Archive for August, 2010

August 27th, 2010

International Burn a Koran Day: Irresponsible and Flagrant

I received an email recently from Dove World Outreach Center, a Florida church known mostly to the unbelieving world not for its proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ but for its stance on Islam, most notably for its call to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11 this year. The email states:

International Burn a Koran Day

Dove World Outreach Center needs your support!

City of Gainesville denies burn permit – BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS

RBC Bank calls in mortgage – BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS

Cottons All-Lines cancels insurance – BUT WE WILL STILL BURN KORANS

We will proceed with the Koran Burning Event, Saturday 9/11, 6-9pm, as planned.

RBC Bank called in our mortgage with a limited time to pay it off. Now Cottons All-lines Insurance has also cancelled our commercial insurance on our property putting our mortgage in immediate default. We need to raise the $140,000 to pay off the RBC loan immediately.

We need your help!  Please send as generous a donation as possible.

Make checks payable to Dove World Outreach Center, 5805 NW 37th Street, Gainesville, FL 32653 or use our Paypal donation link on the main page of our    http://www.doveworld.org/    website here.. If you would like to mail us a Koran we will add it to the fire. We invite you to sign up for our newsletter at http://www.doveworld.org/ top of the main home page.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Call or send us an email at info@doveworld.org with your thoughts and questions. Stay in touch!

Sincerely,

Dr. Terry Jones – Senior Pastor

Dove World Outreach Center

5805 NW 37th St

Gainesville, FL 32653

(352) 371-2487

Dr. Terry Jones and his church have every constitutional right to carry out their outing at his church, unless of course they are evicted. If their objective is to reach Muslims for Jesus Christ or expose the teachings of Islam, they are totally clueless. Sad how confused some Christians are when it comes to outreach to Muslims! Do we have to be this irresponsible and flagrantly confrontational?

Why in the world would they burn some else’s religious book? Where did they get this idea? The Bible? I doubt it. Saint Luke reports in Acts 19:19:

Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.

These new believers burned their own books. Why is this church asking people to mail copies of the Qur’an to be added “to the fire?” I hope no one complies with this request. Please pray for Dr. Jones and his congregation so that they jettison the idea. Their planned outing will be counterproductive. Its publicity has generated positive public relations for Islam. Pastor Jones and his church should abandon their idea because it would farther alienate Muslims. Instead, they should visit mosques and engage Muslims in meaningful discussions. Muslims are observing the fast during Ramadhan. Most of them spend time at the mosque after prayers especially on weekends.

August 23rd, 2010

All-Knowing Allah and the Fast during Ramadhan

The Qur’an claims to be true and clear. It came from the all-knowing Allah and it contains instructions on Muslim practices, among others, fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan. If Allah’s message is clear and true, should there be room for confusion among Muslims? Let us see. Allah said in Suratul Al-Baqara, 2:183—185, 187:

Verse 183: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-

Verse 184: (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

Verse 185: Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

Verse 187: Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.

I asked a Muslim how the all-knowing Allah gave a decree to fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadhan while it was and is still the case in some parts of the world the sun does not rise and set during certain winter and summer months respectively? I gave him an example of Muslims in Barrow, Alaska, who cannot observe the fast right now because the sun sets and rises before they can break the fast, pray and eat iftar (the evening meal after maghrib prayer), then the sun rises again, and does not set for another 22.5 hours. Since the Qur’an and also Prophet Muhammad claims in the Hadith Allah is all knowing and almighty, if he actually knew places like Alaska when he decreed fast during Ramadhan.

Omar likes to discuss Islam with Christians. Here is his response:

You are like 30-40 for god’s sake and you still act like a child. If your wife read the things you said, she would have divorced you for being soooooo stupid about common knowledge [sic]. PEOPLE IN ALASKA HAVE TV’s AND CALENDARS.

Omar seems oblivious to the fact austere Islam bans television. Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Taliban in Afghanistan are prime examples. Why should Muslims turn to TVs and calendars for help when Allah clearly determined that during Ramadhan the day should be for FAST and the night for FEAST? Modern Muslim scholars have issued fatwa that allows Muslims in places like Barrow, Alaska, to observe Ramadhan according to the time in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why was this necessary when Allah’s message, the Qur’an, claims to be CLEAR and TRUE? Was he even God who should have known His creation?

August 17th, 2010

Ramadhan-One Devil “Breaks” Allah’s Chains

Islamic teachings lack absolutes. Prophet Muhammad said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim—the two authenticated Hadith collections—record at least three times that devils are chained during Ramadhan. All Muslims who know what it means to observe the fast during Ramadhan know of this fact. Allah’s Apostle said it and that should at least guarantee there would be peace at least among Muslims. Sadly, the report out of Iraq today confounds it. The Associated Press reports:

A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday [August 17, 2010] among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in an attack officials said killed 60 and wounded 125, one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital.

