can be as deeply in denial about the real extent and agent/s of the abuse they suffered, as any severely-battered spouse or abused child.

    Further thought. Here's a poignant story that might be worth pursuing, and documenting: Albert Elmarry, one of the Canadian citizens killed in NYC on 9/11 was a Coptic Christian who had escaped Egypt to settle in Canada, and then got a job in the USA, in NYC, in the Twin Towers no less. On the strength of that job, enormously pleased with himself, he visited back home and scooped up a beautiful wife (also a Coptic Christian) whom he brought back to live in peace and safety – as he thought – in the USA. They bought the house, they started the baby; and then, when his wife was only two months pregnant, he was killed in the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. He had fled all the way to the Americas to escape Muslim persecution of his people in his ancestral homeland; and yet he died as a victim of Jihad, in the very heart of what he thought was a place of refuge, where he had begun a new life. Perhaps you could find his wife and child – the child (born March 2002) would be eleven years old – and the two families concerned, and the people he worked for and the church where he worshipped in Egypt and then in Canada and NYC, and use his story as a way of introducing English-speaking westerners to the long tragedy of the Copts, the indigenous non-Muslim people of Egypt, reduced (by 1200 years of Muslim invasion, occupation and oppression) to a minority in their own country – who right now, I fear, are facing nothing less than genocide, to exceed what was done to the Armenians.
    There are so many stories that cry out for a gutsy film-maker to tell them. For that matter, you mentioned Theo Van Gogh – who's doing a doco about him, and about all the others who've been targeted – e.g. Kurt Westergaard, Lars Vilks, Taslima Nasreen, Molly Norris? Do a doco on Islam's denial of free speech – its threats against and murder of critics and 'blasphemers' – and call it 'The Heirs of Asma Bint Marwan'.

    • KafirDawg

      I feel sorry for the family of Albert Elmarry. My condolences to them all, for escaping islamofascism, and then being killed by it, in the land of the free and the brave, run by a government of the corrupt and cowardly.

  • dumbledoresarmy

    Small correction to the above. Albert Elmarry's child, born seven months after its father's death in the Twin Towers, will be turning ten in March this year, not eleven.

  • Larry Linn

    My grandparents had to flee Northern Ireland after death threats because of conflicts between Christian Catholics and Christian Protestants. She was Protestant, and he was Catholic. When I became of age, I volunteered and joined the Army, and I served as an 11B Infantryman. Most of my time in the field was in squad or platoon size operations. When there were conflicts between the South Vietnamese Buddhists and Christian, we would have discussions about what we were fighting for. It always came back to the “Bill of Rights”. To me the most important was “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”.
    What else did our Founding Fathers have to say about religion?
    "Question with boldness even the existence of a god." – Thomas Jefferson (letter to Peter Carr, 10 August 1787):
    "All natural institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason;
    "Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together", James Madison.
    “Lighthouses are more helpful than Churches”, Benjamin Franklin.
    Our Founding Fathers never intended for the United States to be a religious nation.

    • Rhonda

      You are wrong! I'm an atheist and even I know that our nation was founded upon a Judeo/Christian ethic and and values. There are MANY more quotes from our founders which state the very opposite of your presumption. Our country was INDEED meant to be one of Christian faith. In every school verses were taught from the Old Testament and the New Testament. Larry, you haven't been educated enough in our nation's history and I suggest you go back and pick up a copy of the Federalist Papers in which you'll discover that you are wrong. You've obviously picked and chosen your quotes from our Founders which support your notion but these very same men have made statements to the contrary, repeatedly. The sentiment of our Founders has been that our form of government will not be successful without the belief in God. Go back Larry, read more. It's so unfair to assume something without all of the facts. Also, It's true there were provisions in place to prevent favoritism of government toward a particular religion, there are also those to protect religion from the tyranny of government. Islam is not just a religion as we understand in Western culture; it's a political system with laws that govern severely over ever aspect of life. In other words, it's tyrannical. Larry, our Founding Father did indeed intend for the US to become and remain a nation which held the principles of Judeo/Christian values.

