Even stopped clocks are right two times a day, so why can’t hate group leaders be half as accurate?
Internet evangelist Bill Keller, head of the anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-Mormon hate group Bill Keller Ministries, spoke the truth exactly once in a press release issued yesterday. Exhorting Christians not to follow Glenn Beck, he observed that the former Fox News entertainer “views himself as a modern day Paul Revere or Moses,” and makes money – “mostly from gullible Christians” – by scaring them into “buying gold, safes, and food insurance.”
Truer words were never spoken – unfortunately, they were spoken by a lunatic.
Beck, Keller explained in a press release yesterday, is Satan “masquerading as an angel of light.” His Mormon faith is a “satanically inspired cult” that plans to “suspend the US Constitution and enact a Mormon theocracy.” And evangelicals like David Barton and John Hagee – both major Beck champions – “have sold out the faith like Judas to give this cult member credibility within the Christian community,” thus “leaving a huge void for wolves of Satan like Beck to easily fill.”
Keller has been flogging this theme for years. In 2007, he made national news by declaring that a vote for Republican Mitt Romney, a Mormon, was equivalent to “voting for Satan.” He doubled down on that claim in November 2011, writing in a “daily devotional” sent to subscribers to his website, LivePrayer, that the 2012 presidential election would most likely “pit satan vs. satan.”
In September 2010, he proclaimed that, as subscribers to false religions, Beck and Ghandi (even though he was a “nice person”) are condemned to hell.
Unsurprisingly, Keller’s bile extends to Muslims as well. In July 2010, he announced plans to build a “9/11 Christian Center at Ground Zero” as a counter to Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (or “temple to satan,” in Keller’s words) being constructed nearby.
“Islam is a 1400-year-old lie from hell, dreamed up by Mohammed after being visited by angels of satan in his sleep,” Keller declared last year in an email begging followers to donate money to the cause. “NOW IS THE TIME, THIS IS THE MOMENT, IT IS OUR TURN TO STAND FOR CHRIST! THE SOUL OF THIS NATION HANGS IN THE BALANCE!!!” he wrote. “We will combat the lies of this world and Islam with the TRUTH. We will combat the hatred of this world and Islam with LOVE. We will combat the violence of this world and Islam with PEACE. Finally, we will combat eternal death this world and Islam brings with LIFE EVERLASTING!!!”
Keller, whose late-night TV show (which aired in Florida, where his Internet ministry is based) was cancelled in 2007 after he called the Prophet Muhammad a “murdering pedophile” and the Koran “a book of lies,” also hates President Obama. In 2009, he produced a 28-minute infomercial offering a “special look at where Barack Hussein Obama was really born.” Its featured guest was lawyer Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation, an ardent birther and subscriber to antigovernment “Patriot” ideology who earlier this year filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of antigovernment icon Bernard von Nothaus, creator of an alternative currency called the “Liberty Dollar” and head of his own marijuana-smoking church, who was convicted in March on charges of conspiracy and counterfeiting.
Keller has a sticky past of his own. According to his LivePrayer biography, “God got Bill’s attention in 1989 when he became involved in insider trading of the stock market, was convicted, lost everything, and spent the next 2 ½ years in federal prison.” While incarcerated, Keller “rededicated his life to the Lord” and earned a degree from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, an affiliate of the anti-gay, anti-Muslim Liberty Counsel. He launched LivePrayer in 1999.