A Florida Megachurch Pastor’s Islamist Associations

Pastor Joel C. Hunter of Florida’s Northland Church is under fire for his stance against the state’s proposed legislation based on American Laws for American Courts. He chose a peculiar individual to help make his case: Atif Fareed, former chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida.

The influence of Pastor Hunter is not to be dismissed. His church’s congregation numbers around 15,000 and he sits on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Evangelical Alliance. He has served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and remains a “spiritual advisor” to him.

Hunter opposes the legislation, which is designed to stop foreign law from superseding American law, because he sees it as an “unnecessary law that increases bias and heightens animosity between Christians and Muslims.” Although it is often described as “anti-Shariah” legislation, it doesn’t mention Shariah or Islam. It is focused on all foreign law.

The Florida Family Association went into action when Hunter asked Atif Fareed, a former chairman of the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), to read a statement to the Florida Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability for him. CAIR was labeled an unindicted co-conspirator in the country’s largest terrorism-finance trial and was listed among “individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee and/or its organizations.” The Palestine Committee is a secret Brotherhood body set up to support the Hamas agenda in America.

Fareed was interrogated by the FBI for three hours in 2004, but he has provided sensitivity training to FBI agents since then. He was a representative for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group founded by Brotherhood ideologues, and was involved in a rally to defend Sami al-Arian, a convicted Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader. He is the chairman of American Muslim Community Centers, which has a facility in the same city as Hunter’s church.

The organization’s bylaws state that if it were to be dissolved, its assets are to be distributed to the “North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) or another recognized National non-profit Islamic organization.” NAIT, like CAIR, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation and is listed as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategic memorandum, which describes its work as a “kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within,” lists NAIT as one of its fronts.

“I am not aligning myself with CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood, or any other Muslim organization. I am not for Shariah or any other foreign law to compete with our Constitution,” Hunter said after the controversy began.

Though Hunter insists the legislation is not necessary, the Center for Security Policy has compiled 50 instances where Shariah-based legislation from 16 countries influenced the court case. As the American Public Policy Alliance explains, unclear state law has resulted in “the courts and the litigants hav[ing] repeatedly failed to recognize that granting comity to a foreign judgment may be at odds with our state and federal constitutional principles…”

The website has 10 cases where American-Muslim court cases where there was conflict between American law and Shariah-based foreign law. The results are as follows: “In cases 1-3, the Appellate Courts upheld Shariah law; in cases 4-7, the Trial Courts upheld Shariah, but the Appellate Courts reversed (protecting the litigant’s constitutional rights); in cases 8-10, both Trial and Appellate Courts rejected the attempts to enforce Shariah law.”

Hunter’s view of himself as a rival of “Christian Zionists”  may help explain his relationship with Fareed, who said in 2002, “[Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon is a warmonger and only the United States can stop him.”

“There is a part of the evangelical family, which is what I call Christian Zionists, who are just so staunchly pro-Israel that Israel and their side can do no wrong, and it’s almost anti-biblical to criticize Israel for anything. But there are many more evangelicals who are really open and seek justice for both parties,” Hunter said in 2007.

In his March 2012 newsletter, Hunter spoke at the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference put together by Palestinian Christians at Bethlehem Bible College. An article posted on Hunter’s website reports how the audience, including students from Wheaton and Eastern Universities, “were moved by the testimony of Palestinian men and women who shared the pain and suffering they experience on a daily basis caused primarily by the continuing occupation.”

The Bethlehem Bible College’s President, Dr. Bishara Awad, is an “old friend” of the executive director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding, who attended the conference.

As we documented when the group held an event at Wheaton College, Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding’s objective is to battle Christian Zionism, which it accuses of seeking to trigger Armageddon. Its former director even spoke at an American Muslims for Palestine convention full of Islamist speakers linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

When groups like CAIR talk about interfaith engagement, they are talking about political coalition-building. For Islamists, the true test of one’s tolerance is their willingness to join their campaigns.

