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It’s been a while since I have checked up on what the recently baptized neo-conservative filmmaker Eric Allen Bell has been up to, so I was €œ"pleasantly"€ surprised when I discovered that he has created yet another visual media website, called Global Infidel TV. Much like how Judeophobes proudly refer to themselves as "€œGoys"€ or "€œGentiles"€ to imply that that is how Jews view them, Islamophobes intentionally call themselves "€œInfidels"€ (with a capital I, of course) to say, "this is what those evil Mohammedans think about us!" That is why there are websites and organizations such as "€œInfidels Alliance"€, "€œInfidels Are Cool" (blogspot), and now "€œGlobal Infidel TV."€ Just simply replace the word, "€œInfidel"€ with "€œGoy"€ or "€œGentile"€, and one can easily see the parallels between Islamophobia and Judeophobia.

Bell'€™s "€œnew"€ website uses practically the same format of his main media page, except this one discards the pseudo-spirituality and exclusively focuses on his Islamophobic views. One of the first things one reads on the page is,

Information is the Enemy of Islamic Supremacy: Spread it!
And,
Islam means "submission".  Liberty means "you own you".  Islam and Liberty cannot coexist.

Despite this libertarian approach to spirituality, whenever singing the praises of his idol Robert Spencer, and his god, David Horowitz; Bell feels "€œcompelled to defend Christianity€" and its doctrines. But did not Jesus Christ also say, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven"€? That sounds a lot like "€œsubmission."€ And if Bell is such a spiritual libertarian, then why does he post numerous videos of far-right Christian extremists who advocate all types of "€œcrazy supernatural"€ beliefs that he so abhors in Islam? Is it possible that Eric will just pander to whoever will give him funding for his projects? After all, Islamophobia is a big money-making industry at the moment. Never modest and always an inflated ego, Bell refers to his site as;

Counter Jihad's Ultimate Global Media Resource. Non-Partisan. Exposing the Human Rights Abuses in Islam. We do not promote violence or hate!
Nice disclaimer; the old, "€œI'€™m going to hurl a million insults upon you, then say that I'€™m not a bigot and this was all done out of love"€ trick.

Then right below a video of the fraud Walid Shoebat (who is a radical, literal-minded Christian), Bell quotes an alleged comment attributed to President John Quincy Adams;

The law which their prophet Mohamed has given to muslims, is that any harm done to any one who does not accept Islamic Law, is no sin at all.
Not surprisingly, the top three results of a Google search for this comment (without quotation marks) are an article from the evangelical Christian Islamophobic website, €œIslamReview€, a YouTube video titled "Muslim Child-Rape Gangs in Britain"€, and an article titled "€œThe Alien Concept of Free Speech - Islamic Scriptures Unveiled."€ A Google search with the quotation marks only brings up Bell'€™s Global Infidel TV. "Ayesha Ahmed€" in her screed for IslamReview, also quotes another probable fabricated comment, this time attributed to the explorer Marco Polo;
The militant Muslim is the person cutting the head of the infidel while the moderate Muslim holds the victims feet
Since the term, "moderate Muslim" is relatively new and highly tinged with neo-conservative politics; I'€™m making an educated guess that it is a fake. These are Eric Allen Bell’s "€œnon-partisan" sources.

In a blogpost titled, "€œMYSTERIOUS MONEY AND MOTIVE BEHIND MONSTER MOSQUE IN MURFREESBORO"€ (all caps, of course), Bell writes;

Let'€™s start with a little math. Murfreesboro, TN has just over 100,000 residents. According to estimates provided by the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, there are 200 to 300 Muslim families living in the area. When they announced their plans to build a 53,000 square foot mega mosque, a lot of questions came up. One subject of concern was why they needed such a huge compound for so few families. What is particularly disconcerting is that, according to their own documents (attached 2009 annual report) the ICM only has 45 active paying member families. Naturally this begs another question – who is paying for this massive compound?
But wait a minute. I thought this was "Amurrica!"€ where it's not about what people "need"€, but what people €œwant€ and work hard for! Bell sounds like a Socialist, and we all know that that's just one step away from being a Mohammedan terrorist! Bell then goes into some platitudes about how Mein Kampf is less anti-Semitic than the Medina portion of the Qur'€™an, that "80%" of the Qur'€™an is about "€œfighting the infidel"€, and that Islam isn'€™t "€œreally"€ a religion, but a totalitarian political ideology with a few religious elements. And the "who's paying for this evil thing?!" argument is uttered by every bigot of every people. I for one don't know "who is paying for it", but I'm pretty sure the authorities would have known by now if it was some "evil Islamic takeover" plan. Then the simple “information spreader” thinly implies that Islam should be outlawed as a religion in the United States!
And the glaring fact that the Islamic scripture is a hate manifesto with a blueprint for worldwide domination of the infidel, well, who wants to confront the elephant in the room and be labeled "€œintolerant"€? That said, until someone successfully challenges this in court, Islam has been deemed a religion in the United States, and when that premise is questioned in a court of law, Eric Holder sends officials from the Department of Justice to intervene on behalf of Islam. (emphasis added)

