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What will a mosque do to your town? Pat Robertson tells us

His explanation happens at the end of this video…

And apparently, according to Pat Robertson, if you give Muslims an inch they will demand foot-washings five times a day in restaurants all over town…

Unbelievable.

What they don’t tell you is that Nashville and the surrounding areas has one of the largest populations of Iraqi citizens in the United States. The Muslims here only desire a place to worship.

Found at Christian Nightmares.



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KatR

posted August 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm


I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a Muslim in this country right now. I’d be terrified to leave my house.



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Leanne

posted August 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm


So Muslims are creating large mosques in rural areas….Boston, Atlanta, Portland, Brooklyn, Nashville, Memphis are rural areas? They have a different definition of rural than I do.

“If the Gospel is strong, you don’t have to worry about Islam” So since Pat is worrying about Islam, what does that say about his view of the Gospel?



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David

posted August 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm


Did Pat really say at the end that his was the “modern view” of the world?!



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Joe Crenshaw

posted August 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm


I live in one of the largest Muslim populations outside of Asia and Muslims do demand things that change the culture of the area. Here in Detroit-Dearborn they demand and have gotten:

Football practices at night during Ramadan
Ha’Lal style meals in schools
Requests to take pictures wearing Hijabs and other requests. Pat is a wacko, but we do make adjustments for them.

Asjudfgme



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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted August 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm


    We get it, Joe: you don’t like Muslims.

    In the future, we’ll assume.
    :)



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      Silica

      posted August 23, 2010 at 6:50 am


      See, and I looked at all of those and thought they were reasonable requests. I mean, I get to take off Good Friday and other Christian holidays and during Lent I was assured of a vegetarian or fish option (more than the usual) on Fridays at school.

      Jewish kids could take off for their holy days, too, and they had access to kosher food.

      Seems fine to me.



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        Leanne

        posted August 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm


        My thoughts exactly, Silica. Our culture has for so long been shaped by Christian culture. There was a time in our history when no store would be opened on Sunday so anyone outside of the Christian faith were not even given the option of shopping on Sunday.
        Grocery stores in my area have delis which must cater to the Kosher regulations of the Jewish faith. They have a kosher slicer or have to tear a slicer apart and wash it before they serve a customer.
        We have made others adjust to us and have adjusted ourselves to others. Its called being a community.



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Jonathan Elliot

posted August 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm


Sigh. I don’t even want to watch that video.

Thought I’d share this link, which I’ve just come across

Muslims speak out against terrorism
http://facts-not-fear.blogspot.com/2007/04/muslims-speak-out-against-terrorism.html

Hope this is ok

Jonathan



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Brian

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm


I grew up in Mufreesboro and went to the same Church of Christ with the Mayor, Ernest Burgess. I’m very impressed with his responses in this clip. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, by the ignorance of the community. I do understand the fears, but in reality most Muslims just want normal lives like the rest of us, without any underlying intentions. They’ve been living in the Nashville area for years and obviously have reached the point where they need more room to worship, just like many Christian congregations. We have mega-churches all over Nashville and people of all faiths, so I have a hard time understanding completely the hatred against the Muslim community.



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Ryan Rushing

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm


Ugh, Pat. Please, just stop it.

Christians should see this as an opportunity. We longer have to go overseas to tell people about the Gospel! I hate long plane trips anyway.

This is so ridiculous. You can replace the word “Islam” with “Christianity” and “Muslims” with “Christians” and this video still makes complete sense.

Somebody, please get this fool off the air. HE JUST KEEPS TALKING



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Adam

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm


So..umm..Freedom of religion only applies if you are of the christian religion.

That’s it – I want Pat Robertson in a cage match.



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Price Edwards

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:45 pm


I really can’t watch him without thinking of the Starvin’ Marvin South park. I don’t think it is a “strategy” to build big Mosques where there are people that want to use it. We have plenty of megachurches in Memphis, but I have never heard it referred to as a “strategy”. When will Christians start being the ones pushing against the status quo not reinforcing it?



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Ian

posted August 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm


Merry Old England has recently had a massive increase in it’s Muslim population, especially in urban areas.

At worst, there are language difficulties. At best, the constantly-changing culture of Britain gets a fresh new perspective.

It really isn’t the end of the world.



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    Silica

    posted August 23, 2010 at 6:52 am


    That’s my perspective, too about what’s happening in the States. Having an opportunity to learn more about people who are different is undoubtedly a good thing.

    Though I understand that some British people are throwing out the same ridiculous arguments you find over here…



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Dianna

posted August 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm


Wait, wait, wait. 200 people constitutes a MEGA-Mosque?

Wow, and here I thought 200 people was a relatively small size for a house of worship, especially when it comes to areas like Nashville and Memphis. Apparently their definitions are shifting on a lot of things: “rural” in this clip has no definition I’ve ever heard of, and the “bribery” Robertson talks about at the end is just plain bull.