  • interesting videos

    Mr. Bell there are Liberal Progressives that are investigating Islam so you are not alone. They are few, but hopefully growing.

    Here is one site that has vast information that you might find interesting. This person is Liberal and social progressive, but is critical of Islam. His videos are a most see;
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Lorientalist

    I hope you will subscribe to his channel and watch his videos when you can Mr. Bell…good luck and keep telling the truth

  • JDL

    Mr. Bell,

    Thank you for taking the time to search for facts and be open to the results.

    I urge you to research the other Mosque opposition communities for a more balanced American reaction. But you have to understand when one religion is given special privileges over another you are going to piss people off. And different regions respond in different ways from the history they have experienced.

    You have to understand that people are scared right now. If we felt that our govt was looking into the backgrounds and funding of the Mosques and can prove they are not connected to any terrorists or govt takeover plan, like the one the FBI found from the Muslim Brotherhood, (http://bigpeace.com/teamb/2010/10/26/fbi-captured-muslim-brotherhoods-strategic-plan/) it could be a different story. When they see the left and the Obama admin favoring CAIR by not applying equal enforcement of the law, what else do you expect people to do when they are being force fed how and what they are supposed to feel?

    Cont:

  • JDL

    Cont:

    How about Muslim countries not allowing Christian churches in their country? Why do we have to give into their so-called religion when they do not allow equal rights and treatment in their countries? Saudi Arabia has been proven to be a major funder of the creeping Sharia and we cannot build a church in their country.

    How can we as Americans allow a so-called religion equal religious status when Islamists are commanded by the Koran to lie to further Islam( taqiyya) , and deny equal human rights under our Constitution?

    When Muslim's, Mexican's, Communist's etc come to America to change it, they will be met with opposition. Most Americans have no problem with legal immigrants that want a better life but when you come here to conquer you will be met with force eventually.

    I have a question also, how do you feel about the hate laws in our country? You know the one where if you are black or gay the law protects you more than a white citizen?

    And if you really want your eyes opened, do a documentary on the media bias by the MSM that is ruining this country. Then move onto the education system, especially the universities.

  • Paul B.

    Loads of integrity and courage. May the Lord protect and guide you, Mr. Bell. I pray much good comes of this excellent chronicle of your awakening.

  • Terence57

    Mr. Bell,
    The support you will receive is as broad as it is deep. Yes, the media are cowards. They do fear more than opinion or ratings. Remember the scene in "Broadway Danny Rose" where Woody Allen is 'standing up for Mr. Danny Kay?' The left is only too happy to appear to be taking a courageous stand against Christian (and any other non-islamic)
    tyranny. Show your work. Promote it to your new, ballsy audience. We will come.

  • Joe

    Hang in there Brother,if left to walk alone then one must get use to the idea that he will die alone and never have voiced what he truly believes in.From reading all that you have written here and the impact you have made on me,you must rest assured that you have made a friend with a spiritual connection. Thank you and keep up the good work and move over Speilberg.Eric Allen Bell will not be forgotten,my prayers are with you…..Joe

  • YetWave

    Well said, Mr. Bell.
    Your odyssey will take you in the direction toward which many of us continue to journey: the light where the ways of islam are shown for the imbecilic, anti-humanistic, hate inducing doctrine spewed from the mouth of a madman that they are.

  • Lily

    Thank you so much Mr.Bell for the wonderful article.

    Contrary to popular liberal and muslim rhetoric ,Conservatives have very little interest in muslims ,their race or ethnicity.We care about the US,it’s safety,future and freedom.

    I disagree about the Murfreesboro mosque.
    I think the community has a right to determine the issue and if the majority are against it,so be it There are other towns that would welcome a mosque.Especially if the muslim community are immigrants or government placements.

    I hope that you continue to educate yourself about the history of Islam and it’s subjugation,slavery,violence and religious intolerance.

