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Pastor Rick Warren Embraces Islam — Yusuf Islam, to be Precise

"America's pastor" brags, then deletes tweet.

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Bryan Preston

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October 9, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Pastor Rick Warren, whose sermons, books, church org charts and teachings have worked their way into every nook and cranny of Christendom over the past decade or so, met recently* with Yusuf Islam.

Yusuf Islam is better known by the name he went by before he converted to Islam: Cat Stevens. Stevens converted to Islam in 1977 and changed his name to Yusuf Islam.

The singer of “Peace Train” has been known to espouse radical, even violent, Islamist ideas. In 1989, after the government of Iran issued a fatwa calling for the murder of author Salman Rusdhie, Mr. Islam rushed to back that fatwa. He said that if he knew where Rushdie was hiding, he would personally call up the Ayatollah to give that location away — which would have resulted in Rushdie’s murder. Islam has never recanted that, and remains a fundamentalist Muslim today.

Pastor Warren tweeted about meeting Islam on October 4. Robert Spencer captured this screenshot of the meeting and posted it at Jihad Watch.

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But a Google search today reveals something curious: Warren has deleted the tweet.

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“America’s pastor” may have been surprised by Stevens/Islam’s views when confronted with them online after his tweet, but Stevens/Islam’s radical views have been known publicly for years. Spencer notes that this isn’t the first time Warren has gotten cozy with Islamists. In 2009 he addressed a Hamas convention. In 2006, Warren also praised Syria’s “moderate” government. That government is currently waging civil war in which more than 100,000 have died. After controversy erupted following Warren’s visit to Syria, Warren blamed Rev. Franklin Graham and also  journalists for reporting it.

*Originally I wrote that Warren met Islam Tuesday, but that was incorrect. Warren tweeted about meeting with Islam on October 4.

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Cross-posted from the PJ Tatler

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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when you reject authority, you can end up as Rick Warren.
maybe others, even those who are long dead, have more wisdom and we can learn from them.
41 weeks ago
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There's nothing really wrong with Warren, a pastor, being willing to meet with someone of the Muslim faith -- even someone with a history of violence. Christians believe no one is beyond God's reach and we are called to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

But if that was Warren's intent -- if he met with Islam/Stevens (whatever) to share the gospel with him -- why tweet about it?
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yes, why tweet about it? And then why cover his tracks?

Paula, do a search on "breath prayers", and then ask yourself why Warren promotes this New Age practice.

The BEST case that can be made for Warren is that he's a well-meaning man with close to ZERO discernment.
41 weeks ago
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Warren is one of those people that never really sees things as they really are. He is always looking for good and never sees the evil in the world that are being comitted by Mulsims. In my view, as reading a couple of his books, that he is like a lot of so-called christian ministers, that basely tells people what they won't to hear. Zero discernment and understaning of the real world.
41 weeks ago
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Rick Warren has a habit of being chummy with evil people, and then covering his tracks (I'm putting that gently) when he's called on it.

A few years back, WND ran a series on him meeting with some other Islamists, and Warren flat out lied about it when he was called on it. Website info was changed, stories were changed.

At least when Billy & Franklin Graham visit communist countries and get led around by the nose, then come back and sing the praises of the communists, they are sincerely naive, and they don't lie about it. So, yes, they are clueless, but they are well-meaning & honestly clueless.

Not so Rick Warren.
41 weeks ago
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Franklin Graham singing the praises of communists? I'd be interested in seeing examples of that. On the contrary, I've heard him being very critical of regimes like N. Korea that starve their citizens and persecute political and religious dissidents.

That said, I think there is a certain diplomacy that's required for groups like Samaritan's Purse in order for them to gain access to "closed" countries like N. Korea and Muslim countries that are hostile to Christianity. Being polite to one's hosts and showing gratitude for their hospitality isn't the same as "singing the praises of the communists."
41 weeks ago
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Franklin made a trip to China a few years ago, and came back singing the praises of their wonderful religious liberty. It was deja vu all over again - a repeat of his father's visit to the Soviet Union many years ago. Same. Stupid. Naiveté. Same torment to believers there who know better.

Well, at least Franklin is sound on the gospel. Unlike his father, he doesn't believe that Muslims, Bhuddists, et al will be saved without ever accepting Christ.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=billy+graham+denies+jesus&oq=billy+graham&gs_l=youtube.1.2.0l10.606.3582.0.4940.12.7.0.5.5.0.187.966.0j7.7.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.iS1KICHLIAg
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