Bodies of young men, some still clutching job applications and other documents in their hands, could be seen scattered about at the blast site, which Iraqi soldiers closed off. U.S. helicopters hovered overhead as frantic Iraqis showed up to search for relatives.

August, which saw the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, has also been deadly.

What happened to the devils being chained during Ramadhan? What devil broke Allah’s chains and influenced this suicide bomber into strapping that bomb? Perhaps our Muslim friends can help us understand.

August 11th, 2010

Acts 17 Apologetics: Mea Culpa and More

Thank you to Jason: I received an email from Jason Smathers of Witnesses Unto Me on Monday afternoon. Acts 17 Apologetics had allowed him “access to the raw, unedited, hours of video from all three of their cameras” from Arab Festival in Dearborn. He watched the videos in their entirety, talked with the complainant, Roger Williams, on the phone for “over an hour” and also exchanged several emails with him. Then he wrote a post about his findings. May God to continue to bless Jason’s unique ministry. You can read his entry HERE. Excerpts:

The incident Williams reported to the police sounds quite long. The police recount Williams testimony “He added that he felt extremely uncomfortable and thought he could not leave although he attempted to several times.” In reality, the situation captured on video matches David Wood’s testimony in a previous interview with Witnesses Unto Me. In fact, Williams had radioed security only thirty seconds after the interaction began. Acts 17 was walking down the street and saw Luke speaking with Roger Williams. Luke previously told Nabeel Qureshi of Acts 17 that he was taken to the police by Williams for handing someone a Gospel tract, Nabeel says “You good?” to Luke, who confirms they are “having a friendly conversation.” Nabeel says “I just wanted to make sure he wasn’t messing with you or anything” then walks away. As Acts 17 begins to walk away, Williams stops them and says “You don’t have to worry about me messing with him, you need to worry about me messing with you, alright?” Williams only accusation against Acts 17 to their face is that they were complaining, but he never clarifies what that means. Williams says he would explain if the microphone is turned off, but never does even after it is turned off. The entire interaction takes about 2 minutes. Amal Alslami, a Muslim and employee of the American Arab Chamber Of Commerce told the police she witnessed this event and affirmed Williams statement. However, the videos do not show Alslami anywhere in sight during the encounter, but she drives up on a golf cart approximately five minutes later, takes pictures of Acts 17, then leaves. Alslami later tells police that she did not witness the incident.

Mea Culpa: Having read Jason’s account from all the three cameras, I have concluded that the four missionaries were framed. Not a Muslim, any Dearborn resident or guest but a Christian volunteer from Jacksonville, Florida, lied about them to the police and that led to their arrest. I apologize for heartaches and or headaches I have caused these missionaries, their families, friends and fans. I hope they forgive me.

There are still issues Acts 17 Apologetics needs to address. It would be helpful to Christian outreach to Muslims if Acts 17 Apologetics would address them soon.

Scripture Misuse: The missionaries were wrongly arrested. However, how some of them and their fans have reacted is another story. At issue is the taking of Scripture out of its context to defend their reaction. The following post responds to the attacks on me because I merely objected to their Muslim evangelism efforts, tactics and reaction to arrests and also a sampling of some of their supporters, especially one of them who Mr. David Wood identified to “thoroughly expose” me. You will see if Fat Man’s responses to Mr. David Wood’s call stand the test of Scripture. That would give you a rare glimpse into Acts 17 Apologetics celebrated supporter.

Mr. Wood claims that:

He [Hussein Wario] has also condemned the Apostle Paul stood up for his civil rights. (Hussein can’t pretend he’s ignorant of Paul’s stand, since I’ve already posted the proof.)

It is quite sad how Mr. Wood takes the Scripture out of its context in order to provide defense for Acts 17 Apologetics outreach to Muslims and their reaction to the arrest. A friend once told me the difference between dealing with a Christian and a non-Christian during a conflict. He said, “If the non-Christian doesn’t like what you are doing, he or she comes up to you and slits your throat, but in the case of a Christian, he or she comes up to you and slits your throat while he or she quotes the Scripture.” What a statement. Mr. Wood quotes the Scripture out of its context at least twice to make excuses for his behavior while he attacks my character. Lets deal with two of his “favorite” passages of Scripture. The Apostle Paul asked:

“Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?” (Acts 22:25).