  • Call Me Mom

    The truth is a dangerous thing, but well worth having, much like freedom itself. I have been defriended and called a hater on facebook by friends as well as family, for doing no more than posting the truth and defending it with easily verifyable facts.

    I am a conservative and did not approve of much of what Mr. Bush and the democratically controlled Congresses did during his term in office either. Here is another truth for you: conservative does not equal republican.

    May I recommend the movie: "Agenda: Grinding America Down". I have often asked myself which was the bigger threat to our republic – communism or islam? At the moment we are in a two front, ideaological war for the hearts and minds of America. If either socialism of islam wins, America is lost. I intend to do my best to make sure that doesn't happen. I would rather be Churchill than Neimoller, but I intend to do what I may.

    If you are low on facebook friends, you can find my e-mail at my website. I appreciate those who are willing to find the truth-especially when they don't like it.

  • Call Me Mom

    The truth is a dangerous, yet immensely valuable thing, much like freedom. I have been called a hater and unfriended by friends and family on facebook for posting the truth and defending it with easily verifyable facts.

    I am a conservative, but I did not approve of many of the actions of the Bush administration or the democratically controlled Congress at that time. Here is another truth for you: conservative does not equal republican.

    If you find your friends list getting slim on facebook, I value those who are willing to find and stand for the truth-especially when the truth they find is not what they expected or wanted. You can find my e- mail through the link. Best of luck to you Mr. Bell, you'll need it.

  • Vasti

    Eric Bell, respect and good luck!

  • David Barrett

    Now try and convince your local lefties.
    You have 'declared war' on the basis of knowledge and a path well travelled
    Many will not even consider putting a foot on that path – you hae to take their hand and tug gently
    Well read and beautifully written
    Keep up the good work

  • fred dawes

    Muslims are evil but who isn”t we needa world war

  • Nomadic100

    Missing here is some mention as to why this town in Tennessee requires a mammoth mosque. Are there that many Muslims in the area? And who is paying for this mosque? Probably not, but rather the Saudis. If so, the mosque itself is an example of the "Stealth Jihad."

    • http://amerikanbeat.net Joshua Liner

      Is the argument here that no one should ever purchase something they don't "need"? Is simple wanting never enough? Weird.

      And yes, there are enough Muslims in the Boro that they have outgrown the current mosque. During prayers, half of the penitents have to do it in the parking lot. Get it?

  • ufo42

    Interesting article. I agree with your assessment of Islam, but would like to point out that the christian right fundamentalists and jewish fundamentalist are every bit as anti-freedom and anti-democratic. They haven't got the terrorism bit down yet, but are infiltrating the US government at every level and the US military as fast as their billionaire backers can facilitate them. Fundamentalists of all three of the Abrahamaic religions all have common bits of scripture to point to which justify killing and/or violating the civil rights of non-believers and even believing women. The differences among the various sects (cults) within these religions really just amount to how much they emphasize the nastier passages in their scriptures. It is pretty disheartening to see the unholy alliance between CAIR and liberal unbelieving folk based on the use of the islamaphobe label, but the many inroads the christian right has made based on the blatant lie that the US was founded as a christian nation are just as dangerous to freedom.

    • KafirDawg

      LOL, yeah the "Christian right" is what we all have to fear. I tell you what, why don't you move to ANY islamonazi state, because there you'll never have anything to fear from the "Christian right", or Hindus, or Buddhists, or Bahais, or Jews EVER again.

    • Rhonda

      To ufo42….Um yeah. Where's your proof to back up what you claim about anti-government Jews and Christians!? Sir or madam, I'm an atheist and even I don't believe that cr@p. Name them! Who are they?! What have they done? What do the claim?! Are they like me in that they object to BIG Government? Because if they are, that is NOT the same as anti-government. Anti big government is one which completely comports with the values of our Founding Fathers and our Constitution in that big government equals more control over our lives, more laws, more regulation, higher taxes to support the agencies which now must carry out the enforcement of laws etc. Do you not see the difference. If you have any interest in inquiry I hope you pick up a few history books, the Federalist Papers, "American History In Black & White" and "The 5000 Year Leap". You've been brainwashed by the left and believe now verbatim every untruth the Left throws out to stop the voices of fact. You've been duped as I had been for the first 50 years of my life. Now that I know more facts and real history (instead of the created history the Left dishes out) I'm angry as Hell now and am fighting back!

