Fanatic Opens Ground Zero Church, No Outrage Sighted
Opening this Sunday, two blocks from the World Trade Center site: a church called the “9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero,” run by a deranged hate preacher named Bill Keller: Bigot starts ground zero church: Where’s the outrage?
To get a sense of where Keller is coming from, consider his project’s website, which calls Islam a religion of “hate and death” whose adherents will go to hell. It also says: “Islam is a wonderful religion… for PEDOPHILES!”
Keller is the same pastor who hosted a birther infomercial that encouraged viewers to send him and a partner donations to advance the birther cause. His Internet ministry explicitly calls President Obama the new Hitler. He calls homosexuality a perversion. And in 2008, he targeted presidential contender Mitt Romney for being Mormon with a campaign called “voting for Satan.”
In short, if critics of the Park51 Islamic community center, which is explicitly welcoming of all faiths, truly believe that there is a “zone of solemnity” around ground zero (as Gov. Pat Quinn put it), they should be horrified at Keller’s 9/11 Christian Center.
Ditto for those who believe that religious leaders should not build “deliberately provocative” projects around ground zero, as another mosque opponent put it.