Knowing full well that the Bible is contains much more "holy violence" than the Qur’an, Bell features a graph stating the "€œIslamic Trilogy"€ (Qur'€™an, Hadith, and Sirah) has more references to "€œpolitical violence"€ than the Hebrew Bible. Well, of course! The "€œSahih Bukhari"€ collection of Hadith is nine full volumes alone, while the "€œSahih Muslim" collection is six volumes. The Sirah (biography of Muhammad) has been written by more than just one person, so that makes it more than a "€œtrilogy."€ Counting the Qur'an, that is more than seventeen full books; which are much larger than the "€œbooks of the Bible" which really amount to chapters in the modern sense.

Notwithstanding the complexity of Hadith literature which does not yield universal agreement among Muslims, even if we were to entertain Eric'€™s delusion that Islam is uniquely violent among the world'€™s religions; we should only compare the Qur'€™an to the Bible, not the Qur'€™an, plus all of the Hadith literature, plus all of the classical biographies of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq or al-Tabari. That is reverse ganging-up. And as many writers and scholars have so remarkably demonstrated, the Bible "wins"€ out over the Qur'€™an in terms of "€œpolitical violence"€, hands down. Eric knows this, which is why he has to take every book ever written by a Muslim in history and compare it to the Bible, to make his point.

Later in the article, Bell then claims that Muhammad himself would have endorsed the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001;

One might argue that September 11, 2001 -€“ Osama Bin Laden must have been wearing his "€œWhat Would Mohammed Do?€" bracelet that day, since clearly if the "€œprophet"€ were alive on that day, he most certainly would have sanctioned the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Anyone who takes the time to study what Muslims are taught about Mohammed will realize that this man was a blood thirsty tyrant and not a man of peace. Were he alive today, Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah would make him proud.
And if devout Muslims are supposed to emulate Muhammad, that must make them €˜"what"€™ in Bell'€™s eyes??
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  •   In Bell's eyes (10+ / 0-)

    that would make them a target.  

    Why are you bringing a repeatedly-banned diarist's work here?

    With a name like "Leftist Dhimmi," you're sure to be a credible source.

    Eric, is that you again?

    Can you call yourself a real liberal if you aren't reading driftglass?

    by CJB on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:36:40 PM PDT

    •  LOL... (9+ / 0-)

      That was my thought too. Bell can't stay away, and this back-door method of posting his swill isn't going to go over well.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 03:07:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not EAB (1+ / 0-)
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        Sharon Wraight

        I'm not Eric Allen Bell. I am opposed to everything he stands for, and this article was written to expose his blatant hatred and bigotry toward Muslims in this country and abroad. There is no "backdoor" method at play here, just independent research by a person who vehemently disagrees with his views. Have you never written anything about a public figure you didn't like? Was that a "backdoor" method to promote his or her views?

    •  It is pretty damn close to HOS territory (2+ / 0-)
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      Dauphin, CJB

      as a name.

      Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 03:48:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Curious... (2+ / 0-)
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      happy camper, JDsg

      I atually wrote a diary about EAB on Friday, to let other Kossacks who dealt with him over those four flameout diaries in January and February know where he's at these days (particularly his recent interview with Bolling on FOX.) So I'm not opposed to discussing EAB's conversion to Islamophobia or his tutelage under Spencer. Yet there's something "not quite right" here, something more than the supposedly ironic username.

      Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

      by angry marmot on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 05:20:34 AM PDT

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      •  Strange coincidence (0+ / 0-)

        I'd like to read your recent diary by EAB. Look, I'm okay with people being a little cautious, but everyone here will eventually see that I'm not EAB or a supporter of his effed up right-wing ideology regarding Islam.

      •  I'm not convinced either. (0+ / 0-)

        Account started in March, yet not a single diary or comment until now?  Smells like a sock puppet to me.

        Muslims and tigers and bears, oh my!

        by JDsg on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 05:13:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  March (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, I created the account in March and was going to write a diary right-away, but the Daily Kos policy is that you have to wait two weeks before writing any diaries. I started writing for some other places, and time caught up with me. I had realized the two weeks were up a few weeks after signing up, but kept putting it off until I didn't think about it at all, until a few days ago when I decided to post an article I had written for myself. It took me a couple of days to edit it, and I finally got around to posting it on Saturday.

  •  something off here.. (5+ / 0-)

    why would anyone pick the name Dhimmi?

    What's your agenda, diarist?

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 03:29:31 PM PDT

    •  The name "Dhimmi" was chosen for satire. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight

      I am concerned about the rampant Islamophobia in this country, and one of the motifs of the Islamophobes talking points is that "the liberals and Muslims are conspiring to destroy our country." So I called myself "Leftist Dhimmi" as a way to throw that in their faces. I honestly didn't think many people would misunderstand this, especially among liberals. I guess I was wrong.

