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Pastor with a Past to Host Anti-Islam Conference

By Leah Nelson on November 10, 2011 - 1:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

The anti-Shariah conference to be held tomorrow at an Assemblies of God megachurch in Madison, Tenn., was very nearly canceled. A few weeks ago, the Nashville hotel that was scheduled to host it abruptly canceled its contract. Maury Davis, flamboyant pastor of the Cornerstone Church, saved the day when he agreed to let the coalition rent his church for the event.

“I want to know what is Sharia law, how did it come about, what does it mean and how is it implemented – just as a citizen and as a Christian, what is Sharia law?” Davis told the Christian Post.

A quick look at Davis’ history reveals that this comment was more than a little disingenuous. According to the Tennessean, Cornerstone Church has been a hotbed of anti-Islam sentiment since at least 2009, when Davis delivered a sermon titled “Islam: the Evil Religion,” warning his congregants to take a “love the sinner, hate the sin” approach to Islam.

“Islam is evil,” he reportedly said. “But not all Muslims are evil.”

Also in 2009, the church hosted a viewing of “The Forgotten People,” a film upbraiding Christians for allowing the Holocaust to happen and warning that radical Islam could be the cause of another Holocaust. Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who once called Islam “the ideology of a retarded culture,” spoke at Cornerstone last May.

Muslims aren’t the only target of Davis’ sermonizing. In 2009, he said that people who support gay marriage do so “out of the issues of a bad heart.” And in a 2010 column for the Tennessean, he wrote that “Jesus made it clear that Heaven is intolerant of any attempt at illegal immigration.”

You might imagine he would be more forgiving – for Davis is a pastor with a past. As detailed in a 2009 profile in the Nashville Scene, Davis is a convicted felon who spent 1975 to 1983 in a Texas prison for manslaughter before coming to Cornerstone – a story that features prominently in his sermons. His success as a pastor has been astronomical: The church, whose congregation numbered 250 when he arrived in 1991, now has nearly 4,000 members, and 100,000 more are said to tune in to Davis’ weekly sermons. Davis been a guest chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives (where he prayed that the laws passed would “help to perpetuate our national Christian heritage, and that their lives will leave a legacy of good, not of evil,”) and has appeared on Fox News, where he told Mike Huckabee the story of his rise from felon to megachurch pastor.

Cornerstone itself has been the scene of many spectacles. During a 2008 Memorial Day event, soldiers rappelled from the ceiling while Col. Oliver North addressed the crowd. On July 4, 2009, it hosted a rodeo complete with what was reportedly Nashville’s largest indoor pyrotechnics display. A promotional video for the rodeo invited Tennesseans to “Join Pastor Maury Davis as he preaches the illustrated sermon, ‘No More Bull.’”

  • IThink

    I really wish that they would not use us (Jews) to make their illogical points. In point of fact, most of these whack jobs hate us as much as they hate Islam. They are just to afraid to say it. To obfuscate this hate, they conflate Judaism with support for Israel. Their Israel fetish is based upon the rapture – where all the Jews die.~David Hart~

    If you want to see their views on Jews analyzed, I suggest looking up Fred Clarke’s review of Left Behind(the first one and his series on Left Behind: Tribulation Force). Clarke shows that as much as these people talk about Israel and Jews, they have devoted almost no time to learning what Jews actually believe, and they see Jews and Israel as little more than actors in their prophesy play.~Ruslan Amirkhanov~

    These two quotes of course sum up the inherent and manifest hypocrisy of the entire Religious Right and the fundamentalist Christian worldview; groups and individuals once designated as mortal enemies (Jews and blacks) behind some non-existent communist plot to overtake America, are now their only hopes of new recruitment when they see their outsized influence and numbers in relative decline. They don’t care about their interests on principle and just further hold these bloody shirts up to create Muslims and Islam as a scapegoat detrimental to society with no reason or logic applied to save the rest of us from their equally-dangerous themselves.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Don’t worry David, the Rapture believers have a wonderful view of what will happen to Jews. See, some Jews will “see the light” and convert to Christianity, because according to Evangelical Christians, all the Jewish prophesies point to Jesus as the Messiah. And all the Jews who are skeptical, and decide to continue being Jews…well…they die. I guess it’s not so flattering after all.

    If you want to see their views on Jews analyzed, I suggest looking up Fred Clarke’s review of Left Behind(the first one and his series on Left Behind: Tribulation Force). Clarke shows that as much as these people talk about Israel and Jews, they have devoted almost no time to learning what Jews actually believe, and they see Jews and Israel as little more than actors in their prophesy play.

  • Shadow Wolf

    They sure love to hide their xenophobia behind their guns and religion, don’t they?

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Ruslan,

    Of course he did. But he’s also a hardcore conservative evangelical. And that’s good enough for most of these people.

    And since Reagan was behind Iran-Contra, they assume it was sent by God.

    Scary stuff.

  • James

    So…if Heaven is intolerant of illegal immigration then geert wilders, maury davis and the rest of the right wing evangicals have absolutely no chance of getting there now..do they?

  • David Hart

    I really wish that they would not use us (Jews) to make their illogical points. In point of fact, most of these whack jobs hate us as much as they hate Islam. They are just to afraid to say it. To obfuscate this hate, they conflate Judaism with support for Israel. Their Israel fetish is based upon the rapture – where all the Jews die.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Excuse me but didn’t Ollie North facilitate the transfer of weapons to Iran?

  • ModerateMike

    “Jesus made it clear that Heaven is intolerant of any attempt at illegal immigration.”

    Even if you’re in danger from a gang that has threatened to kill you if you don’t join?

  • Brian

    I think it’s fair to say that the ideology of Geert Wilders and his ilk is an ideology of a retarded culture….

  • CIA Jon

    I’m glad Rubio and Rick Scott decided not to attend that tea party event here in Florida with Pamella Geller

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Col. Ollie North. Now he’s a man our country should be looking up to.

    Yikes.