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Saleem Finds More Suckers in Houston

Kamal Saleem, one of several fake “ex-terrorists” making money on the Christian rubber chicken circuit, seems to have found another group of suckers in the Houston Area Pastor Council, who are paying to bring him down from Michigan to Texas to give his testimony of how Jesus saved him from being a terrorist.

Our friends at Right Wing Watch have done a good job following Saleem and his career on the anti-Muslim hysteria circuit. Saleem claims that President Obama has created a stealth Islamic “shadow government” to control the United States and that gay people, “baby-killers,” communists and the “women’s movement” have entered into “unholy alliances” with Islam to oppose him (Saleem). He told an audience at the religious right’s Values Voter Summit in 2012 that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was working with governments in Islamic countries to undermine the Constitution and “subjugate American people to be arrested and put to jail and their churches and synagogues shut down.”

Of course, it’s not really surprising that the HAPC is hosting someone who promotes this trash. The group’s executive director, Dave Welch, says he opposes Muslims who seek leadership positions in government because “we have deep concerns about the loyalty of Muslims to the Constitution.” He claims President Obama is “anti-Christian” and “anti-American” and that pastors who acknowledge President Obama’s Christian faith are“much like the clergy of Hitlerian Germany and the ‘Positive Christianity’ that represented complete acquiescence to and control by the Nazi state.” He calls Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, a “sodomite” and has warned of a “gay takeover” of his “sin sick” city. Moreover, Welch has praised a right-wing evangelist who in the past  called Roman Catholicism “a false religion” and asserted that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus. And last year he issued a call for “imprecatory prayer” (prayers calling on God to curse or bring calamity — even death and destruction — upon those perceived as wicked or as enemies) against supporters of same-sex marriage.

This is just the latest variation on a very old scam in Christianity. The folks in the pews just love to hear “testimony” from people who tell them that they used to be terrible, horrible, no-good people before Jesus saved them and turned them into new creatures. It’s the same thing Mike Warnke did in lying about having been a former Satanic high priest. The hot new thing to have been pre-Jesus is a “terrorist.”

Comments

  1. Nihilismus says

    And last year he issued a call for “imprecatory prayer” (prayers calling on God to curse or bring calamity — even death and destruction — upon those perceived as wicked or as enemies) against supporters of same-sex marriage.

    If God isn’t already bringing calamity to supporters of same-sex marriage, then why are these wingnuts questioning his judgment and plan? They can’t say “because God hates gays”, because then why isn’t he already doing it? So much for the “hate the sin not the sinner” excuse. It’s clear they hate gays more than God apparently does, and they are getting frustrated that God isn’t doing anything.

  2. says

    The hot new thing to have been pre-Jesus is a “terrorist.”

    Are you kidding? I was a Roman Centurion, until I found jesus!!! (and ordered one of my men to run him through)

  3. says

    This is just the latest variation on a very old scam in Christianity. The folks in the pews just love to hear “testimony” from people who tell them that they used to be terrible, horrible, no-good people before Jesus saved them and turned them into new creatures…. The hot new thing to have been pre-Jesus is a “terrorist.”

    “Atheist” is still pretty high on the list. The annoying part about that variation is that they often try to pull it on atheists, often without actually knowing what atheism is.

    Hint: Thinking god is unjust or unfair is maltheism, not atheism.

  4. Mr Ed says

    Quick question: does this pay well? What sort of money could a converted atheist raised by Darwin loving parents make?

  5. witlesschum says

    It’s a damn shame that we have citizens who, whatever their politics, are unsophisticated enough to believe this guy’s story.The Grand Wazoo of Islam rides again!

  6. wscott says

    It’s the same thing Mike Warnke did in lying about having been a former Satanic high priest.

    Now there’s a name I haven’t heard in awhile. I’m embarassed to admit I totally doubt Warnke’s schtick when I was a kid. Some of his comedy bits were funny tho.

  7. raven says

    I have deep concerns about the loyalty of Christians to the Constitution.

    So does everyone else these days.

    You should. Most fundies are xian Dominionists who openly and deeply hate America. They want to overthrow the US government and set up a hell on earth theocracy. They say so often.

    We see it every day. There are constant calls from them for military takeovers, violent revolution, and the assassination of the president, Obama.

    They occasionally try to kill Obama with witchcraft, aka “imprecatory prayer.”

  8. raven says

    Fundie xianity’s three main sacraments are hate, lies, and hypocrisy.

    One of the staples of the church circuit is various scammers telling stories about imaginary things. “I used to be an atheist…” or “I used to be a Moslem terrorist” etc..

    One of the weirder ones, are people who are experts on satanic cults and satanic child abduction for ritual purposes. You’ve all seen those missing kids on milk cartons.

    The fundies once pressured the FBI into investigating satanist child abduction. They never found a single case. Which made no difference. No lie is too silly for fundie xians.

  9. Sastra says

    nihilismus #1 wrote:

    If God isn’t already bringing calamity to supporters of same-sex marriage, then why are these wingnuts questioning his judgment and plan?

    As far as I can tell, in order to make any consistent sense with omnipotence and omniscience the entire concept of petitionary prayer (both positive and negative) has to be framed within the Playpen Theory of Reality, wherein the world and all its events have been placed there not for the sake of the parent, but for the infant’s edification. God already knows that calamity needs to be brought down on the supporters of gay marriage, just as He also knows that various people ought to be healed of various illnesses. And so it will happen. But He’s standing by and waiting to see when YOU know it — and have enough faith to ASK. It’s important that you first learn and then demonstrate (to God and to you) that you are but a child recognizing where the power really lies. Beg and plead that His will be done as if yours has become subsumed.

    God is the center of all things, yes — but the center of the Playpen is you. Both suffering and the damned are like educational toys.

    After all, the whole point of allowing sin in the world is so that those who are eventually saved will learn and grow from the experience. Though curiously the Playpen Theory of Reality always involves growth towards acceptance of one’s eternal state of infancy.

  10. Chiroptera says

    Saleem claims that President Obama has created a stealth Islamic “shadow government” to control the United States and that gay people, “baby-killers,” communists and the “women’s movement” have entered into “unholy alliances” with Islam to oppose him (Saleem).

    Makes sense. After all, we all know how, say, the women’s movement and Islamic fundamentalism are natural allies.

  11. says

    Sastra @11: That explanation is win of the highest caliber.

    It also fits quite well with my perspective on a lot of fundies’ maturity. They’re told through childhood how inherently sinful and untrustworthy their built-in moral compass and reasoning are and the “answer” is to always submit without question or explanation to arbitrary authority figures, rather than openly discuss why something is right or wrong. Then suddenly they’re considered an adult and don’t know the hows and whys of life, only how to emulate the authoritarian they grew up with, who was likely just as clueless as they are now.

  12. DaveL says

    Hint: when many diverse groups of people who can’t seem to agree on anything else among themselves come together to unanimously oppose you, it’s isn’t because of a massive conspiracy. It’s because you’re a contemptible asshole.

  13. Taz says

    He said it warn’t no use talking, heathens don’t amount to shucks alongside of pirates to work a camp-meeting with.

    - ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

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