California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention


The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance.

The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena started an Interfaith Study Group in 2007 with the Pasadena Jewish Temple and the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), from which MPAC originated. The organization was founded as a branch of ICSC in 1986 and then became independent in 1988, though the two remain intertwined. The ICSC is proud of its interfaith successes. For example, the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica is allowing the ICSC to hold Friday prayers there every week.

The story of MPAC begins with Hassan and Maher Hathout, the former of whom died in 2009. The brothers became active with the Muslim Brotherhood at an early age, with Hassan Hathout saying that its founder, Hassan al-Banna, is “the person who most influenced my life” and that “centuries might roll over before a similar personality is produced.” Maher Hathout was arrested in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood was banned, and released in 1968. Three years later, they moved to Buffalo, New York and went to California to establish the ICSC in 1978.

Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you look objectively you will see that this current civilization harbors in its body the seeds of its own destruction.” The language is very similar to that of a 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategy document where it defines its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” Another U.S. Muslim Brotherhood document from 1989 from its Financial Committee refers to a person with the last name of Hathout as someone “in the field.”

Maher Hathout has served as a senior adviser to MPAC since its beginning at the ICSC in 1986 and is still a spokesman for the mosque. The ICSC recommends the work of Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a senior Brotherhood cleric that supports terrorism, Hamas and preaches a strategy of “gradualism” towards implementing Sharia Law. It also suggests a book on Islamic law called Fiqh-us-Sunnah authored by Brotherhood member Sayyid Saabiq under the guidance of Hassan al-Banna.

In 1998, Maher Hathout defended Hezbollah as “legitimate,” saying they are “fighting to liberate their land.” He also entertains 9/11 conspiracy theories suggesting that the U.S. government is lying about the identities of the hijackers. The current President of MPAC, Salam al-Marayati, likewise said in 1999 that Hezbollah engages in “legitimate resistance.” His immediate response to the 9/11 attacks were to point his finger at Israel.

MPAC’s former Political Director, Mahdi Bray, used to lead the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation. The Muslim American Society is a Brotherhood front. He spoke in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2007 during a visit to Egypt. In March 2004, he condemned the killing of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin as “state-sponsored terrorism.” In 2000, he stood on stage as Abdurrahman Alamoudi, who later was convicted on terrorism-related charges, publicly praised Hamas and Hezbollah. He joined the crowd in their displays of approval.

MPAC’s Policy and Programming Director, Edina Lekovic, was the editor of a Muslim student magazine in the 1990s called Al-Talib. In July 1999, it told Muslims to defend Osama Bin Laden when he’s called a “terrorist” because he’s a “freedom fighter.” By that time, Al-Qaeda had already declared war on the U.S. and bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Al-Talib management also told readers to reject the “twentieth-century version of Islam in the West,” an Islamist theme. Lekovic’s name also appears on an issue from May 1999 alleging that the Holocaust was exaggerated.

In 2003, MPAC stood against the labeling of Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations. In March 2009, demonstrators at an MPAC-sponsored rally chanted in support of Hamas and the elimination of Israel. A policy paper from 2010 titled Building Bridges to Strengthen America treats the Muslim Brotherhood favorably, calling it a “conservative” group that can help the U.S. combat terrorism.

MPAC’s initial reaction to the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas was to accuse Israel of “assassination of Palestinian leaders, destruction of Gazan infrastructure and the gross killings of Palestinian civilians, including women and children.” The statement did not condemn Hamas. Instead, it legitimized the terrorist group by saying Israel is guilty of the “greatest act of violence” and is responsible for the ongoing conflict.

On November 24, MPAC changed its tune a bit in a joint statement with the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative that called on both Israel and Hamas to end their attacks. It said, “There is no excuse for the indiscriminate firing of rockets onto civilians, nor terrorism.”

MPAC explains that the holding of its convention at the All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena is a reflection of its focus on winning allies among other faiths. It boasts of establishing partnerships with the National Association of Evangelicals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Catholic Archdiocese, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Union of Reform Judaism and other faith groups. MPAC and similar groups like the Islamic Society of North America have created an interfaith bloc willing to defend them against Rep. Michele Bachmann and other opponents.

If MPAC’s convention is like past ones, Islamists will again be given a platform to rally Muslims to their cause, but this time, it won’t be in a mosque or a hotel conference room. It’ll be from a church pulpit.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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  • Chezwick

    Muslims borrowing the use of a Christian Church for its conventions is a sign of something very wrong, but in Europe, churches are literally being converted into mosques for lack of parishioners. There is no more poignant metaphor for the tragedy that is unfolding on the Continent.