One thing Mr. Wood has not told his readers, the Apostle was already in custody—wrongly arrested—and was about to be flogged, which is in violation of his rights, when he asked that question. Mr. Wood further bolstered his outrage quoting some states’ (North Carolina and Maine) laws that give citizen the right to challenge an illegal arrest to the point of inflicting injuries or even killing the arresting officer. I was dumbfounded. There is no place in the Scripture where Jesus, his disciples or other believers challenged their legal or illegal arrest before the arrest or afterward, calling their oppressors liars and taunting them publicly. In fact Jesus rebuked a follower who attempted to intervene before his arrest:

And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. (Luke 22:49—51)

Another Scripture that Mr. Wood likes to quote, the Apostle Paul when he appeared before Caesar, while still in custody:

I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know. If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar. (Acts 25:10-11)

This Scripture passage supports none of Mr. Wood’s behavior. Paul was calmly challenging his rights while he was still in custody. He wasn’t belligerent and did not call his accusers liars or Christians who did not stand with him less Christian. Later in Acts 26:32 we learn that had Paul not appealed to Caesar, he would have been a free man. So much for Paul’s awareness of his civil rights, he remained behind bars on false charges!

Jesus said in Matthew 10:16-20:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

This is the blueprint of how a Christian should behave when he or she is faced with persecution, especially one involving harassment and arrest. What kind of an attitude has Mr. Wood depicted?

Mr. Wood continues:

Desperate Attacks: This is why it’s so shocking that Hussein is siding with the police. Perhaps Hussein’s Muslim background leads him to believe that it’s okay to assault a woman who doesn’t immediately obey a man. Hussein’s thinking may be so clouded that he can’t even fathom a girl telling a man to get his hands off her.

Does Mr. Wood have to attack me for simply raising questions about his misleading statements and his tendency to make excuses? There is no proof in Scripture for his behavior for someone who was wrongly arrested.

Even the Apostle Paul apologized for his behavior toward the High Priest in Acts 23:3—5. Mr. Wood needs to apologize for his attitude toward the police. He also needs to apologize to Christians in Dearborn he has called Dhimmis.

He has no clue what my stance is on issues. You have probably heard of Ohio runway Muslim convert Rifqa Bary. She run away to Florida and reported that her father was going to kill for apostacy. Her case was in court for several months. I was in touch with one of Rifqa’s lawyers. Here is my position, which appeared in an article, Wishful Thinking Biased Reporting Endanger Rifqa Bary, in the newsmagazine American Thinker, Saturday, December 5, 2009:

I am very concerned for Rifqa. If the judge reunites her with her family, you know that she will either be severely persecuted or killed here in the United States or elsewhere. An ardent Muslim father would rather kill his child in order to preserve his family from ridicule (from fellow Muslims) than see him or her alive. Mr. Mohamed Bary would be hailed as a hero to Muslims if he were to carry out — God forbid — Islamic judgment on Rifqa because she refuses to revert to Islam.

Has my Muslim background “clouded” my stance on Rifqa’s plight? Is it even close to Mr. Wood’s assessment? Judge for yourself. A Muslim or someone whose thinking “may be so clouded” would have said the judge should have reunited Rifqa with her family.

Hypocrisy?: Mr. Wood continues:

Sadly, some Christians think that, by attacking other ministries, they will make a name for themselves. But Hussein is simply embarrassing himself. No Western Christian is going to tolerate

Mr. Wood should stop dividing Christians in order to justify his misleading statements. Someone is either a Christian or he or she is not. There is no such a thing as “Western Christian.” Secondly, he needs to take the plank out of his eye before he assesses me or other Christian ministries. Here are samplings of Acts 17 Apologetics attacks on other ministries:

The goal of Chief Haddad and the Dearborn Police Department is to reduce Christians to dhimmitude. Christians who accept that they are second-class citizens are welcome. Christians who insist that they have Constitutional rights are harassed, and even arrested.

There are three general reactions to the rights violations at the Arab Festival. First, some accept the oppression, praise the Muslims at the festival, praise the mayor, and praise the police department, regardless of how Christians are being harassed. The goal is to get into position to distribute something to the Muslims despite the obstacles. This was the approach of certain ministries.

I suspect that if Jesus, or Paul, or Peter were to preach in Dearborn today, they would be utterly condemned by some of the churches in Dearborn.

Not all Christian ran into trouble, Only those who were vocal in the presentation of the gospel

Acts 17 Apologetics claims that other ministries in Dearborn are not “vocal in the presentation of the gospel.” In other words, these missionaries were the only ones who preached at the festival, which is false.

What’s Next: Acts 17 Apologetics need to prayerfully consider how it should be involved in next year’s festival, assess its strategies and perhaps partnering with a church or organization in Dearborn. A Dearborn native and former Muslim, Ali El Hajj, has suggested for Acts 17 “to seek some means of dialog we Dearborn’s community. Perhaps an unrecorded forum where the community would be invited in to mend bridges- first with the Christian leaders in Dearborn, then with city officials, and finally the community.”