  •  Why exactly is this here? (4+ / 0-)

    Promoting the wild eyed ravings of a known nut job like EAB is not going to end well, I think.
    I shall consider republishing to Trolls.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 03:45:02 PM PDT

  •  Bell is complicated (0+ / 0-)

    See his November 2011 diary, here: http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Contrast that with his post-ban diary: http://www.dailykos.com/...  and his penultimate three, that (apparently?) got him banned: http://www.dailykos.com/...

    I tend to rec those who candidly reveal changes in their thinking.

    Others prefer consistency. *shrug*

  •  Did anyone actually read my article? (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    If you read the article, it is clear that I am NOT Eric Allen Bell, nor do I agree with his Islamophobic views. As for my name, Leftist Dhimmi, it was chosen for SATIRICAL reasons. Let's not act like Republicans, friends....

  •  I am NOT Eric Allen Bell (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    I wrote this article as a scathing review of his new website, NOT as an act of support. Anyone who actually took the time to read the article, and not simply opt for a knee-jerk reaction to his name, would have quickly and easily recognized this.

    As to why I wrote this article, it is because EAB really gets under my skin, and he pisses me off. So I wrote an article about his Islamophobic drivel. I thought this was a good site to do that, because I am a proud leftist and multiculturalist. Those words only mean positive things to me, not negative.

    •  I see that you're new here, and I'm wondering (0+ / 0-)

      whether you are aware of Bell's history with this site.

      Briefly, Bell had an account here and published over 100 largely noncontroversial diaries before he took a hard right turn into the crudest sort of Islamophobia. During the course of being driven off the site for his bigotry he registered a number of sockpuppet accounts which he used to defend his writing using a range of different strategies, including posing as a Bell critic. In addition to being a hatemonger and a pathological liar he also made a lot of personal enemies, and now he is almost universally despised here.

      Your diary got the reaction it did because of your title, your links to Bell's sites, and because you are a brand new user. If you had used a non-ironic title and presented a brief introduction at the beginning of your diary, such as "I oppose Bell and everything he stands for" I think you would have gotten a much better response. Yes, it does look like a lot of people misinterpreted your intentions here, but we are all wary of Bell's attacks on this site, and anything that looks like it might be coming from him or his followers is going to treated with suspicion.

      So that explains the reaction you got. Welcome to Daily Kos, and better luck next time.

      •  I understand now (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the overview. I know that EAB used to write some articles here, and got "voted" off for promoting his new right-wing ideology, but I didn't know the rest of the stuff you mentioned - his creating sockpuppet accounts, including ones that claim to be critiquing his views. I can understand the suspicion now.

        However, I would urge the people who judged me before even reading my article, not to allow paranoia to take control of their whole worldview, because in the end, they would end up just like Republicans and many conservatives - people who only react emotionally to perceived threats, instead of rationally researching the topic at hand and being able to discuss it intellectually.

        I'm not mad at anybody, but I was quite surprised and disappointed by the reaction I got to my first article. It's fine if people didn't like the content or style of my article. That's all up for critique. But when the majority of comments completely misinterpreted the content of my diary, as if they didn't read it at all, I got confused.

        For example, I don't know why a "supporter" or "promoter" of EAB would write something like the following about their hero:

        "And if Bell is such a spiritual libertarian, then why does he post numerous videos of far-right Christian extremists who advocate all types of "€œcrazy supernatural"€ beliefs that he so abhors in Islam? Is it possible that Eric will just pander to whoever will give him funding for his projects? After all, Islamophobia is a big money-making industry at the moment."

        "Never modest and always an inflated ego..."

        "Nice disclaimer; the old, "€œI'€™m going to hurl a million insults upon you, then say that I'€™m not a bigot and this was all done out of love"€ trick."

        "Bell then goes into some platitudes about how Mein Kampf is less anti-Semitic than the Medina portion of the Qur'€™an, that "80%" of the Qur'€™an is about "€œfighting the infidel"€, and that Islam isn'€™t "€œreally"€ a religion, but a totalitarian political ideology with a few religious elements. And the "who's paying for this evil thing?!" argument is uttered by every bigot of every people."

        "Notwithstanding the complexity of Hadith literature which does not yield universal agreement among Muslims, even if we were to entertain Eric'€™s delusion that Islam is uniquely violent among the world'€™s religions; we should only compare the Qur'€™an to the Bible, not the Qur'€™an, plus all of the Hadith literature, plus all of the classical biographies of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq or al-Tabari. That is reverse ganging-up. And as many writers and scholars have so remarkably demonstrated, the Bible "wins"€ out over the Qur'€™an in terms of "€œpolitical violence"€, hands down. Eric knows this, which is why he has to take every book ever written by a Muslim in history and compare it to the Bible, to make his point."

        Thank you for welcoming me.

  •  Just a heads up (0+ / 0-)

    I'm going to be posting another diary about EAB that I had written for myself back in February, but did not publish anywhere. I'm just giving the heads up so people don't think I am him, or are promoting his views.

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