    • R.C.

      The Episcopal Church is not a Christian church–as their beliefs are not biblical!

      • Mary Sue

        That's what I said. :D

    • Uncle Zee

      It is not only wrong but sacrilegious! Americans watch out! The abomination desolation is starting ib All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. Will a Muslin ever dream of allowing Christian event hold near their mosque talk less of allowing christian event to hold in the mosque., Muslims will EVER work toward peace with Christian. All that Muslims care for is the destruction of Christianity. So native Christians of Pasadena that tolerance movement is paving the way for Christianity to be gradually wiped out in the USA.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Whenever we, as biblical Christians, think that things couldn’t possibly become more preposterous in Christendom, we need to call to mind the Scriptures that tell us that the time will come when Christians will not endure sound doctrine, and many will corrupt the Word of God.

    Chrislam? Christian Palestinianism??
    http://www.thebereancall.org/content/chrislam-chr

    ~ 2 Timothy:4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…" Also, 2 Corinthian 2:17.

    It seems that the apostasy (the undermining of biblical faith to prepare the way for the religion of the Antichrist) is developing at an exponential rate, and contributions are being made through a diversity of unbiblical agendas.

    Today, such teachings and practices are increasing at a staggering rate—practices that range from the patently absurd to the insidious, even menacingly dangerous, both spiritually and physically.

    This is completely in line with the End Times prophecy of a One World Religion.

    • Wildman

      This church remind me of a Chicken inviting Col. Sanders into the Chicken Coup, to take hi ick of the chickens. Muslimsare not Christans. They hate Christans TheMuslim Brother Hood, peaeful? Aything but peaceful.They support Hamas, Hezbolla, Iran, Egypt, the Sdan, and many, many more Muslim Country's, look what they are doing to Christans, and how they ar burning down Christan churches. hey are at war with none believers of the Muslim religion.

  • Mary Sue

    Episcopalians are liberal idiots. ' Nuff said.

  • Gene W 1938

    please see the one page proof that God authored the Bible. Then compare any other book to the Bible and you should be convinced that they worship a fallen angle … cast from heaven … and not God.

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    • dude911

      Just research the Satanic Verses. If you follow scripture at all, you should know that any wanna-be prophet who makes a statement and attributes it to G-d, but the statement didnt come from G-d, is not a prophet.

      Mohammad claimed that Satan gave him words, which he presumably spoke as recived from G-d. This is solid, you dont need to delve into the controversy of the Satanic Verses, the simple entry in the Koran is sufficient to determine the nature of who mohammad really is.

      Its in the koran;
      "Never sent We a messenger or a prophet before thee but when He recited (the message) Satan proposed (opposition) in respect of that which he recited thereof. But Allah abolisheth that which Satan proposeth. Then Allah establisheth His revelations. Allah is Knower, Wise;" (22:52)

      The koran itself testifies that mohammad is a false prophet, "reciting the message satan proposed"…and that is all we need to know.

  • Gene W 1938

    The link for that proof is http//:jc.does-it.net

  • Gene W 1938
  • jakespoon

    "It won't be very long,'til Jesus shall appear, It won't be very long,that day is drawing near. Will you be ready then to meet the Ransomed Throng, Get ready for that day,It won.t be very long."

  • patsjc

    What is the matter with the Episcopal Church in Pasadena? Are they a bunch of idiots?

    • Mary Sue

      They're all a bunch of idiots, it's not confined to the Little Old Lady from Pasadena.

    • karl anglin

      So many people in America want to show how
      tolerant they are, they are all too willing to let
      Muslims get away with anything. They view
      Islam as “just another lifestyle choice”.

    • MountainHiker

      Politically correct insanity, the Episcopal Church in Pasadena appears to have decided to toss away the Bible and invite those who are against God to take over their pulpit…being inclusive is what they call it. Instead of keeping the rattlesnake at arms length, they pick up the snake and hold it close so it will not be offended. Only one outcome for them.

  • Logan

    Allowing Satan's "religion" in their Christian church? Fools! Submitting to those who would persecute or kill you for your religion ( and are in many places in the middle east on a daily basisi) is not what is meant by the Golden Rule or "turn the other cheek". Tolerance is supposed to go both ways, NOT one way. Some people would function better if they removed their heads from their nether orifices.

  • Lady_Dr

    The Episcopla Church overthrew Christianity a long time ago. Now all that exist of it is a high end fashion show ever Sunday or the social justice crowd.

