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PRESIDENT BUSH, November 7, 2002
THE REV. JIMMY SWAGGART, November 10, 2002
THE REV. PAT ROBERTSON, November 11, 2002
PRESIDENT BUSH, November 13, 2002
THE REV. PAT ROBERTSON, November 14, 2002
SEC. OF STATE COLIN POWELL, November 14, 2002


PRESIDENT BUSH

Date: November 7, 2002
Setting: Ramadan Dinner, The White House

Islam is a religion that brings hope and comfort to more than a billion people around the world. It has made brothers and sisters of every race. It has given birth to a rich culture of learning and literature and science. Tonight we honor the traditions of a great faith by hosting this Iftaar at the White House....In hosting tonight's Iftaar, I send a message to all the nations represented by their ambassadors here tonight: America treasures your friendship. America honors your faith."

We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God's call on Abraham. We share your belief in God's justice, and your insistence on man's moral responsibility. We thank the many Muslim nations who stand with us against terror. Nations that are often victims of terror, themselves.

Tonight's Iftaar also sends a message to all Americans: our nation is waging a war on a radical network of terrorists, not on a religion and not on a civilization. If we wage this war to defend our principles, we must live up to those principles, ourselves. And one of the deepest commitments of America is tolerance. No one should be treated unkindly because of the color of their skin or the content of their creed. No one should be unfairly judged by appearance or ethnic background, or religious faith. We must uphold these values of progress and pluralism and tolerance.


THE REV. JIMMY SWAGGART

Date: November 10, 2002
Setting: Sunday service, The Family Worship Center, Baton Rouge, La.


Thank God for that Baptist preacher who stood up and said at a Baptist convention, "I'm going to tell you who Muhammad is: he is a sex pervert, deviant, pedophile who married a 7-year-old girl."

You're not hearing me saints? "What did you say," you ask? The Baptist preacher before thousands said Muhammad was a sex deviant, a pervert, a pedophile. He married a 7-year-old little girl! A little girl, seven years old--that's a pedophile. And, oh, the news went crazy. "Ohhhhhhhh! Hear what he said?"

I don't know who you are, Mr. Preacher, but thank God for you--thank God for a spine that's like a Texas sawlog. Thank God for a heart that beats for Jesus Christ. Thank God for a preacher who will tell the truth without fear, without favor, and without compromising.

I like our President, but he's dead wrong when he says Islam or the Qur'an is a book of love and peace. Mr. President, that has got to be the most asinine, idiotic, ridiculous, utterly ludicrous statement that I've ever heard in my life.

It makes me sick to my stomach. I was at an airport the other day, and they pulled me out of the line. Take off your shoes. I took off my shoes. You want to smell my toes too? Pull off your coat. I pulled off my coat, and they snapped my suspenders. Now, what they ought to be looking for is people with a diaper on their heads and a fan belt around their waste..Isaiah said Israel would come to the place they were ruled by children. He meant men with minds of kids. That's what's happening right now in the United States of America.

You know what we ought to do? We ought to take every single Muslim student in every college in this nation and ship them back to where they came from. And we ought to tell every other Muslim living in this nation, "If you say one word, you're gone. You're gone."


THE REV. PAT ROBERTSON

Date: November 11, 2002
Setting: Christian Broadcasting Network news program

Somehow I wish the Jews in America would wake up, open their eyes and read what is being said about them. This is worse than the Nazis. Adolf Hitler was bad, but what the Muslims want to do to the Jews is worse.

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