    • TruthWFree

      ufo42, You need to study the Quran, the Hadiths, and the Sira and compare to the Gospels. There is no teaching of violence in the Gospels but you will find plenty in the Quran, Hadiths, and Sira. No Christian can point to the Gospels to justify his violent actions; Muslims can point to the Quran and do so…see what the underpants bomber said in court, Nidal Hasan at Ft Hood, and Osama bin Ladin and others.
      Islamic teachings begat violence against unbelievers…the Gospels do not.

  • dysgenic

    I don't see that radical Islamists are any more insane than evangelical Christians or neocon Jews, or any more violent and terroristic either.

    • KafirDawg

      Then pack your bags and move to the nearest islamonazi state and enjoy the freedoms and liberties not practiced in ANY of them.

  • safetyputts

    BS! In you're first paragraph you state " I know that Iran is not another Iraq." This statement shows that you have not seen the errors of your ways. So STFU!

  • steven L

    Well come to the world of sanity.
    Every Muslim child who has been brainwashed by Islam, from infancy is a potential time bomb except for the one who has had the chance to be exposed to a diversity of opinion and ideas. That is a small minority.
    Other religious organizations have practiced this brainwashing, but today none are massively fanatical and genocidal.

  • http://TarBaby InTheNameOf

    While the framers of the American constitution saw the wisdom separating church and state, realizing the power of any institution of religion ruling a nation is the most direct route to tyranny, they never rejected the reality that a Code of Morality is crucial to underpin the foundations of a just, fair, and free democratic republic. A society devoid of a moral compass is as susceptible to tyranny as the former. The code of human morality the global view has been attempting to build is easily hijacked because it has taken the wrong-minded path of Rome: attempting to absorb and merge “common values” into a singular Moral standard. The framers of America attempted a different way by embracing the Moral Code espoused by Christianity to be the foundation of the fabric of society. This moral foundation was to be guarded against any religious institution asserting claims of political power under the pretext of being the guardian or sole keeper of that moral code.

    Our current President understands this, and because if his progressive, pro-Islamic values is going to continue with his mission of “change.” He is even now putting the Christian value system into a condition of submission by challenging the Catholics–the easiest institution to expose for flawed foundations by merit of its size, power, and the priveleges it has that an Islamic institution does not here. The con is easy because the moral code is being equated with the institution–exactly what our framers tried to prevent. The merging of church and state is the actual equivalence of any religious institution with the moral code. Islam does it, the Catholic church does it, he will say. And they must be given equal treatment under the law, he will say. Checkmate. Welcome to the wonderful world of Islam.

  • http://amerikanbeat.net Joshua Liner

    Eric, you take concern with "what happens to countries when they gain a Muslim majority." Fair enough, but exactly how is that connected to the Murfreesboro (and other contested, American) mosque debate(s)? Are you saying that (a) these worries are already present with the Murfreesboro Muslim community—e.g., they treat women and homosexuals poorly, eschew free speech, etc.? or (b) if they don't now, that they will if and when they "gain a majority" there? And if that's not your worry, what is?

    In other words: *Exactly* how were you "on the wrong side" of the mosque debate in TN? I don't see a difference in your data set; you *always* pointed out the bad things some Muslims do around the world. So what do these same facts (or some new readiness on your part to consider them, or to press them against leftists (or whatever)) indicate to you *now* about the merits of either the mosque construction or the side who opposed the construction? I would think this would be something like the main point of your essay, but it isn't articulated.

