A local reporter called me (Ahmed Bedier) the other day for reaction on a story about the distribution of hateful anti-Muslim flyers in a Seminole, Florida neighborhood. The reporter sent me a copy of a payer flyer cut in the shape of a door-knob handle similar to those used for marketing pizza coupons.
The flyer's - a copy is available here - heading asks in bold caps "ARE YOU READY?", followed by a list of lies. Here are some of them:
-Muslim Extremists have been stockpiling anthrax in this country for years
-Several suit-case sized nuclear bombs are thought to have been smuggled across the Mexican border into our country.
-Within 3 days over 100 million Americans could die of Anthrax Poison
Then it asks the QUESTION "Are you ready for eternity? Do you know for sure that you're going to heaven?
Wait a minute, I thought this was about securing the country from the anthrax and nukes. The flyer goes on to say:
Jesus paid for the sins of the whole world. He suffered a horrible death for us and took our punishment so we wouldn't have to go to hell. There is only one unpardonable sin, rejecting Jesus as our Savior. Terrorism is a real tragedy, but eternity without Christ is the greatest tragedy.
The newspaper learned about this bigoted trash from a couple who got a copy of this flyer on their door. The informed the paper that the entire neighborhood was flooded with this junk.
It's unfortunate that we live in a time where individuals and groups (including religious) are exploiting existing fears to promote their own cause.