Acts 17 still Misleading the Public: I pointed out to Mr. Wood about his Fox News’ Fox & Friends interview. The public was misled into believing that he was arrested for distributing the Gospel of John. He did not correct the TV host when he was on-air. Fox & Friends—the number one rated according to Nelson TV ratings—averages more that one million viewers. Those who watched the footage were misled. Mr. Wood shared the video on Acts 17 blog with a few sentences describing how the video was partially inaccurate. The inaccurate video is still available on YouTube and Acts 17 Apologetics website. Fox News has removed it from its website.

Tens of thousands have since watched this misleading video. Even a popular newsmagazine, Townhall, also reports on the same version of the story:

According to a variety of reports, four men were arrested during Dearborn’s recent Arab International Festival–which takes place annually and on public streets–for distributing copies of the Gospel of John written in English and Arabic.

Millions of people still believe that story. Even former Speaker of the House Mr. Newt Gingrich was misled by the same version of story into writing an op-ed in support of Mr. Wood and his colleagues on July 28. Surprisingly, Acts 17 is not ashamed that Mr. Gingrich was wrong. His support has been posted on the website but with a disclaimer. I highly doubt had Fox News set the record straight Mr. Gingrich would have included the missionaries’ arrest in his op-ed, which was in opposition to the mosque near Ground Zero.

“Threats” and Insults at Mr. Wood’s Behest: I mentioned before how Mr. Wood threatened a few people with “exposure?” He gave another charge to his fans to expose me:

I again invite our readers to thoroughly expose Hussein Wario (leaving comments on his blog would be a good place to start). There is no place in Christian ministry for someone who thinks it’s his job to lie about fellow Christians.

Acts 17 Apologetics fans did not hesitate to answer one of their leaders’ call. The first call, “I hereby invite our readers (especially you, Fat Man!) to thoroughly expose Hussein Wario, and to continue drawing attention to his deceptions, until he repents of this profound wickedness.” And Fat Man strikes twice…

The Fat Man said…

What a ASS, can I say that on this blog?
No let me take that back what a GIGANTIC ASS?

Yes, you can! Of course, Fat Man could leave such an embarrassing comment on a Christian ministry’s blog. By the way, it is still on Acts 17 Apologetics website.

He continues…

The Fat Man said…

On a previous post regarding this situation someone who claims to know Huesein Warrior commented.

Chad Groenhout said…
I’ve know him for around 15 years. He is a true Christian. I just don’t know what is going on with him lately. Instead of calling him a wolf in sheep’s clothing, lift him up in prayer.

I think I have a explanation. Chad your friend is suffering from a medical condition known as “Cranium Rectumes

He has his head shoved so far up his own butt he is suffering from oxygen deprivation.

How this comment is fitting for a Christian ministry’s blog, only Acts 17 Apologetics can explain it. I bet Mr. Wood can argue Fat Man’s “free speech” like he has justified the presence of Muhammad cartoons on his ministry’s website. These cartoons are still there. Perhaps someone is confusing the “offense” in the Gospel with his  “free speech.” How the Gospel message being offensive to Muslims compares with Muhammad cartoons being offensive to Muslims only “free speech” can justify, thus playing politics with Christian ministry to Muslims.

Bartimaeus said…

David & Nabeel

It would seem that Hussein has some series emotional issues. His vendetta against Acts 17…
The one who is misleading people and behaving un-Christlike is Hussein.
[Deleted after a few days I confronted him publicly.]

He continues and please pay close attention to his stance on integrity:

Now lying in order to enhance your ministry is a issue of integrity… And the next time you address me or refer to any comments I make please keep my real name out it I chose to use Bartimaeus for a reason.

Yes, he wants to continue insulting people. This person claims to have known me with his claims that I have “some series emotional issues” and lack integrity, yet he cannot stand the test of integrity. We have never met. Our encounter has been exchanging a few emails over a network. Apparently that qualifies him to make this assessment of my character. His name is Stephen Atkins. I know why he does not want his name to be made public. He insults people publicly and can hide his identity. This marks the end of your “anonymity,” a fellow who goes after character assassination while hiding under an assumed name. Keep it up, Mr. Atkins.

More Insults: Mr. Wood said, “Hussein should be miles away from ministry, studying the Scripture and learning what it means to be a Christian.” He doesn’t know me and for him to say I need to learn “what it means to be a Christian” is an insult. He gives me charge to study the Scripture and “stay away ministry.” What does that say about him when he quotes Scripture out of its context to justify his reaction to his illegal arrest? The only thing so far that he has quoted in context is his constitutional rights and some states’ laws. The latter has no jurisdiction on his arrest in Michigan.

