Everybody Look At Ed Bacon And Susan Russell
Last week in a Huffington Post piece, Susan Russell was yammering on about receiving “hate mail” and “threats” in response to All Saint Pasadena’s decision to host the annual convention of MPAC - the Muslim Public Affairs Council - at the church.
MPAC, as Andrew McCarthy at National Review Online has pointed out - is a terrorist-sympathizing organization formed by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah,
Why hosting this group at a church that calls itself Christian would raise eyebrows is beyond Bacon and Russell. They just can’t understand it. It’s a mystery.
Furthermore, Russell wants you to know that All Saints has received THREATS!™ from the usual assortment of right-wing bigots and extremists who are just too hateful and Islamophobic and hateful to understand that… well, I’m not entirely sure. I kept expecting some kind of explanation, some kind of effort to clear up the misunderstanding about what MPAC actually is, but so far… nothing.
Not “MPAC is being confused with another group that goes by an identical acronym,” or even “MPAC has issued a series of unambiguous statements denouncing terrorism and the groups it once maintained relations with who engage in it.”
But no. Nothing.
Nothing but “We got all this hate mail and THREATS!™ from bigoted right-wing haters.”
I was going to suggest that Russell borrow Gene Robinson’s bulletproof vest, when I learned that Ed Bacon admitted that, yeah, we didn’t get any actual THREATS!™:
At the church press conference, nobody really dealt with the MPAC’s controversial past. Instead the church’s associate pastor complained of the “hateful, vitriolic, demonization of Islam.” The Rev. Susan Russell specifically had in mind 50 offensive emails the church says it has received complaining about the MPAC conference. In a Huffington Post story, she had claimed the emails included “threats” against the church. But at the press conference the senior pastor, Rev. Bacon, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, admitted there were no actual threats.
So that claim of threats? FAKE.
Fake… but accurate, says Russell:
Yet the emails and the complaints against the church expose the “underbelly of Islamaphobia in this country,” Rev. Russell insisted. “It gives us an amazing teachable moment to demonstrate what it looks like when people of faith refuse to be polarized by our differences.”
“Differences,” Mother Susan, are when one religion worships Jesus as Lord and Savior, while another one refers to him only as a prophet.
What we are talking about with MPAC, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and the rest of these savages, is more than “differences.” For example… oh, look here - didn’t have to go far. Here’s something right there in HuffPo, from a mere six days ago:
Suspected Islamist fighters went on the rampage in northeast Nigeria overnight, killing 10 Christians with guns and machetes and burning down their houses, witnesses said on Sunday.
The attack happened in a village called Chibok, in a remote part of northeastern Borno state, at the heart of an insurgency led by Islamist sect Boko Haram.
“Suspected Boko Haram came at night and set people’s houses on fire before killing their victims,” said Nuhu Clark, a former local councillor of the village who escaped the attack.
He said he counted ten bodies afterwards.
But Ed Bacon knows what the problem really is:
[Bacon] cited the controversy in his sermon, faulting a “toxic narrative that too many of our religions have promulgated and that is, that in order to become a part of my religion, you have to hate someone else in another religion or you have to hate somebody else in another category.”
I’m pretty sure Bacon wasn’t referring to Muslims.
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