And a lot more corrosive drivel besides. “MIM Exclusive:Neo Nazi William Baker Tells Crowd at Boca Marriott that 9-11 Hijackers Weren’t Muslims,” from Militant Islam Monitor, with thanks to Beila Rabinowitz:
BOCA RATON, FL (April 30, 2005) “Islam has come to America to call this country back to its roots,” declared the controversial Bill Baker to a crowd of over 300 men, women and children Saturday night at the Boca Raton Marriott Hotel. Baker, a self-proclaimed Christian, travels throughout America and Canada making speeches to mostly Muslim organizations, often in conjunction with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Muslim Students Associations on college campuses. The main point Baker said he wanted to make was that Christians and Muslims “have more in common than you think.”
The white haired, aging Baker appeared last on the lineup. He began by thanking his Shiite Muslim hosts and declared, “my heart is Shi’a” as he touched his chest. He cajoled and wooed the audience with an edgy sarcastic sense of humor while recounting a number of antidotal personal stories that would be difficult to verify. Despite Baker’s stated objective of enlightening the audience, he did little to explain what the two religions have in common. He asked, “why haven’t we heard more about the commonalities between Christians and Muslims?” Answering his own question he replied, “because it doesn’t serve today’s realities.” He offered no explanation of these realities. He skirted the issue of his neo-Nazi ties through a casual acknowledgement that he had detractors, and he declared he would welcome working with “Jewish brothers and sisters who practice true Judaism.”
Baker repeated the earlier Muslim guest speakers who emphatically stated that the men who destroyed the World Trade Center on 9-11 were not Muslims. Yet, in a sarcastic tone he condemned Christianity for the Crusades. Declaring a religious dissociation of people from their self-proclaimed religious affiliation is apparently only available to Muslims when they don’t live up to their own moral standards. Baker missed the opportunity to argue that the Crusaders weren’t really true Christians. Instead, he apologized to the audience on behalf of all Christians for the Crusades. Baker asserted that Islam was never spread by force and Muslim soldiers were never allowed to rape women. Had there been an opportunity for questions, one might have asked Mr. Baker to explain the well-documented ongoing brutal rape of thousands of Muslim and Christian Sudanese women, girls, and boys in Sudan by Muslim Sudanese army troops and Muslim junjaweed militia soldiers.
Collectively, Baker’s portrayals of American Christians were negative and contemptuous. He praised Muslims for their dignified observance of Ramadan and fasting without complaint, while characterizing fasting Christians as “going around with a long face,” complaining, and looking for special recognition of their sacrifice. He recounted a story of where he challenged a Christian man’s contempt of Libyan Dictator, Col. Muammar al-Qadhafi, by saying to him, “have you ever met him?” Baker claims to have met with Col. Qadhafi and liked him. Human rights organizations have document numerous gross human rights violations against Libyan citizens by Qadhafi and his regime. Baker also claims to have illegally traveled into Kashmir and risked his life to meet Muslim Kashmiris; to have had a longstanding friendship with the now deceased Sheikh Ahmad Keftaro, who was the Grand Mufti of the Republic of Syria and Head of the Supreme Council of Fatwa; and to have traveled numerous times to Saudi Arabia where he was allowed to freely practice Christianity despite Saudi law prohibiting such displays outside designated compounds in the Kingdom.
Read it all. That an American Muslim group would feature as noxious and mendacious a speaker as Bill Baker is extremely telling.