I am Exposed: Fat Man insulted me. Mr. Atkins took a nasty jab at me and I have exposed his identity. There were many fans who responded from far and wide to Mr. Wood’s call. One of them claimed to be a missionary of a reputable mission organization in Kenya. According to Mr. Wood, this “missionary” could “disprove” claims about my past. He went as far as claiming that I blocked some comments from the “missionary.” Mr. Wood, in his own words:

Hussein’s constant lies also call his past into question. I was contacted by someone who says that he can disprove Hussein’s claims about his past, but that Hussein keeps blocking the comments.

Someone who claims to be an African Inland Mission missionary posted a few comments on my blog. None of his comments were deleted. Since he was using a fake email address, one attributed to some AIM “missionary,” I flagged his first comment, removed the fake email address and posted his comments. Every time he used this fake email address, his comments were automatically held for moderation.

Those who read the comments can corroborate my account that this “missionary” was very confused about Kenya. Even someone who does Google search would have a better idea. In the initial comment, he claimed to know my people group but in the same comment claimed I was either “Oromo or Borana.” Oromo are from Ethiopia and Borana are from Kenya and Ethiopia. Borana are not native to the Province I hail from. I challenged him on his mix up. He came back three days later, avoided the issue and still was mixed up. To save you some time, this person has stated that he has been in Kenya for “over 10 years” and the only reasons he gives that my background is suspicious are “no one knows me” and my life is not “threatened” in Kenya. That says a lot from the same missionary who got basic facts about Kenya mixed and couldn’t even get it after three days and just because no one knows me out of his “bubble” qualifies me as being with a fake background. Even the United States Justice Department judge presiding over my asylum case found my persecution story credible. How can this missionary who went to Kenya after I had already been in the United States discredit my background? I wish him luck. Lord willing, our paths might cross if he actually does ministry among Muslims. If you want to find more information to verify my background, please check the following:

The Call of Africa, a 1998 book (Google Books), starting on page 479.

Grand Rapids Press article quoting news article from my interview in 1996

Holland Sentinel, quoting people who have known me longer than this person has been in Kenya

Read the first four chapters (upbringing, conversion and some persecution) of my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent (Google Books, US only). Those who have doubts about my background can verify it in Kenya.

Conclusion: This is my final entry on the missionaries’ illegal arrest. I hope they accept my apology for any conclusion I made and not initially believing their version of what led to their arrest. Keep on praying for them, the city of Dearborn and all those who were involved directly and indirectly in this saga. The Lord’s Will will prevail

On another note, the Muslim fast during the month of Ramadhan has started already in some countries and starts tomorrow in the United States and the rest of the world. Apparently, the new is sighted differently in some countries. I am writing posts throughout the fast, debunking the fast. Please stop by if you would like to learn some CRACKS in the fast. The initial post will be posted, DV, next week.

August 9th, 2010

Video Footage-Acts 17 Apologetics Framed in Dearborn

I received an email from Jason Smathers of Witnesses Unto Me a few hours ago. He says that he has watched all raw footage from three Acts 17 Apologetics’ videos. He directed me to his blog and here is a part of what he says. To read the whole entry, please follow the link below. Thank you, Jason. I will post a longer article, Lord willing, tomorrow. Jason, the investigator, in his own words:

Roger Williams affirmed the police report against Acts 17 to be accurate in an interview with Witnesses Unto Me and is sticking by his statements made to police. Acts 17 allowed Witnesses Unto Me access to the raw unedited video footage from three cameras to see what really took place.
The incident Williams reported to the police sounds quite long. The police recount Williams testimony “He added that he felt extremely uncomfortable and thought he could not leave although he attempted to several times.” In reality, the situation captured on video matches David Wood’s testimony in a previous interview with Witnesses Unto Me. In fact, Williams had radioed the police only thirty seconds after the interaction began…
Read the rest of the story here.
August 6th, 2010

Acts 17 Apologetics’ Claims Examined

My Free Speech Trumps the Gospel” was supposed to be my last post relating to Acts 17 Apologetics but here we are again. Since my last post, there have been two posts attempting to discredit me. David Wood even recruited people to take on me. Here is his call to them, “I hereby invite our readers (especially you, Fat Man!) to thoroughly expose Hussein Wario, and to continue drawing attention to his deceptions, until he repents of this profound wickedness.” Fat Man indeed answered Mr. Wood’s call and attempted, masquerading as an African Inland Mission missionary to Kenya. He failed miserably with his comment initial here. He has since remained silent, whining about my book.

Jason Smathers of Witnesses Unto Me claims that I criticize Acts 17 Apologetics because of my “extreme devotion to Ergun Caner… [because] James Dr. White brought attention to Ergun Caner’s sin,” I “became enraged” and “when Dr. White supported Acts 17, it was “guilty by association.” I would like to set the record straight. Fist of all, I am not a devotee of Dr. Caner. I came to his defense simply because Muslims were dismissing him as a fake ex-Muslim. Secondly, I am not pointing out problems with Acts 17 Apologetics because of my previous support for Dr. Caner. You can read my blog, starting with the initial one on May 12, and find out for yourself whether I was excusing Dr. Caner’s sin.