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

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  • Mary Sue

    oh great another reverend wright clone.

    BTW sort of on the same lines, there's a meme out there of "Muslim women against FEMEH" (FEMEH being an organization that is trying to "free" women in Islam from oppression and head scarves). Some are women in full burka going "Forgot to be oppressed, too busy being awesome" (and with the tag Muslimah Pride. How exactly they're being awesome, escapes me). But what I found interesting about it was the number of pictures of said opponent muslim women who mentioned the word "Naked" in their signs protesting against FEMEH. Does nobody think critically on the internet? And how much longer before their definition of "naked" (ie without headscarf or burka) will be pushed into American Law (or North American Law)?

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough," (Gal. 5:9)

    He espouses ecumenicalism and delivered the closing benediction on the final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he believes in the global warming hoax, advocates gay marriage and abortion. – Essentially the man is an undiscerning wolf among the flock.

    It takes very little poison to harm someone. A few drops of arsenic added to a drink can kill, even though the majority of the drink is fine. So too with false teaching. It isn't the majority of the good stuff that that is a concern. It is the small amount of error. Some error does not affect one's salvation, but others do.

    •"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world," (1 John 4:1).

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    HOWEVER you slice it, multi-culti psychosis, aka "interfaith dialogue", is destroying the west, as Islamists infiltrate and penetrate, with few the wiser. In the forefront stands so called "liberal" pastors and their gaggle of helpmates.
    Haven't they learned their requisite lessons: it is impossible to "dialogue" with those who seek to implant Sharia Law & this IS their plan. Therefore, http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/13/islam-blood-a

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • 77patriot

    Evangelical is another word the Left corrupted so as to take away it's meaning. By their fruits you will know them. This "church" is evidence of that.

  • geneww1938

    There is a huge difference between a "Biblical church and leaders" and the rest of the world's religions and leaders. The first believes, teaches and preaches the Bible without add-on or modifications and attempt to be obedient to God alone.

    The others use whatever to create followers and they think they are faithfully serving their god.

  • ladyinwaiting2012

    I say lets pinch the rogue pastors on the check and if they respond: "yell"—>"Hey Sheeple RETURN to Christ and STOP sending HIS sheep over the cliff!"

  • Sky Soldier

    This does NOT surprise me one bit since the guru of the so-called emergent church movement, Rick Warren, also plays with fire by saddling up to the Roman Catholic cult and Islamic clerics. Warren even invited an Islamic cleric into his mega-church in SoCal. It WILL BE the liberal mainstream denominations and liberal evangelicals, and the RC cult which will merge with Muslims and other cult religions to form a universalist (all ways lead to God) one-world religion in these last days. It is very near and they will be the ones joining with atheists and secular humanists to persecute the true Church of Jesus. Maranatha! Come Jesus, come quickly!

  • Rev. Roy

    It appears that everyone who comes into contact with Obama comes away with a distinctive "stench" that cannot be cleansed or "white-washed" away.I detect a bit of "sulphur" in that stench as well. He exudes the rotting smell of MORAL DECAY so good advice would suggest that all beware and avoid any association with this Whitehouse CANCER until the Lord removes him when He is done using him.
    Harsh, maybe. True, yes. Can anyone come up with a better plan to destroy the mightiest nation that ever existed, without firing a shot ? Yet !!!!
    Rev. Roy….<><

  • catherineinpvb

    Why is the city; where this Church and Pastor are located, not included. (Did I miss it?) The 'where'; seems fairly relevant here. This teaser is offerred: He is the chairman of American Muslim Community Centers, which has a facility in the same city as Hunter’s church. So; okay; 'where; or just 'what' city in Florida? And why is this offered w/o mention of name? (These stories go 'round the world' on the net; location is pertinent; no?)

