An outspoken supporter of the Murfreesboro mosque has switched sides and joined the anti-Islam movement.
Eric Allen Bell, a documentary filmmaker from California, was a fixture at court hearings and protests over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in 2010.
Back then, he was making a movie called Not Welcome, which depicted mosque critics as Southern Christian bigots.
Now he says the mosque is part of a plot to destroy America. He says the mosque is “built on a foundation of lies” in a recent op-ed piece at the anti-Islam site JihadWatch.com.
“I want to communicate that the biggest threat to human rights is Islam,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Mosque supporters say they feel betrayed by Bell. They even wonder if he was a fraud or has been paid off by anti-Muslim groups.
“Only a hired gun would switch sides like this,” said Jace Short of Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom.
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Bell’s op-ed piece recounts the legal troubles of former Islamic Center spokeswoman Camie Ayash, a convicted felon who served prison time in Florida. He claims the mosque got special treatment from county officials and said he suspects mosque leaders of terrorist ties.
He also accused Lema Sbenaty, a college student who works at a local pharmacy, of leaking confidential medical information about mosque foes to him for his documentary.
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Bell is writing a book about his experience and has started a new website, called GlobalInfidel.tv, which he calls a Facebook-style social network for critics of Islam.
Last Thursday, Steve Amundson, a colleague in The United West from California wrote me about lending Bell a hand about some grist for a Front Page Magazine (FPM) piece that was ultimately published yesterday. He was looking for screen shots from the website of a former ICM board member, Mosaad Rawash that Steve Emerson had captured and translated indicating Hamas connections. So I called Bell and told him I would try and find the original Power Point presentation and send it to him. Fortunately we had saved a Power Point presentation developed from the background investigations that Emerson and his Investigative project Team, Liz Coker a local activist and ICM opponent had developed information supplemented by Islamic Society of North America and Muslim America Society pamphlets secured by former Smyrna resident Susan Redmond during an open house in the ‘hot’ summer of 2010. Give Bell credit, in his Front PageMagazine article he gave attribution to the investigative team whose inputs we composed in the ICM background investigation Power Point presentation ultimately used by Liz Coker before a meeting of the Rutherford County Public Safety Committee in late September 2010. (See a Vimeo video version of the Power Point presentation in our October 2010 NER article, “The Murfreesboro Mosque Conflict Chronicles”. That version was produced with the assistance of our colleague in Canada at the Vladtepesblog.)
Below is the FPM article published by Bell. So Bell is not only a convert to the cause, but a mensch for touting the sources who created the evidence of the Hamas links to the ICM Mosque board.
Editor’s note: The compilation of materials used in this article are the result of a collaboration between Steve Emerson, of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Elizabeth Coker, a retired journalist and stay-at-home-mom, Jerry Gordon, former Army Intelligence officer and a Senior Editor for New English Review, and Eric Allen Bell, Filmmaker and writer. This article was written by Eric Allen Bell who was at one time a staunch pro-mosque supporter, who had a complete change in perspective after the Arab Spring. Bell was banned as a writer from the Daily Kos after he published 3 stories critical of Islam, which ran afoul of the mindset there. For more on that, read “The High Price of Telling the Truth about Islam.”
Sheik Yassin founder of Hamas Hamas Pledge
Pictured Above: Hamas Founder Sheik Yassin and A Hamas Terrorism Pledge, posted online by a trusted Board Member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, TN.