Here is why I am involved. Whereas Dr. Caner was quiet, Acts 17 Apologetics has been defending itself, accusing everyone who has disagreed with them, even threatening “to expose” him or her. I know at least one other individual who Mr. Wood has threatened… is that what Dr. Ergun Caner did? Did he take it to the radio or his blog to call his critics liars? Did Dr. Caner dismiss his fellows who were involved in outreach to Muslims as impostors? Acts 17 and Dr. White dismissed Josh McDowell’s ministry in Dearborn. Ali El Hajj responded to Dr. White’s criticism of Josh here. I did it too, here.

I have never heard of defendants in a criminal case who are in their right mind  even when all evidence points to their innocence) talk publicly about an impending trial lest they are willing to prejudice their case. The following are contradictions that Acts 17 Apologetics have exhibited publicly. I will give context for each and every one of them lest Mr. Wood accuses me of taking their words out of context again.

Mr. Wood told Jason Smathers last week that “he was unaware of the policy preventing leafleting within five blocks and was not aware of Pastor George’s case until after he was detained for attempting to leaflet” on Sunday, June 20, 2010, two days after he was arrested. Jason is really good at investigating but I am surprised that he did not catch that Mr. Wood contradicts himself from what he said a few hours before he was arrested on Friday, June 18, 2010. Here is the video at 6:00-6:12 mark. Acts 17 Enters the Dearborn Arab Festival (PART ONE), “If you are a Christian here, if you want to walk up in so much as to give a pamphlet to someone who disagrees with you, to a Muslim, you will be arrested and forced to leave this public street.”

Also, on Saturday, June 19, the day after their arrest, Dr. Nabeel Qureish said, they did “not handout pamphlets whatsoever.” Why? They would have risked arrest. This shows they knew the festival rules were clear. People (Christians, Muslims and other non-Muslims) were required to handout literature from a booth. No exception. These guys knew the rules of the festival before hand and they went leafleting anyway two days after their arrest, looking for trouble. It is very sad how Mr. Wood deceives his audience. I am shocked that even Jason the investigator has been duped! How could Mr. Wood claim last week he did not know the rules last week? Here is their video, “Arab Festival 2010: Arrested for Being Christian Preachers in Dearborn,” Watch from 2:49 minute mark.

Mr. Wood’s story is changing. He said in response to a comment on my blog, “It still amazes me that people have to make things up in order to attack us. When did we say that no evangelism was allowed in Dearborn? When did we say that no one was free to distribute Bibles in Dearborn? This is sheer deception on the part of our critics.” He says in the above-mentioned video they would be arrested for distributing Bibles in Dearborn. Do his claims—given at various places and times—comport with the video from the first day of the festival? Absolutely not!

Two things are clear so far. Acts 17 Apologetics knew the rules of the festival. The initial video recorded when they entering the festival proves it. Their critics have not been changing their version of their story; Acts 17 has.

Negeen’s Arrest: I pointed out a video yesterday that shows that Mr. Wood has been misleading the public about what transpired before Negeen’s arrest. She wasn’t arrested as soon as the police stopped her. In fact, the other arrests could have been avoided had she complied. The police would have investigated the “criminal complaint” and left them alone. Read the police report for yourself. Mr. Wood wasn’t pleased with my observation because I was pointing to a video, which another Christian had put together from Acts 17 Apologetics footage showing events leading to the arrest. He was incensed and unleashed his followers on me. Here is the video.

Mr. Wood and his followers were upset that I was unconcerned of Negeen’s arrest. I am very concerned. However, if her behavior toward the police officer does not disturb you as a Christian, you have a problem understanding “submission to authority.” Mr. Wood even quotes two states’ laws on Acts 17 Apologetics web page justifying Negeen’s resisting arrest:

An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his or her liberty has the same right to use force in defending him or herself as he or she would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

Each person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest. In such a case, the person attempting the arrest stands in the position of a wrongdoer and may be resisted by the use of force, as in self- defense.” (State v. Mobley, 240 N.C. 476, 83 S.E. 2d 100).

some guy named Paul tried to challenge how Mr. Wood quoted Maine and North Carolina state laws to argue a criminal case in Michigan. He has essentially been debunked but he can’t accept it. Here is his response, “Nice try Paul. The point is that everyone is attacking Negeen (including you, it seems), because she questioned the officer’s order. But he had no right to tell her to stop filming, and he had no right to put his hand on her. Are you saying that the Constitution suddenly changes in Michigan, and that police can illegally seize property, and illegally put their hands on a young girl who hasn’t done anything wrong? I hope you never get to make laws in our country! It would be a very different place if people lose their rights!” He has not shown that it is legal in Michigan to resist arrest. Then why does he still have these laws on his website to justify her resisting arrest? Mr. Wood is evasive.