    That said; an altogether pathetic PC influenced, misjudgment and values displacement MO. Hope Pastor Joel wakes up soon; or someone shakes him loose from his 'sleep'; before more damage done here. Perhaps he needs to read 'Frontpagemag.com' every day; along with Jihad Watch. ..and Atlas Shrugs. . .America is so long past, the luxury of suffering fools. Everyone, must help; 'stop the madness' – of willful ignorance.

    • LibertarianToo

      You read my mind : Oviedo, Mount Dora and Longwood. So essentially three locations in growing areas of North-central FL.

  • Dr.Ciro De Rosa

    Why in the world anyone with a modicum of moral sense even attend these " Get Christianity like a buffet. Like some of this; don't like some of that; maybe a little of this and that "Churches".These "pastors" are charlatins who gouge the masses for donations and live like kings on the backs of misinformed folks.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    A "Christian" pastor wants fairness on both sides between God and Satan.

    We want to be fair you know.

  • Alan K

    This letter was sent to Scott Maxwell, Rev. Joel Hunter, and the Orlando Sentinel. True to form none of the accusers would put their money where their mouths are:

    Pro Islamic Jihadi’s Crusade Kills Basic Decency

    In response to Scott Maxwell’s, 4/3 Taking Names, column I was disturbed someone would threaten Rev. Joel Hunter and his family in such a specific manner. I hope Rev. Hunter reported this threat to the FBI and they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    Its ponderous to me how a facially neutral bill that does not contain the words Shariah, Islam, or Muslim has been hijacked by hyperactive Islamist activists who are falling all over themselves to achieve that holy grail of victimhood status.

    “Common sense” and “Sensible people” are still in Florida but it depends on the political prism you view them from.

    Fact: Similar bills have become law and passed the Constitutionality test in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, and Kansas.

    Fact: There are at least 50 court cases involving certain specific foreign laws in recent court cases.

    I will donate $1,000 to any charity Scott Maxwell chooses if Rev. Hunter can show me where wording in the actual bill is “rooted in bias”. If Rev. Hunter can not prove this manufactured “bias” then he can donate $1,000 to Operation 300 which provides a week long camp experience for the children of fallen soldiers.

    This bill protects a woman's right to “due process” using American laws in family court matters. What argument could anyone come up with to oppose that?

    Alan Kornman

  • popseal

    This DHIMMI will get top billing sooner or later from the Three Monkey Media.

  • TruthWFree

    I wrote the misguided man an email.


    Mr. Hunter,

    I have been made aware of your opposition to the ALAC law in Florida concerning foreign laws not allowed in our courts which are contrary to our Constitution and Constitution based laws.

    I have to inquire if you are aware that Islamic Sharia Law allows wife beating, stoning for adultery, and death for apostates among other barbaric niceties. I also have to inquire if you are aware that the Quran (the word of the Islamic allah), says that Jesus never said He was the Son of God and that He did not die on the cross. These Quran statements lie against the Gospels (written 700 years before the Quran) and you are supposed to be a preacher of the Gospels of Jesus Christ? The Quran also says that allah has no sons, which I agree with, since allah is not the God of Abraham and/or Father of Jesus. If you believe Islam has merit as a religion, then you need to resign your position and become a Muslim. The hateful and violent teachings of Islam are 180 degrees opposite the teachings of love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.


  • TruthWFree


    Have you read Quran Sura 9-5, verse of the Sword, slay the pagans?…or 9-29, fight people of the book (Bible, Christians and Jews) until they are subdued?…or 5-51, make not friends of Christians and Jews?…or 2-193, fight until the religion is supreme?…plus many more? You need to study Islam and make a decision as to who to follow…the lies in the Quran…or Jesus Christ, the TRUTH, the WAY, and the LIFE.

    Muslims who kill at Ft. Hood and fly planes into buildings are following these hateful violent teachings in the Quran…so is the persecution of Christians and non Muslims in Muslim lands.

    Jesus did not mince words concerning evil. He said Satan is the father of all lies. Islam is full of lies about the Gospels and its teachings are evil and contrary to Christ's teachings.

    You are enabling evil. Reconsider your misguided position and undo the harm you have done.