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June 22, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Internationally-renowned hate preacher Bilal Philips has added Bangladesh to the countries he has been banned from according to local media (HT: Tarek Fatah):

A prominent Jamaican-born Salafi scholar has been forced to leave Bangladesh for his alleged “extremist” views. 

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips left Dhaka last Wednesday after the Bangladeshi intelligence services requested him to leave the country.

Sharif Abu Hayat Apu, who is the manager of a sister company of Islamic Online University, a global educational institute founded by Dr Bilal Philips, confirmed the cleric’s forced departure.

Philips has been refused entry to the US, Britain, Australia, Germany and Kenya for his “extremist” views. The scholar has been accused of encouraging youths to go on jihad and justifying suicide bombings, claims which he strongly denies.

This would be otherwise unremarkable except for the fact that Bilal Philips was called upon to evangelize US troops in Saudi Arabia with the permission of the Pentagon during Desert Storm.

As author J.M. Berger notes in his book, “Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam,” Philips operated under the auspices of the Royal Saudi Air Force and would later utilize his network of US military Muslim converts in the cause of jihad in Bosnia. In 1995, he was named unindicted co-conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing trial.

In this Youtube video, “Da’wah in Desert Storm,” Bilal Philips talks about his evangelization efforts among American troops.

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Patrick Poole is a national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia. Follow me on Twitter.

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He's not an extremist he's just a believer; big difference.
22 weeks ago
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Perhaps not such a big difference.

Where does one draw the line at being a "mere" believer and then at throat slitting?...at bomb making?.....at wearing an explosive vest?....or preaching their Koran from a pulpit? One small toe across that line?...one foot?.....both feet and striding? .......That very elastic Koran which is not really so "moderate" at all?
22 weeks ago
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We had Joey Heatherton. She was preaching to the choir.
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