Why isn’t anyone getting sued for libel and slander with these sorts of things? Robertson just implied that these Muslims are committing a crime, and the politicians in the area are as well by accepting a bribe. And it sounds like he actually believes it!



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Carole Turner

posted August 22, 2010 at 8:57 pm


This entire segment was disturbing but what I find extra interesting is the comments about how Christian churches get refused building permits. I work in the inner city of Baton Rouge Louisiana, An area that has the highest juvenile crime rate in our state and there is a Christian church on every corner.It’s actually bizzare how many churches there are. Do we really need more church buildings?

The church I attend cost 30 million dollars yet, CBN is putting lots of inflections on the words “10 million dollar mega islamic center”. Shoot, 10 million is NOTHING in Mega Church world. Just look up how many Mega churches there are around our country that cost WELL over 20 million.

I know, we have had it free and easy in America. We proudly stood on our moral high ground, calling ourselves a Christian nation simply because Republicans said prayers in the White House and fought against abortion. But we are not a Christian nation, we are a free country where every religion has the right to build a place of worship if they want.

Nothing about the reaction of Pat Robertson or CBN is “Christian” if you ask me. They should be going to visit these Muslim’s, mow their lawn, visit their widows, reach out to them in love, not fear their places of worship.

I get SO frustrated with big time Republican Christianity that only reacts. We are called to go, love, spread the GOOD news of Jesus. If I were a Muslim, watching all this coverage of Masque freak outs, I would think Christians are just fear mongering titty babies.

We have to stop all this crazy talk and start getting to know our Muslim neighbors. Love them.

Sorry, got carried away.



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    ShariCakes

    posted August 23, 2010 at 5:46 am


    It’s ok :-) I agreed with a lot of it. Here in Whitehall, PA we have an Islamic Center right across the road from the Korean Church. As far as I know no wars have been started :-). It’s all good.



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      Silica

      posted August 23, 2010 at 6:54 am


      Whitehall! I live in Dormont!

      It’s such a small world. :)



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Chris

posted August 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm


Dear Pat Robertson,

Please just stop speaking and retire to your mcmansion.

Thanks,
Chris

What I do find interesting is how, if true, they got the approval so much faster than other religious facilities in the city.



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Don Ryan

posted August 23, 2010 at 6:58 am


Pat Robertson has done more to impede the cause of Christ than any 100 Islamic Centers. He really needs to go away.



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Matthew Rehlinger

posted September 7, 2010 at 3:41 am


This is why I stay up into the wee hours of the morning. I head out at 6 am to the mcDonalds down the road, order some mcmuffins, then sit down at the table and watch Fox News in the morning which everyone in my community loves so much. I know its not as extreme as the 700 club, but it’s still pretty entertaining to watch what’s on the screen and know that all the people at their tables are probably eating it all up like the food on their trays, and I’m appalled, but I’m smiling, because it feels like freedom to know you aren’t ignorant.

Anyway I worked at a Walmart in St. Paul a few years back, and there was a security guard there that I liked to say hey to whenever I saw him, he was a nice guy and I never saw him not enjoying his job, which was an encouragement for me because some nights it got long. it helped to know that if someone else can smile through it, well, maybe i can find the patience to smile through it, just like him. Anyway after working their for a few months in the toy department, I was filling up some of those large inflatable balls behind a counter in the back of the store, and I saw him walking over. he noticed me, waved over the sound of the loud machine pumping air into the slowly inflating plastic, and after some time mustered the strength to ask me that question that I could tell by the nervousness in his voice that he didn’t want to ask me.

“Can I pray there, behind the counter? It will only take a few minutes, but I don’t want to get in the way of your work if it’s a hassle.” It took me only a split second to respond with a big smile, “Not at all, take all the time you need! I can come back later man, it’s really no big deal at all.” And I’ll never forget his smile, and the way it made me feel to have that one minuscule opportunity to show respect to someone who didn’t believe in the same god I do. I’d have gotten him a rug if I had thought it wouldn’t have a offended him, and at the time, like most Americans, I didn’t know enough about Muslim culture. I still don’t.

I just know that that is a problem.

We don’t know enough. It’s just easier to be afraid, and so that’s the route for us as a country. The fact is, Christians here, and I’m one of them, spend more time honoring their tvs than their god. period. it’s amazing how afraid we become to meet people who actually are dedicated to their god when we spend so much of our time pretending to be dedicated when really we watch tv specials about how these people from this culture are to be feared, and I guess i would be intimidated too if people from a religion that actually belonged to their god came into my country and made me have to evaluate myself. then again, maybe that’s what we all need. my god we’re all too content with being ignorant. really too content in general. anyway, it’s getting closer and closer to that time, and I’m hungry, so I’m gonna finish here and get ready for breakfast sandwiches. have a goodnight everyone, no matter what you believe in.



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