  • richard ahern

    Read the word of God-Christian Church follows biblical teaching-Read it-We are approching the end of days- Isaiah 9:10 Harbinger This Country must repent and ask for for Gods Mercy chronicles 7:14

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  • drivesguy

    Since the Episcopal church in America followed suit with the Anglican Church in England adopting the corruption homosexual unions calling those abominations blessings. (Leviticus chapter 20), one has to wonder why observant Muslims would have anything to do with any organization that condones such activity.

    That being said, I have to suspect that the reason for this hodown is because the Episcopal church has long since abandoned the principals of the Bible. Samuel Wesley and John Newton would be shocked if they were alive to see this.

  • Bran Edwards

    Here's what the Koran says: "O Believers! take not the Jews or Christians as friends." (Sura 5:56). "Infidels now are they who say, 'God is the Messiah, Son of Mary;' for the Messiah said, 'O children of Israel! worship God, my Lord and your Lord.' Whoever shall join other gods with God, God shall forbid him the Garden, and his abode shall be the Fire…. They surely are Infidels who say, 'God is the third of three:' for there is no God but one God…. The Messiah, Son of Mary, is but an Apostle; other Apostles have flourished before him…" (Sura 5:76-77, 79). "…kill those who join other gods with God wherever ye shall find them…" (Sura 9:5; Rodwell translation & verse numbering).

    • TruthWFree

      You are correct in your post. The Quran says that Jesus was not God and that allah has no sons. The Gospels attest that Jesus said he was "One with the Father" and that "you have seen me, you have seen the Father", so the Quran lies against the Gospels. The statement that allah has no sons is correct as allah is not the Father of Jesus or the God of Abraham. Jesus does say that Satan is the father of all lies, so allah is Satan or Muhammad made it up to suit his pupose. I think the allah/Satan thing is more likely since the religion/ideology has gone on for 1400 years. The other unholy Quranic contradiction is that the violent teaching in the Quran is 180 degrees opposite Christ's teaching of love and forgiveness.

  • Ghostwriter

    In the article,there's a quote that reads "America needs Islam." I say,no,not really.

  • bill

    Islam is an authoritarian, violent uncivil and pre medieval reigious, social and political fraud. Or as Churchill stated about Islam: "the world's most retrograde force." Sadly, American secularists like Hillary Clinton, O'Bama, Susan Rice and the Democrat Party share more deference for the hostility of Islam to the Frist Amendment than to the freedoms expressed and guaranteed therein. Ironically it was the Christians and the liberals in Egypt who found the Islamic authoritarianism of the new Egyptian Constitution repugnant, while the western secualrist/nehilists like the Democrat party can only condemn any "insult" (i.e. criticism) of Islam.

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  • Gloria Stewart

    All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena has a history of accomodating groups like MPAC. The former Rector, George Regas, was among the first to take part in interfaith alliances with Muslims, particularly with the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC). He has founded his own institute which has as one of its goals to counteract the influence of what he terms the radical right.

    The church also hosted a few years ago a convention of Sabeel, a pro Palestinian, anti Israel group located in Jerusalem.

    Shortly after the "Arab Spring" began the ICSC held a panel discussion. The moderator, Jihad Turk, spoke of the Muslim Brotherhood as "we", though he is a man probably half as old as Dr. Maher Hathout.
    Another speaker , Mark Levine from UC Irvine, said that he had been in Egypt recently and that the Muslim Brotherhood was not the same organization it used to be. No one should fear them. The members are young and not afraid to argue with their elders. They read from many sources including non Islamic ones.

    You think that Muslims have no sense of humor. When Dr. Hathout speaks at gatherings and mentions that he left Egypt, there is polite laughter and snickering throughout the room. "Left" is not the operative term.

  • Arius

    All Saints in Pasadena was our family church. It's the church I grew up in. First they were taken over by the homosexual lobby, and now they are in league with Muslims. For me personally this is horrible, disgusting.

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  • poetcomic1

    The Episcopal Church or American branch of the Church of England was founded by Henry VIII (of wife-murdering face-stuffing fame) so he could marry his favorite 'flavor of the month'. Its been downhill ever since. I do understand he had higher motives as well – replenishing his exhausted treasuries by looting every Catholic church, Abbey and church-run hospital, orphanage etc. in the land.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California"

    This church maintains zero semblance of biblical veracity. Their goal today, however, is far more ambitious as it seeks to join with taking dominion over the religious world. – as well as their social and political interests.

    • Chad S.

      I hate to change the subject by asking a technical question, but how does one change to Greek or Italics when typing in the FPM comment box?

  • jacob

    I believe in freedom of speech and worship but I will be damned if I will allow anybody, to push
    their ideas down my throat….

