Robertson Calls Islam a Religion of Violence, Mayhem

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By Alan Cooperman

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, February 22, 2002; Page A02

Television evangelist Pat Robertson yesterday described Islam as a violent religion bent on world domination, drawing immediate protests from American Muslims.

Robertson, one of the most powerful figures on the religious right, made the remarks on his Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club." In mid-September, he and fellow evangelist Jerry Falwell sparked controversy by suggesting on the same show that abortionists, feminists, gays and liberal groups were partly responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

After a segment yesterday on the political views of Muslims in America, the announcer, Lee Webb, turned to Robertson and asked: "As for the Muslim immigrants, Pat, it makes you wonder, if they have such contempt for our foreign policy why they'd even want to live here?"

"Well, as missionaries possibly to spread the doctrine of Islam," Robertson answered. "But, ladies and gentlemen, I have taken issue with our esteemed president in regard to his stand in saying Islam is a peaceful religion. It's just not. And the Koran makes it very clear, if you see an infidel, you are to kill him."

Robertson added that "the fact is that our immigration policies are now so skewed to the Middle East and away from Europe that we have introduced these people into our midst and undoubtedly there are terrorist cells all over them."

Islam, he concluded, "is not a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can control, dominate and then if need be destroy."

Hussein Ibish, communications director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, called Robertson's remarks "truly outrageous."

"We know the word for this. This is called anti-Semitism," Ibish said. ". . . It's a resurgent anti-Semitism with the word 'Muslims' instead of the word 'Jews.' "

2002 The Washington Post Company

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I'm not a big fan of Pat Robertson but he is right on the money with this statement.

We need to get all of these fuckers out of the United States. They can leave on their feet or in body bags.....don't give a shit one way or the other.

Better yet, I know of a great retirement site in Northern Georgia that can handle a 'few more'.

-- So (cr@t.es), February 22, 2002

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"I'm not a big fan of Pat Robertson but he is right on the money with this statement.

We need to get all of these fuckers out of the United States. They can leave on their feet or in body bags.....don't give a shit one way or the other.

Better yet, I know of a great retirement site in Northern Georgia that can handle a 'few more'."

Sheeez, what's it like being an ignorant, intolerant, self-centered, bigoted bastard? I think you'd be happier over at the Olson forum with all the other paranoid idiot rednecks like and Invar and Zog.

-- (Archie@Bunker.lives), February 22, 2002.


Does this mean we are now going to take "freedom of religion" off of the constitution along with the freedom of speech and the rest of the rights that have been eroding since that unamerican administration was corruptly put in place?

-- Cherri (jessam5@home.com), February 23, 2002.

Cherri, please explain to us how your freedom of speech has been infringed on.

-- Dr. Pibb (dr.pibb@zdnetonebox.com), February 23, 2002.

For the life of me, I'll never understand why parents would name a daughter Cherri? I can handle Sherry or Sherri, but Cherri. It's hard enough to keep the boys off the old doorstep anymore and out of your daughters pants, but when you name her cherry you are insighting excitement and expectations that the old man might not give a shit and the shotgun is unloaded and locked in the closet.

-- Boswell (fundown@thefarm.net), February 23, 2002.

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