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October 2, 2010

Rick Warren: A Shill for Islamic Terrorists?

Topics: Faith, Political News and commentaries

LG_Pastor_DCLA1071.gif"The" Rick Warren, evangelical pastor of the influential Southern California Saddleback Church - a shill for Islamic terrorists? How is this possible? Did Warren vet the other speakers at the event? If he did, like with ISNA's terror-related past, the concerns were willfully ignored. And today, he continues to ignore the problems with ISNA, as a photo of him along with his biography are featured prominently on ISNA's official website, within what the group calls its "Speakers Corner."

FrontpageMag has the story:

A plethora of terror-related individuals surrounds the profile of Pastor Rick Warren on the "Speakers Corner" of the official website of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is fully aware of how he is being portrayed on the site (as this author has had correspondence with his office regarding the matter) but refuses to demand its deletion and offers no apology for its existence. Pastor Warren has become a shill for Islamic terror.

"As-salamu Alaykum. I come to you today deeply humbled and honored by this invitation. I truly mean that. I applaud your courage for inviting an Evangelical pastor. Thank you." This was the opening statement of Rick Warren, the leading pastor of the influential Southern California Saddleback Church, as he stood in front of the attendees of ISNA's 46th Annual Convention in July 2009.

He spoke these words as he stood at the podium emblazoned with ISNA's logo, an image that, for many, is a symbol of terror and stealth jihad.

ISNA is an American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was founded in 1981 by a group of individuals which included the North American leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Sami al-Arian.

In 2007 and 2008, ISNA was named by the United States Justice Department as a willing participant in the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.

All of this and much more had been made public prior to Pastor Warren's invitation to speak at ISNA's convention, but all of it was ignored.

At the convention, Warren's fellow speakers included: Siraj Wahhaj, an "unindicted co-conspirator" of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Zulfiqar Ali Shah, the former South Asia Director of KindHearts, a Hamas fundraising group that was shut down by the FBI in February 2006; and Naeem Muhammad, a U.S. staff member of Islamic Relief, a "charity" that the Israeli government has claimed is a front for Hamas.

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Warren, a useful idiot or a willng shill for radical Islamists - either way, not a good sign of character for the "influential" Southern California Saddleback Church. I can't help but wonder what Warren's "flock" at Saddleback think of his - at the very least - naivety. As a commenter at the article quips, it would seem that Warren suffers from 'JimmyCarterSyndrome' - his lust for publicity is so intense that he will place himself in "any" venue that offers opportunites for for him to put himself forward.

Posted by Richard at October 2, 2010 10:16 AM

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