-- by Dave
I don't know about you, but I can't think of any better way to prepare our law-enforcement officers for potential terrorist attacks by teaching them that all Muslims are violent America-haters and that we should just kill them all. Also, President Obama is secretly a Muslim.
That's going to work out splendidly, isn't it?
From Chip Berlet:
This quote is from what one official involved in homeland security said was the theme of a speech by Walid Shoebat at an anti-terrorism training in Las Vegas in October 2010.
Our source had turned around after Shoebat's speech and asked the woman in the chair behind them at the conference what she thought was the solution offered by Shoebat.
"Kill them...including the children...you heard him," was the full response.
Shoebat's Las Vegas speech was described by our source as "frightening."
You may remember Shoebat. Back in 2008, the Air Force Academy brought him in to teach cadets how to hate Muslims. Now he's doing it for law enforcement. As Berlet explains:
Shoebat has said that "Islam is not the religion of God -- Islam is the devil." According to religion writer Richard Bartholomew, "Shoebat is a pseudo-expert on terrorism, Islamic extremism, and Biblical prophecy, and he teaches that Obama is a secret Muslim and that the Bible has prophesised a Muslim anti-Christ." This means for some apocalyptic Christians that Muslims then would be allies of Satan in the End Times battle between good and evil. This battle ends when Jesus returns and with a vengeful God kills all these deemed to be non-believers in Christianity. This bloody and bigoted version of apocalyptic prophesies is rejected and condemned by the Catholic and Orthodox churches and every major Protestant denomination.
Michael Riker, president of the International Counter Terrorism Officers Association, which sponsored the event in Vegas, angrily defended Shoebat in a comment to an earlier Berlet HuffPo piece:
What you hear from Walid is the TRUTH. The attendees were glued to what [Shoebat] had to say and the majority of them agreed. The liberal media is afraid to hear what the truth really is. Who has been planning attacks on our country? We are in a war of ideology and if you don't know that you need to get you head out of the sand. Before you make judgment see what is really going on then make an educated decision for yourself.
As Berlet notes, there are a number of so-called "security" training consultants who indulge in this kind of bigotry. For a complete roundup of the issue, see the Public Eye's page devoted to it.
[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]