Someone’s coming to Winner this week to make a buck off the Trump vote:
Usama K. Dakdok has been living in an RV and running an anti-Islam medicine show for quailing Americans for over a decade. Dakdok claims to have produced the only accurate English translation of the Qu’ran… because of course, a guy with degrees in Christian theology and missiology for whom English is a second language is best qualified to write the only accurate English translation of the Qu’ran.
Dakdok says that Mohammed was a sex offender; that Islam is a disease; that Allah is Satan; that every true Muslim is a barbaric, savage terrorist; and that anyone who says otherwise is a politically correct, ignorant dupe of the liberal media:
I’m no “useful idiot” for Islam. Whether we’re talking about ringing up pork products at the grocery store or showing proper and equal respect to women, Islam, like every other religion, needs to bend to the necessary unifying demands of democratic pluralism. Individuals who take their religion as a license to kill need to be restrained until they come up with a better religion.
But Dakdok appears to be wrapped up in the Fox-shouting anti-Obama nuttiness that hucksters like Annette Bosworth, Ben Carson, and, most alarmingly and successfully, Donald Trump have used to grasp for attention and money. Like Annette Bosworth, he appears to exploit fearful old folks who are easily separated from their money:
A majority of the listeners were elders. They stuffed a jar with free-will donations, $10s and $20s removed from pockets and purses. Most had never heard Dakdok speak before–he asked for a show of hands as he started–and a few had a hard time hearing, asking “What did he say?” to their neighbor. He requested they come–to the First Assembly of God church at 7 p.m. Thursday–when he speaks again [Kyle Farris, “‘Islam Is a Barbaric, Savage Cult,’ Usama Dakdok Tells Crowd in Bemidji,” Grand Forks Herald, 2015.09.09].
Dakdok preaches the tired “Obama is a Muslim” line, rejecting all evidence to the contrary by asserting that every Muslim is a liar and that every citizen who says Obama is a Christian is herself deceived. He asserts our President’s Muslim allegiance with further illogic:
President Barack Obama, he said, is a Muslim who was elected largely because he identified publicly as a Christian.
“Barack Hussein Obama is all smooth,” he said, “wears a suit and tie.
“All Muslims in America wear a suit and tie” [Farris, 2015.09.09].
Dakdok frequently wears a suit and tie in his speeches and media appearances, and he certainly makes an effort to be a smooth speaker. What shall we conclude from those facts about his true religion?
Dakdok’s argues that Islam errs because it contradicts the Bible. That’s like arguing that the Millennium Falcon‘s hyperdrive can’t work because it doesn’t use the Enterprise‘s warp technology.
Dakdok doesn’t talk about practical policy—what logical conclusion and action are we supposed to draw from his cries that Muslims are all terrorists?—rather, he just shouts the wild accusations that he knows a certain audience will pay good money to hear.
He also doesn’t mind inciting those certain audiences to menacing behavior. At his second performance in a three-day June 2014 event in Bagley, Minnesota, Dakdok tried to throw a Muslim woman out of the audience:
The audience members said the Muslim woman, who wears a religious headscarf, was part of a peaceful protest outside the hate event. She, along with others, entered the auditorium after the silent protest finished to listen to the speech. Their “Love Thy Neighbor” signs were lowered and not facing anyone inside. As the Muslim woman was quietly walking down the aisle looking for a seat, Dakdok stopped his presentation and singled her out. He asked her to leave, allegedly yelling, “Sister, I will give you one last chance to leave or I will throw you out myself!”
One attendee described an angry mob of Dakdok supporters who then began harassing the Muslim woman: “People were yelling at the Muslim woman, ‘Get out’ and ‘You weren’t invited.’ Men were getting to their feet and moving towards her to lay hands on her.”
The audience member announced he was calling the police out of concern for the Muslim woman’s safety. Godwin allegedly tried to interfere with the police call by attempting to intimidate the Good Samaritan by telling him, “Don’t you dare [call the police]. This will be on your soul.”
Three officers responded to the call, including the Bagley police chief, a Bagley police officer and a Sheriff’s Deputy. The Muslim woman was allowed to stay and an officer stayed at the event until it ended [“Police Called to Hate Event at Minnesota School After ‘Mob’ Harasses Muslim Woman,” Loonwatch, 2014.06.23].
At the following day’s event in Bagley, Dakdok laughed at criticism of that thuggish behavior and told audience members, “We all must be Islamophobes.” He then asserted that good Christians should replace the liberal pro-Muslim brainwashing in our school textbooks with Dakdok’s brainwashing:
Dakdok railed against “liberals,” who in his view allow Muslims to enter the country. He spent much of the lecture citing excerpts from various textbooks he said he disagreed with. Some implied the Bible was not literal fact, but a religious text and others referenced Jesus as originating from Palestine, not Israel. These, Dakdok assured the audience, were “lies.”
“We need to move this trash out of our public school and replace it with Jesus’ teaching,” he said. “Muslims are trying to use (it) to brainwash your children.”
He also claimed as lies excerpts from textbooks that pointed out there have been other examples of terrorism in world history besides that perpetrated by Muslim extremists and that the reasons for modern terrorism are complex.
Dakdok said the reason most of the people in the audience were older was because young people have already been exposed to the lies and thus didn’t believe in the Bible. The next time Dakdok would come to Bagley, he said, he wanted to see the audience filled with young people.
“You force your children to come and hear me,” Dakdok said [Zach Kayser, “Controversial Speaker Gives Final Presentation in Bagley,” Grand Forks Herald, 2014.06.24].
Dakdok’s comment at the top of that quote suggests he’d support banning Muslims from entering the U.S. He clearly doesn’t want them working at airports:
Good grief—expect Dakdok to make Trump’s VP short list… not that Dakdok would mind:
Dakdok will come to Winner Tuesday. He’ll preach Islamophobia. He’ll peddle lies about the President of the United States. He’ll sell a couple books and get some gas money in his jar from some nervous old ranchers and grey-haired ladies who think they’re helping do the Lord’s work. And no one in the Winner Middle School gym will go home any wiser or better equipped to do real practical political problem-solving.