The growing national debate over the nature of Islam, its tenets and the issue of violent extremism in the name of religion will play out Sunday in Moore County, with parties on both sides planning to make their respective case.

The Moore Republican Women’s Club will host a speech Sunday afternoon at the Pinehurst Country Club from Bill French, who has spoken around the world about his beliefs regarding Islam. French, more commonly recognized by his pen name of Bill Warner, will present a talk titled “Understanding the Threat of Political Islam.”

French has authored several books, including “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims and “Factual Persuasion: Changing the Minds of Islam’s Supporters.” He also founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam and operates the online community, PoliticalIslam.com. Warner holds a PhD in physics and mathematics and, prior to becoming a public speaker, was a university professor.

According to his official biography, Warner has a lifelong interest in religion and the stated aim of his political center is to make Islamic doctrine, particularly the political and legal system of Islam, understandable to the general public. Instead of a religion, he believes Islam and its rules — known as Sharia law — are an ideology.

In recent years, Warner was a prominent opponent of a mosque that was built in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Warner caught the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center a few years ago for his presentations, and the civil rights organization labeled him one of the leading anti-Muslim speakers in the nation.

On the Women’s Club website, club president Kay Wildt said that “by understanding the fundamental nature of Political Islam, we will be able to face the threat to our country and our culture.”

In a brief interview Tuesday, Wildt invited individuals to keep an open mind and hear French’s message. “Come and judge for yourself,” she said.

French’s appearance at the Pinehurst Country Club has drawn an opposite response from those who say French’s presentation is slanted and anti-Muslim. In the last couple of weeks, several Country Club members have pressured officials there to cancel the appearance, which will take place in the St. Andrews Room next door to the Member’s Club.

Manzoor Cheema a Raleigh-based peace activist working against racism and oppression, expressed concern about Warner’s anticipated presentation. Cheema is a fellow at the Center for New Community and a coordinator of the Movement to End Racism [MERI].

“At MERI, our goal is to challenge bigotry and hatred against Muslims or those people that are perceived as Muslims. There are a lot of myths and presumptions that have been spread and that can lead into fear, hatred, violence, and even homicide against Muslims,” Cheema said.

“In this case, Bill French is propagating a lot of myths. He says that Muslims want Sharia law in the the U.S.A. There is a paranoia that has been created,” he said. “He also has said that Muslims are inherently violent or extremist and that we want to kill Christians. That is also a myth.”

Offering an alternate view from French’s presentation, a second seminar on Islam is scheduled on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. John Talk of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines has invited U.S. Army Chaplain Muhammad Khan to speak at 1 p.m., two hours ahead of French’s meeting.

“My wife and I moved to town in September of last year from southeast Michigan, which has a large and vibrant Muslim community. While we were there, I was actively engaged with that community and got to know their food, their dancing, business leaders, and provided ministerial work with the local imans,” Talk said. “We came to Southern Pines and what we found is a wonderful community, but a community that is a little bit isolated. Those here may not have had firsthand experience of interacting with people of Muslim adherence.

“We decided we want to provide an alternate voice from one that is deeply rooted in the Muslim environment and in the American experience.

Khan’s talk, “The Islamic Experience in America,” will occur in the Emmanuel Parish Hall, 350 E. Massachusetts Ave. There is no fee to attend and light refreshments will proceed the event at 12:30 p.m.

French’s discussion begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and refreshments will also be provided.

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David Hensley

This presentation/speech was SOLD OUT. I personally know of five people who wanted to attend and couldn't get tickets.

I guess the good residents of the Sandhills have spoken and this speaker represents their views much more than the liberals and legacy media lead us to believe.

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...old African proverb... "a truth teller has no friends"...

...will any organization in moore ocounty ever invite any scholar to speak about the violence committed in the name of christianity EVERYDAY, why is americas media ALWAYS suggesting that Islam equals violence...

GroundTroops

Could you please give me an example where someone who has been arrested for a violent crime has stated that they did it in the name of Christians? I'm not talking about reporters statements, or any liberal slanting of the truth. I mean actual statements. Truth is that everything you right on here is racist, and nothing more than someone whining. I would bet you have no idea what being a Christian really means. You have bought into the sad belief that everyone who claims to be a Christian really is.

Jim Tomashoff

"Could you please give me an example where someone who has been arrested for a violent crime has stated that they did it in the name of Christians?"