    * * *

    Also, your line about "the professor" (who is of course Mike P.) infiltrating and recruiting and mentoring is absolute piss. I would challenge you to state exactly in what this mentoring consists, outside the classroom. What sorts of things has Mike said or done vis-a-vis his ostensible "mentees" which describe an assymetrical relationship? I contend his behavior in that group mirrors the behavior of each of the other "mentees" toward him and toward one another. Maybe if you named one of the mentees you have in mind and specified just how Mike recruited them, and what measures he took toward them which could be described as "taking [him] under his wing." (Funny thing is, I've known Mike for 20+ years and have many times urged him to engage in some traditional mentoring. I think we even fought about it once; it just isn’t his approach.)

    Man, search your heart and see if your charge isn't just a matter of simple ageism. Yes, the guy hangs out with younger folks. He's eccentric that way. But a recruiter-mentor, this doesn't make.

  • http://LechDharma.blogspot.com Lech Dharma

    Welcome to the "Islamaphobe" Club, Eric! The terrifying brilliance of Mohammed's evil genius is how he crafted ISLAM to be a self-propagating, trojan horse virus that transforms a host into an aggressive "carrier" that embraces, defends, and spreads the virus. The only real cure is apostacy.

    Jihadists are using the anti-establishment attitude of young (and old) liberals in this country to advance their global agenda; the term "useful idiots" comes to mind. Kudos to you for stepping out of liberal ideology long enough to realize therampant hypocrisy of the Left when it comes to concepts like free speech and human rights. "Political correctness" is simply "censorship" hidden in a fancy name.

    • http://amerikanbeat.net Joshua Liner

      Let's assume indeed "the only real cure is apostacy." But then, why assume that the American Muslims in question (say, the ones at the heart of Eric's documentary) are *not* apostates–albeit ones who don't realize it? If Islam is essentially sexist, violent, and all the rest, then by definition, those "Muslims" who are not sexist, violent, etc. and do not themselves accept that Islam is sexist, violent, etc., are poor–which is to say, non-, Muslims. Whether or not they mistakenly claim to be authentically Muslim is immaterial; calling oneself a thing doesn't make it so, right? Let us not make a fetish of self-ascriptions.

  • http://LechDharma.blogspot.com Lech Dharma

    True: I "think (if I correctly translated what you wrote). For example: Many people "self-identify" as being "Christian"—on some level—but may not know much about Christian doctrine, or ACT like "true" Christians in thire everyday life. Or, they may be "Sunday Christians", that "talk the talk" on Sundays, but don't "walk the walk" the rest of the week.

    Likewise, there are "good" Catholics and "bad" Catholics, and "good" Jews and "bad" Jews, which mainly has to do with whether they religiously "walking the walk" of their respective theological doctrines. HOWEVER, I imagine that ALL self-identifying Muslims believe that Mohammed was the last true prophet of God (Allah), and that the Quran (as "revelealed" to him by the angel Jibril) is the indisputable Word of God….or else they would call themselves something else.

  • KafirDawg

    It's particularly telling to look at what Tamerlane, the great muslime hero, did in the Indian sub-continent. He had hills made of the skulls of the Hindus he had beheaded. When he was told that it was impossible to transport all the Hindu slaves across the Hindu Kush, he said something like: "Well, I can't release them, because they're kufrs, so kill them all." And so it was, Hindu women, children and men were all slaughtered en-mass. The upward bound on the number of Hindus slaughtered by muslo-nazis is ONE HUNDRED MILLION.

  • ISAIAH5417

    Eric Bell! Dude! You got stones! Kinda like catchin a 70-footer at Mavericks when you never surfed in your life. Damn! What will you do now? And can you answer me this: How do you figure the mosque in Murfreesboro is anything other than a enemy installation? I mean, do you really think Islam is a peaceful religion on any level? The Muslims murdered 3000 of our citizens on our own soil and continue in their attempts to kill as many more of us as they can. Islam is a military org fronting as a religion.

