Following is the text of a letter I recently sent to 170 church pastors in York County, S.C. It was written in response to recent newspaper reports from that area that a group of pastors were claiming that Muslims are their "brothers and sisters."
These pastors are initiating inter-faith dialogue with one particular Muslim group that has existed in York County for 30 years. In an attempt to educate the York County pastors, this following letter explains some background information on the Muslim group they are attempting to dialogue with.
My name is Martin Mawyer and I am the president and founder of Christian Action Network—a Christian activist group based in Lynchburg, Virginia. We have been advocating for traditional values and the God-ordained family for more than 25 years.
Please bear with me as I unburden myself about some disturbing events that have unfolded in your area of York County, S.C.
You may have heard that a group of church leaders in your county have recently joined together to condemn what they view as growing “Islamophobia” against Muslims in this country.
This statement of condemnation comes after a plot to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York was foiled at the last minute.
I was shocked to learn that a congressional candidate from Tennessee, Robert Doggart—a prominent businessman and Navy veteran—was just hours away from carrying out a murderous, all-out attack against this Muslim group, which is known as The Muslims of America (TMOA).
There is also a TMOA compound in York, S.C., called Holy Islamville. It has existed for nearly 30 years, but primarily under a slightly different name, Muslims of the Americas (MOA). The group changed its organization in January 2013 to TMOA for the expressed purpose of disassociating itself from its checkered, criminal and terror-linked past.
Doggart and his compatriots had planned to burn down a mosque and was prepared to engage in an armed firefight with the residents at the TMOA camp in upstate New York. His actions would have been a horrific act of terrorism if successful. Fortunately, the FBI had been monitoring Doggart and he was arrested in time to prevent a wholesale slaughter of the Muslims.
After his arrest, evidence revealed a long history of physical and psychiatric illness. Doggart was undergoing treatment for depression and a personality disorder.
All of this may come as news to you as pastor of your church. Well here’s something else you may not know:
A known international terrorist, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, heads the TMOA group that was the target of the attack. You may never have heard of Sheikh Gilani before, but he was the Muslim cleric Daniel Pearl was attempting to interview in Pakistan when he was kidnapped and beheaded in February 2002.
Sheikh Gilani’s followers in America have had a long and disturbing history of terrorist and criminal activity, as documented by the FBI and the United States Department of Justice. In the past, the FBI and the U.S. State Department reports that members have committed murder, bombings, welfare fraud, white-collar crime, weapons and drug crimes, training for guerilla combat, and much more.
Why am I writing to you about this? Because the Christian pastors in York County, led by Rev. Sam McGregor of Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, have made a grave error in embracing this TMOA group …
… and an even graver error embracing Islam. That’s right, in their recent letter to The Herald, Rev. McGregor called these Muslims our “brothers and sisters.” That’s a shocking and erroneous declaration to make about a group of people whose religion is to disavow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let me be even plainer: Rev. McGregor and the other church leaders who signed the letter are in danger of profaning the Bible by asserting that they are standing “with our Muslim brothers and sisters…”
Nowhere does Rev. McGregor cite a single Scripture justifying his belief that Muslims are the “brothers and sisters” of Christians.
As the leader of a Christian advocacy group, I have a deep understanding of Islam—and an even deeper understanding of this TMOA group. I have written a best-selling book about members of this group and their terrorist background, and have also produced a documentary film called, “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around U.S.”
It goes without saying that I condemn Robert Doggart’s planned attack against TMOA, and all attacks against any Muslims. But I also strongly denounce Rev. McGregor’s call for Americans to embrace Muslims and to refrain from criticizing their savage ideology.
What does the Bible say about this?
In the New Testament, the first Christian believers were called “brothers and sisters.” How can we even think of identifying Muslims who deny Jesus Christ as the Son of God as our “brothers and sisters?”
In Matthew 4:10 Jesus said: “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ” Allah is the god of Islam. Allah is not the God of Christianity. We MUST oppose this false religion and speak the truth—instead of embracing it as Rev. McGregor wants.
In the weeks ahead I will send you more information that you can share with your congregation. In the meantime, however, I pray you will NOT join the other pastors in York County by signing Rev. McGregor’s letter.
Martin Mawyer, President