1.The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009..."Tiller had a long history of being targeted for violence by Christian Right terrorists. In 1986, his clinic was firebombed. Then, in 1993, Tiller was shot five times by female Christian Right terrorist Shelly Shannon." Tiller was murdered by self-proclaimed Christian warrior in the anti-abortion movement, Scott Roeder.
2.Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 27, 2008. "On July 27, 2008, Christian Right sympathizer Jim David Adkisson walked into the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee during a children’s play and began shooting people at random."
3.The murder of Dr. John Britton, July 29, 1994. "To hear the Christian Right tell it, there is no such thing as Christian terrorism. Tell that to the victims of the Army of God, a loose network of radical Christianists with a long history of terrorist attacks on abortion providers. One Christian Right terrorist with ties to the Army of God was Paul Jennings Hill, who was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 3, 2003 for the murders of abortion doctor John Britton and his bodyguard James Barrett. Hill shot both of them in cold blood and expressed no remorse whatsoever; he insisted he was doing’s God’s work and has been exalted as a martyr by the Army of God."
4.The murder of Barnett Slepian byJames Charles Kopp, Oct. 23, 1998. James "Charles Kopp is a radical Christian terrorist who has been exalted as a hero by the Army of God. On Oct. 23, 1998 Kopp fired a single shot into the Amherst, NY home of Barnett Slepian (a doctor who performed abortions), mortally wounding him. Slepian died an hour later."

There are dozens of other examples GroundTroops, you can look them up yourself.

Catherine Bridges

"Dozens of other examples." Interesting. If those "dozens" are anything like the examples listed, they are dubious, at best. People who claim to be Christian may kill, but to do so falls outside the commands of their Christ. Hence, those "Christians'" behavior is anything *but* Christian or Christ-like, and as such, cannot be said to be representative of Christians in general, which according to Pew research, number approximately 171 MILLION to 172 MILLION people in the US. EVEN if ALL the cases that could be found were exemplary of actual Christians at large, they would still only comprise an incredibly small fraction of that population. So that begs the question, what's your point?

Jim Tomashoff

http://thehumanist.com/news/religion/5-dangerous-christian-hate-groups
5 Dangerous “Christian Hate” Groups - TheHumanist.com

Ground Troops, also check out the article at the above reference.

Jim Tomashoff

Coolkoshki, the point is that for hundreds of years Christians have used violence to, in their minds, as acts in support of their religious views. And so do "Islamists," today, and just like Christians, their acts of violence by individuals acting in support of their faith, to use yours words, "only comprise an incredibly small fraction of that population. Get the point now?

David Hensley

Sherwood: YOU are welcome to organize such an event. In fact, I invite you to do so!

Catherine Bridges

There are many sites and sources for Dr Warner's work. This one appears to be quite informative: http://drrichswier.com/author/bwarner/ "Bill Warner holds a PhD in physics and math, NC State University, 1968. He has been a university professor, businessman, and applied physicist. He was a Member of the Technical Staff in solid-state physics at the Sarnoff Princeton Laboratories in the area of integrated circuit structures. During the energy crisis of the 80's he founded and ran a company that specialized in energy efficient homes. For eight years he was a professor at Tennessee State University in the Engineering School. Dr. Warner has had a life-long interest in religion and its effects on history. He has studied the source texts of the major religions for decades. Even before the destruction of the World Trade Center he had predicted the war between Islam and America. The day after 9/11 he decided to make the source texts of Islam available for the average person. Dr. Warner's training in scientific theory and mathematics shaped how he analyzed Islamic doctrine. The first step was realizing that the Islamic texts had been made deliberately difficult to read and comprehend. A program, the Trilogy Project (see below), was created to strip away the confusion in the texts. It became clear that Islam is not constructed on the same civilizational principles as the rest of the world. Simple statistical methods revealed that dualism and submission were the foundational principles of Islamic doctrine."

Catherine Bridges

I do not know Dr Warner even though I live in Tennessee, but I do know that he is well regarded throughout the country and the world. I have followed him on his Facebook page for over a year now, almost two. He is no kook. He recently spoke in Chattanooga after the shootings there. If I were close enough, I would readily pay to hear him speak in person. His books are well-written, and I have found the information therein to be accurate when cross-referenced with other known, reputable sources. I have been studying the Quran for the last 7 years and I am thankful to have his books to add to my study. Dr Warner does not address Islam as a religion, but rather, *political* Islam, and Islamic law, known as the Sharia. He discusses the motivations and goals of Political Islam as an *ideology,* the dualism inherent in this ideology (how it is an ideology of jihad AND an ideology of peace, and why this can be confusing), and why it is important to understand what the Quran teaches, the different forms of jihad, and how these teachings are being used by some to colonize the world for Islam. "Bill Warner holds a PhD in physics and mathematics. He has been a university profes-sor, businessman, and applied research physicist. Warner had a life-long interest in religions, including Islam, and their effects on history and civilizations. After the 9/11 New York jihad attacks, he began working on making the Islamic political doctrine, which impacts non-Muslims, available to the average person. Dr. Warner used scientific methods to analyze the Islamic political system using the Islamic doctrinal source texts. He has produced fifteen books on the subject, including self study courses and a book on Sharia law that has been translated into sixteen languages. You can find him online at: www.politicalislam.com, Facebook @billwarnerauthor, Twitter @PoliticalIslam, and YouTube @PoliticalIslam. Dr. Warner has given talks through out the U.S. and Canada as well as in Albania, Kosovo, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary. He has advised European and U.S. State legislature representatives on Islam and its political ramifications. His Center for the Study of Political Islam, with the participation of a European group, has established CSPI International (www.cspii.org) with offices in Europe and Chile. He travels to Central Europe twice a year to work with CSPI International, give talks, interviews, and meet with government officials. Dr. Warner's writing is easy to follow and understand. You do not need to be a scholar to understand these books. If we understand the world of Political Islam then we can understand why all Islamic events that are happening around us and even how we can begin to stop them. It is for this reason that Dr. Warner started the Center for the Study of Political Islam."http://www.amazon.com/Bill-Warner/e/B00FAWN654?tag=duckduckgo-osx-20