  • ISAIAH5417

    Why should an alien military force in America anywhere be allowed to construct installations that will do nothing but facilitate the promulgation of militant Islam tactics and strategies? Thug bosses of Islam exploit their "peaceful worshippers" in EXACTLY the same way thug Democrats and union bosses of the U.S. Democrat Political Party exploit black people and other minorities. There is no difference between the world-view of a Democrat and a militant Islamicist except that the Islamicist is comfortable with deadly force.

  • ISAIAH5417

    You've decided to ride the tiger Eric Bell. You are to be commended for your courage. However your decision to tolerate the intolerance of Islam in ANY form will get you killed. Islamic treatment of Daniel Pearl and Theo Van Gogh should be clue enough. You are in war whether you want to admit or not and there is no place for fine distinctions when considering the overt and wanton love of death and violence exhibited on a global scale by the devotees of Islam. Wise up or pay the price.

    • KafirDawg

      Salman Rushdie is STILL in hiding, a DECADE after his death fatwah was pronounced. Yet even more bizarre is the fact that he has converted to islam, yet the death fatwah still remains in force. I believe the number of kufrs beheaded in the name of Islam in the 21st century numbers more than a dozen.

  • arnica2007

    I have not read the Koran admittedly, and don't have any intention to any more than I have intention to read the Bible in its entirety, I've read enough. I have a great deal of personal experience with Christianity and I've read enough about the Koran to know I just detest anything that insists the Creative Forces of Life are exclusively male and that the Feminine aspect of the Divine must be oppressed. I disagree with any cultural group that insists on dualism with an 'us and them' approach to spirituality of any sort. We are all part of the same fabric. There is no 'us and them', we are all part of the same spirit. Why are we so insistent on looking at the divine in only one way? All is love and divine, not just male ways or ideals, but women and their energies as well. Anyone who says "God is" one thing and "NOT" something else is very short sighted in their views of the Forces of Life. One doesn't need a book to understand 'God'. Don't get involved with a cult (that includes Christianity and Islam), think for yourself! Thank you very much Eric!

  • Tom Hanks

    Let this be a lesson to never ever get close to any far left organization. They are poison. Now you know.

  • Robert Johnson

    Wow, don’t know if I would have the ba.., no, now that I think of it I wouldn’t, bravo.

  • RandomUK

    There are many of us. We are more numerous, in fact, than the left-wing saps.

    We are those that have nothing against an individual for being Islamic, or against freedom of religion. I, for example, am an atheist married to a Turk, whose family are Muslim in the same way that some of my English family and friends are Christian. We are those that do object to demands by Muslims that others live by their standards. we are those that push back against the violence used to back demands. We are the classic liberals (why do we need to say "classic"? How have an illiberal mob commandeered the word "liberal" for authoritarian socialism?) who want to live and let live, but want to live in reality not a fantasy presented to us by propagandists.

    • KafirDawg

      Anything to say about the authoritative, Islamic hadeeths that call for the worldwide
      extermination of Jews sunshine?

  • http://RevelationsIslam.chickenkiller.com Charles Martel

    You post is now translated in french :
    USA : le prix à payer pour oser dire la vérité sur l'islam http://lebloglaicdechamps.over-blog.com/article-u

    Thanks !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roknrod Rod Russell

    Well and nobly done. Thank you and God be with you. Looking forward to your documentary.

  • http://benfranklinslepthere.blogspot.com Michelle

    As a conservative, all I would ask of progressives would be to look at things with an open mind and consider many sources, which is exactly what Eric did here. Welcome to Juan Williams' world, where you are expected to toe the line and never deviate from the agenda. What I hope for you, Eric, is to continue to seek the truth on this topic and all others no matter where it takes you.

  • Laurence Almand

    Bravo! I am glad that you have had the courage to make a truthful documentary about the fanaticism that is Islam. Like all religions, Islam is nothing more than mythology, perpetrated by brainwashed fanatics who want to dominate everyone. Liberal do-gooders do not seem to realize what a threat Islam is to freedom and democracy. Let's hope that you and other truthful people will continue to shed light on the subject and not be intimidated into compromising your integrity.