Under pressure from two U.S. Representatives, the Bloomfield Hills (Michigan) Baptist Church canceled an event that was entitled: “9/11 forgotten? Is Michigan surrendering to Islam.”
The event was to feature ex-Muslim Shahram Hadian speaking on “How the Interfaith Movement is Sabotaging America and the Church” and economist and investigative reporter James Simpson discussing “How Islam is Destroying America from Within.”
Shahram Hadian was born in Iran and raised as a Muslim. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the Shah’s army, saw the Islamic Revolution coming, and fled to the United States, and later to Canada, with his family in December, 1978, less than two months before an Islamic theocracy seized control of Iran. Shahram Hadian converted to Christianity in 1988, became a Christian minister, and has founded "The TIL Project” (Truth in Love). He is a sought-after speaker, and his videos can be viewed on Youtube.com.
James Simpson is a former budget examiner for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and now an investigative journalist and conservative activist. His latest book is entitled, “The Red-Green Axis: An Essential Threat to America and the World,” and discusses the frequently-noted alliance between the Left and Islam.
After the Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church bowed to official and non-official pressure to cancel the event, it became a “webinar” or streaming event, but did not take place at the church. The church’s pastor, Donald McKay, denied that it was an “anti-Muslim” event. He stated that, “We don’t hate Muslims, we hate the ideology they are identified with.”
The pressure to cancel the event came initially from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Contrary to Ilhan Omar (aka Ilhan Elmi), who stated that CAIR was founded in 2001 to protect Muslim rights after “some people did something” on 9/11, CAIR was actually founded in 1994 to lobby for special treatment for Muslims.
Two Democratic members of the House of Representatives from Michigan, Andy Levin and Debbie Dingell, issued a joint statement admonishing against “hate” and changing the subject to “white supremacy”:
“There is no place for hate in Metro Detroit, in Michigan or anywhere in the United States. We implore the Bloomfield Baptist Church to forgo the anti-Muslim events planned for next week and instead recognize America’s rich cultural and religious diversity as we reflect on one of the most painful days in our country’s history and heal from recent acts of white supremacist violence.”
It is very troubling that these congresspeople imagine it is their job to police what goes on within the walls of a Baptist Church, but before returning to that topic we should note that both of these particular congress critters represent what ChurchMouse might call “rotten boroughs”: completely safe one-party seats that have been handed down from father to son like a baronetcy or a country estate.
Debbie Dingell holds a seat that has been in her family for 86 years. John Dingell, Sr. held the seat from 1933 to 1955, after which John Dingell, Jr. held the seat for 60 years. “The second Duke of Dingell,” writes Mark Steyn, “retired in 2015 and bequeathed his constituency to his somewhat younger bride, now his relict, Debbie Dingell, who on current Michigan actuarial trends will be occupying the Dingell ancestral seat until well into its second century.”
Andy Levin is a freshman congressman who was just elected last year, but he’s the son of Sander Levin, who held the seat he just assumed for the previous 36 years, from 1983 to 2019. Sander Levin is the older brother of Carl Levin, a U.S. senator from Michigan for 46 years, from 1979 to 2015.
Considering their backgrounds, it is little wonder Debbie Dingell and Andy Levin are confused about what is appropriate behavior for a congressional representative in a democratic republic: they think, with good reason, that they are a queen and a king in their little hereditary monarchies. But in America, our congress people are not suppose to tell us what to preach, teach, or worry about in our churches.
You can agree or disagree with the Bloomfield Hills Baptists that we should worry about the adherents of a newly re-vivified militant Islam pouring into the Unites States and other Western countries by the hundreds of thousands. Most churches, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church, are following some variant of the “interfaith movement” approach, extolling the virtues of immigrants and open borders, and cozying up to Islam and its various advocacy groups. But whatever we think about Islam and how Christians should react to it or approach it, we should all be agreed that it isn’t the place of our congressional representatives to try to shut down church seminars that don’t toe the line of the official multi-culturalist ideology. Neither Debbie nor Andy, nor any of their descendants who inherit their congressional seats, should be able to tell the Baptist church of Bloomfield Hills what to think or say on the subject.
Just now our ruling elite is allied with the Muslims, because the Left and Islam share a common goal of destroying Western Civilization, so criticism of Islam is Verboten!, whereas Catholics are a largely unprotected class that it is permissible to beat up on, at least rhetorically. But what if things were to change, as no doubt they eventually will—they always do—and some Adventist Church were to hold a series of meetings teaching . . . well, what Adventists have always taught about the Papacy and its role in Bible prophecy? It is easy to imagine some congressional representatives putting out a statement saying, “There is no place for hate and anti-Catholic bigotry in Metro Detroit, in Michigan, or anyplace else in America.”
If we think clearly about our own situation, we will stand up for the Baptists of Bloomfield Hills and condemn the baronial overreach of the Duchess of Dingle and little Lord Levin. Hey, you two, crawl back into your hereditary sinecures; you don’t govern the churches of Michigan, which enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to peaceably assemble and point out the insanity of importing millions of people whose religion requires them to disdain and trample upon the freedoms of religion and speech.
And of course the answer to the Bloomfield Baptists’ question is: yes, 9/11 has been forgotten, and Michigan is indeed surrendering to Islam.
Here is a lecture by Shahram Hadian. It is a little long (an hour and 21 minutes), and I don’t agree with everything he says, but it is a very good explanation, in lay terms, of why Islam is incompatible with the United States Constitution.