    By the way, I was sent an email stating the administration issued a one dollar coin on which the
    caption "IN GOD WE TRUST " is missing…
    The sender claims having gotten it as change at a post office
    When he refused it, the clerk just told him/her :
    "I UNDERSTAND"….!!!
    If this is true, what in the hell is going on at our backs in this country ????
    Who in the hell authorized it ????
    Is this an issue that can be authorized by a simple clerk at the Treasury Dept. or whichever money
    issuance is its business ???
    Rest assured the abject, servile and sold out media is not going to say anything about.
    If anything, it will do every possible effort to sweep it under the rug…. like until now…!!!

  • JacksonPearson

    Muslims will show their appreciation by building a mosque on top of this church. /Sarc

  • zionit

    Blimey – it sounds like it has been a sacred space for a long time, but people should realise that ANYWHERE a muslim prays is considered from that point on to belong to them by 'right' of there deity. a while ago across Europe the was a ploy by muslims of showing up at a local church and asking permission to pray there – useful idiots began allowing friday afternoonprayers – for that time, taking down crucifixes and the like as not to offend the delicate sensibilites of their enemies.

    St Paul said: Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Be'lial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols?

    and muslim triumphalism creeps on

  • watsa46

    Californians are promoting the control of the state by Muslims. CA dream is coming true slowly but surely. Once extreme liberalism will revert to extreme Islamic conservatism. Then time will come to say: A''''H is great and the whole of California will rejoice. It will be part of the Caliphate.

  • karl anglin

    One thing that Muslims had better understand.
    The USA is a nation of gun owners. If they try
    to continue to force Islam down America's
    collective throat, the repercussions will be severe.

  • albert

    it is unfortunate. I am Indonesian christian and all church here are under presecution when we want to expand.
    But you open your church door to this allah worship and claim we are worship the same God.
    All their want is raise a new caliph,starting with middle east end to the west.
    It is sharia all they want.
    And if it success, they will supress all other religion.
    Most christian not aware of their movement.
    Wake up christian all over USA.
    Wake up Catholic, leave your unpurities,and make coalition with christian.
    If we stand with the bible, quran will never judge us.
    It is our freedom that they judge.
    We live like atheist,never read bible,attending church,but we are eager to learn quran and their initiative.

    • TruthWFree

      God Bless you, Albert. I have often said that you Christians in Muslim lands have the greatest faith in Christ because of what you have to endure under Islamic rule. Christ did say that we His followers would be insulted and hated because of Him. I will pray for you and the followers of Christ everywhere is hold fast to their faith for Christ's promised reward in Heaven. May the peace of the Lord jesus be with you and your family.

  • armyguy1

    Even hitler knew that for socialism to succeed he would have to remove christianity from society & strange thing about socialism/communism they both need to crush christianity before they can cease control of a nation. The american progressives working with athiest groups want all symbols of christianity removed & a athiest country but socialists are always fond if islam because that religion will conform to big government the middle east is a great example of dictator heaven. Hitler hated christians too but was fond of islam & obama has the same attitude towards christians.

  • Janet

    Once you let the fox into the hen house you know what's going to happen. Bedlam. Don't allow it America. The brotherhood are not our friends. They plan to infiltrate our country bring Shari Law in and take away our freedom. Wake up America. Protect your country. Don't be naive . Keep the fox out of the hen house.

  • TeriquaJones

    People of California.. re-think who you give up your churches to. What this All Saints Church considered an interfaith study group actually enables Muslims access to American Christians. DON'T GET TOO COZY WITH THIS!! This Muslim group is attempting to introduce Americans to the teaching of the Muslim religion. Eventually, recruiting weak Christians to embrace muslim believes. This is just a start of what they call “gradualism” eventually converting the country to Muslims and implementing Sharia Law.
    Be afraid.

  • abel

    It is time for those that love the “ord to cry for America. I think deep darkness has fallen upon the land. We need back the days of the 6inney,s. May God bring back light upon you. Your churches are blind and Icabod.

  • TruthWFree

    The Quran says that Jesus was not God and that allah has no sons. The Gospels attest that Jesus said he was "One with the Father" and that "you have seen me, you have seen the Father", so the Quran lies against the Gospels. The statement that allah has no sons is correct as allah is not the Father of Jesus or the God of Abraham. Jesus does say that Satan is the father of all lies, so allah is Satan or Muhammad made it up to suit his pupose. I think the allah/Satan thing is more likely since the religion/ideology has gone on for 1400 years. The other unholy Quranic contradiction is that the violent teaching in the Quran is 180 degrees opposite Christ's teaching of love and forgiveness.

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