Was Negeen proud of her bravery? Absolutely not! She was embarrassed and apologized to the police for her actions. The police report, “[Negeen] Mayel finally became cooperative and stated that she told by Qureshi, Wood and Rezkalla to “continue filming no matter what”. She further stated that she had nothing to do with the incident with Williams… she repeatedly apologized for her actions and stated she was only doing what she was told to do.” Page 11.” I am proud of Negeen for apologizing for her dismissal attitude toward the police. How sad that she was misled into resisting arrest because Mr. Wood et al wanted footage! Who would save her from being manipulated!

Mr. Wood’s deception went nationwide. Fox News picked up the story. Mr. Wood and his lawyer appeared on the program. The host talked about how the four were arrested that day in Dearborn. Fox News host even said Christians were “arrested for handing out copies of the Gospel of John.” Neither Mr. Wood nor his lawyer refuted that false statement about the alleged arrest. I doubt they told the host that the footage was taped two days after the arrests. What did Fox News do with the video? It is no longer available on Fox News website. I wonder if they know what some of us know.

Kelly Boggs of the Baptist Press lambasted the City of Dearborn after the arrest. He was misled and believed the same story Fox News disseminated. He investigated the matter and later apologized for his error. He wrote in his apology, “The Baptist State Convention of Michigan also distributed materials during the festival. “Our teams had a strong presence and had no issues at all,” wrote Carlos Liese, language ministry leader with the Michigan convention, in an e-mail. “Our volunteers had many conversations about Christ with participants, passed out 2000 ‘Jesus Film’ DVDs and 500 copies of the Gospel of John and Romans in Arabic.”” Those Baptists were actually busy doing what Acts 17 Apologetics claimed to be doing “illegally.” Drop your cameras and carry some Bibles next year!

Why is Acts 17 Apologetics misleading the public? Why does Dr. White still support them? Iron Sharpens Iron hosts said Acts 17 “ministry comes very highly recommended by frequent “Iron Sharpens Iron” guest, renowned Christian apologist and biblical scholar Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries.” At 15:00-17:00, Mr. Wood said, “Astonishingly, they didn’t erase all the footage, so we started posting the footage immediately and all the people who were criticizing and condemning us have been shockingly silent.”

And why would Mr. Wood lie on Iron Sharpens Iron about the police and their video footage and also Christians who disagree with his contradictory statements?

More of Mr. Wood’s deception: He still claims that he had permission to tape Muslims in 2009. Here is one case, just as he entered the festival this year. In a video “Acts 17 Enters the Dearborn Arab Festival (PART ONE)”. At minute 0:50-1:09, Mr. David Wood says, “Muslims at the booth gave us permission twice” to tape.

Here is a video that exposes how Mr. Wood is misleading the public.

Acts 17 Apologetics did not have permission to record conversations and they were also harassing people last year. Why would Mr. Wood lie? Watch it for yourself here.

Even Christians who believed Mr. Wood’s and Acts 17 Apologetic’s initial story are beginning to have doubts. I hope Acts 17 Apologetics apologizes to Dearborn Police Department, especially for Mr. Wood’s conduct. They should heed the advice of their fellow Christians and get their own booth next year. As they already know, failure to obey the rules of the festival—getting a booth—they might as well get ready for another night or more in jail. Mr. Wood said a few hours before his arrest, “Just as a piece of advice to all Muslims in the world, if you don’t want us to do something, don’t threaten us, then we have to do it.” Acts 17 Enters Dearborn Part I. minute 6:15-6:56. Acts 17 Apologetics should exercise some wisdom and stop acting on your impulses just because some Muslims taunt you. They need to repent for their deception.

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Acts 17 Apologetics missionaries would have avoided the arrest had Negeen complied with the officer’s request to investigate the “criminal complaint.” It is very possible that Mr. Williams “framed” them even though they had at one point, according to witnesses, blocked “a whole road” with the crowd gathered around them. I have nothing against them, except they have so many holes in their story, especially Mr. Wood, and are arrogant.

August 4th, 2010

Fast during Ramadhan and a Christian

Every Muslim must fast from dawn to dusk during the entire month of Ramadhan (Ramadan), the ninth month of the Hijr calendar (Islamic calendar, lunar), for 29 or 30 days because Allah commands it. This command was given because Allah said the Qur’an was revealed during this month and other prophets before Prophet Muhammad observed it. The sick, travelers and menstruating or expectant women are exempt but they are required to make up for the days missed. Children before the onset of puberty are also exempt.

What should Christians do during Ramadhan? We should pray for Muslims in our neighborhood, city, and country and around the world. We should also make an effort to meet those in our community.

