Complete with chin whiskers and hair grown well past his shoulders, filmmaker Eric Allen Bell has always considered himself to be a solid liberal, until now.
Supported by hard left-leaning documentarian Michael Moore, Bell launched his own film on the controversial 53,000 square foot “mega-mosque” currently under construction in rural Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Bell admits he started the project with a bias.
Believing the opposition to the construction was due to local Evangelical Christians who believed they were being challenged on their own “home court” by the Muslims, this was essentially a question of freedom denied the Muslim minority.
Rivaling the size of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, the Murfreesboro mosque will serve the community’s approximately 300 Muslims.
According to Bell, of that number “45 are paying members” of the Islamic worship center.
Getting a Voice…
During an interview with Fox News’ Eric Bolling, Bell stated he had a change of heart after doing “serious research” on Islam (see Part I, left. Part II here).
“Bolling: What is actually happening? I only have a couple of seconds. Tell me what you found.
Bell: I found that there’s a man who raped a 9-year-old girl, who owned slaves, who killed his critics, who beheaded a tribe full of Jews named Muhammad, who is the highest moral example in Islam for 1.6 billion people.
And that this is a radical, savage religion.
The people aren’t all radical, thank God.
But the religion is the worst, most deadliest idea in the history of the world.
And we need to make sure that we keep a close eye on it in this country.”
In the second part of the interview, Bell further expounded upon his controversial findings by stating:
“There is no such thing as ‘Radical Islam.’
It doesn’t exist. Islam is radical.
Muslims, fortunately in America, not radical.
But Islam is radical to the core.”
Citing what he calls the Islamic stance on “women, gay rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion,” the result for deviation from what Islam teaches results in death sentences “for apostasy and for homosexuals.”
Bell stated that he was writing for the liberal blog The Daily Kos, but was dropped after he was told he was “right wing and an Islamophobe for pointing these things out.”
The Current Liberal Stance…
When asked of the response of liberals now that he’s had a change of perspective, Bell states:
[Laughing] “Well, they don’t return my calls.
I mean, they loved me when I was saying this is a civil rights issue.”
Bell also states that he did an hour long pre-interview with National Public Radio (NPR) which NPR has since dropped.
The filmmaker explains the NPR rationale as:
“There’s a perceptive disability that a lot of liberals have.
When I say ‘Islam,’ they hear ‘Muslim.’
So if I say ‘I’m against Islam,’ what they heard was ‘I’m against Muslims,’ which sounds like hate speech.”
And the last thing NPR wants to do is engage in what they perceive to be… hate speech.”
Provided are the links to Bell’s Facebook site, as well as his website, Global Infidel.