ron smith

While I have no feeling about this man, per se, it appears that a mention of degrees is necessary to establish someone’s credentials in any published article. Associated Press Stylebook indicates the preferred form is to avoid an abbreviation and use a phrase such as Bill Warner, who has a doctorate in physics and mathematics from North Carolina State University. The reporter chose to use an abbreviation, Ph.D. which is also acceptable but should have been done on first reference. There’s no official APA Style rule regarding pseudonyms other than APA Style’s key motto: Cite what you see. When it comes to citing an author, cite whatever name is used by the source, whether a real name or pseudonym. The way the article reads, Warner/French is trying to deceive and I don’t believe that is the case.

...it was not an Islamic male that recently walked into a historic African American church in south carolina and started shooting and killing the parishioners because of their race, the demon was a white male christian and his conduct is not unusual or new, we all know the story of the four little girls killed in a birmingham alabama church bombing, we all know what happened to emmit till in mississippi, what timothy mcVeigh did in oklahoma city and what andrew jackson and the european "settlers" before and after him did to the black slaves, the genocide against the cherokee and other aboriginal people, ALL in the name oof white european christianity not Islam...

Richard Wright

Sherwood my man,you are all over the place with nonsense.

Julia Latham

fromrightfield, I agree! radical Islamists are a genuine threat, and they feed on creating an "us versus them" narrative. According to them, the entire western world is bent on destroying and vilifying Muslims. Why play into their trap by welcoming someone who won't acknowledge that Islam is a religion? Better we bring in someone who can speak intelligently about the perversion of one of the world's great religions and simultaneously address the geopolitical/military realities of combating them. I don't believe that this man can deliver.

...the radical christianity that goes unmentioned by our main.stream media is growing, whether its the white christian knights of the klu.klux.klan or the many white.right christian churches in america, the number of people and groups that hate (in the name of Jesus) has literally exploded in the u.s. ,in recent years the ATF (alcohol,tobacco,fire.arms) a federal law enforcement agency was recently renamed to ATFE (e=explosives) in large part because of a dramatic increase in domestic terrorist activity, often times by white males that claim to be acting on their christian values, this activity is ignored by americas media,however ,that same media continues to try and portray Islam as violent and dangerous and demonize all Muslims...

Julia Latham

I'm curious whether anyone can find a scholarly critique of Mr. French/Warner's books, articles, or speeches. I can't find a single bona fide historian, theologian, Islamic scholar, legal scholar, or political theorist who has anything to say about his ideas. Listening to him on line, he simply sounds like a kook who has applied his own analysis to religious texts. As he has no background in any of these areas, I'm wondering why we should pay $25 to hear someone the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council on American-Islamic Relations has called a purveyor of hate speech. I wonder why the Moore Republican Women didn't get a more credentialed speaker?

Richard Wright

Good points on the speaker but who actually believes that radical Islam is not growing and does not present a clear and present danger to us and the free world?

David Hensley

The hypocritical leftists in their imaginary utopia don't believe Islam presents a threat.

I have always said one can't be a leftists without being a hypocrite. Nothing illustrates this better than the left's embrace of radical gay rights on one hand and their embrace of a religion/culture who executes people for being gay. Same with women's issues. Liberals claim to be the champion of womens rights (which isn't really true), but Islam treats women as 3rd class citizens.

It is bizarre and indicative of some sort of cognitive defect in liberals.

Jim Tomashoff

"Nothing illustrates this better than the left's embrace of radical gay rights on one hand and their embrace of a religion/culture who executes people for being gay." Well, here's your mistake, from which you have logically concluded that all liberals are hypocrites. I don't know any Liberals who have embraced Islam, any more, or less, than having embraced Christianity or any other organized religion, Tolerance does not equal embracing.

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