Here is one way to prepare for this task. It is not too late to join your fellow Christians who pray for Muslim around the world during the month of Ramadhan. There is a booklet that has been in use for 19 years. 30 Days of Prayer for Muslim World gives overviews of Muslim populations in various countries, profiles of some unreached people groups and also contains testimonies of Christians of Muslim background. You can get copies for yourself or your church from Mission Network News here or World Christian here. These booklets are very helpful. May God use you mightily as you strive to live the Great Commission!

This year, Ramadhan is projected to start on Wednesday, August 11—at the sighting of the new crescent at dusk with fast beginning at dawn on the 12th—and the last day might be on Thursday, September 9.

I will be writing articles throughout the month, mostly utilizing the Qur’an and the Hadith, to show the CRACKS in the fast. Did God sanction it? Was he an all-knowing God? Stay tuned. May the Lord use you to open the eyes of your Muslim neighbor to the Truth!

August 2nd, 2010

My Free Speech Trumps the Gospel

Muslims are already suspicious of Christian missionary activities. Acts 17 Apologetics ministry’s actions just added to the misery. It was unfortunate its members were arrested but it was not unexpected. There are indications this was their intent. Dr. Nabeel Qureish stated clearly in an interview before the arrests that Acts 17 would defy the rules of the festival. He said, “We would not follow their exact rules.” Mr. David Wood was overheard before the arrest saying that he planned to defy the rules because getting arrested would get more of an outcry or response.

We know now that these Christians were not arrested for sharing the Gospel or distributing Bibles and tracts as they have publicly said. Two things are clear. First, they didn’t follow the rules of the festival. Second, they have given conflicting statements, which show they were not preaching or distributing materials. Videos show three of them were holding cameras. The fourth one was holding a microphone arguing with Muslims and giving commentary on previous year’s incident, which involved security guards. Who was holding the Bibles and tracts among those arrested?

If preaching were the cause of their arrest, how come Mr. David Wood’s friend, the guy screaming at the police and also shouting “Jesus is Lord!” in this video here was not arrested? Witnesses say he was proselytizing Muslims at the time of the arrests. Acts 17 claimed handing out Bibles and evangelizing was prohibited, but we know it was occurring. Pastor Haytham Abi-Haydar’s church was handing out Bibles and evangelistic materials, literature Acts 17 said they could not hand out in this video here.

I wrote before how Josh McDowell was evangelizing Muslims and also answering questions on “Jesus, the Bible and resurrection” at the festival and yet he was not arrested. He even knocked on doors and went into Muslims’ homes. For those who doubt Josh’s ability to engage Muslims, Mr. Wood’s friend and former Muslim Abdu Murray of Aletheia International trained him in Muslim outreach and evangelism at the annual Legacy Conference in Dearborn the week preceding the festival. I believe this was Josh’s second year at this conference.

Another point of concern is Acts17’s assertion that Dearborn is under Sharia Law; this is simply not the case. Dearborn residents and visitors participate in evangelism. There are local ministries that go weekly throughout neighborhoods handing out Bibles, other evangelizing materials, More than Dreams DVDs, and so on.  How could this happen if there is Sharia law in Dearborn? An internationally known evangelist, a Dearborn resident, goes out weekly into Dearborn neighborhoods and parks handing out Bibles and evangelizing Muslims without incident. The only folks who cry foul are Acts 17 missionaries and their supporters most of whom were just passing through the festival or have never been to Dearborn, let alone a country under Sharia law.

Acts 17 ministry has done damage to Christian outreach to Muslims and other unbelievers. We should remain steadfast in rebuking them and asking them to work with the hard-working Christians reaching out in Dearborn.

On a side note, there were some scheduled debates during the festival that were canceled because some Muslims rescinded. I was planning on coming to Romulus for some of them and the reason I was given for the cancellations was the presence of Prophet Muhammad cartoons on Acts 17 website. This group claims to love Muslims. Sadly, their actions speak a different tune. Some Muslims objected, they argued their right to “free speech.” They come across as sarcastic and not at all concerned about the offense the cartoons are to Muslims. They lack empathy and their statements about the cartoons incite anger rather more than anything else. The cartoons are a stumbling block and by their actions they move this stumbling block in front of Muslims rather than moving on to issues which matter more like the Trinity, crucifixion, Jesus’ Sonship, etc. How would these “missionaries” expect Muslims to give them an audience when they fragrantly “insult” their prophet? Debating was one way they tried to reach out to Muslims and now that door is slam shut because of their arrogance. How sad!

On a similar note, a Florida church has scheduled international burn a Qur’an day on September 11. Not surprising, some of Dove World’s argument is also “free speech.” Is this a new trend in Christian outreach to Muslims? Whatever happened to Jesus words “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves?” Sadly, I hear “my free speech trumps the Gospel!”