Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The Baptists take on Islam

From the Florida Times Union, Pastor Jerry Vines of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonvilles says:

''Islam was founded by Muhammad, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives -- and his last one was a 9-year-old girl. And I will tell you Allah is not Jehovah either. Jehovah's not going to turn you into a terrorist that'll try to bomb people and take the lives of thousands and thousands of people.''

The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Rev. Jack Graham, would not repudiate Vines' comments.

''His statement is actually a statement that can be confirmed,'' said Graham, a Texas pastor. ''I believe the statement is an accurate statement,'' he said.

No doubt security will be tightened both in St. Louis where the Baptists are meeting this week and in Jacksonville.