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Televangelist loses broadcast after slamming Islam

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 29, 2007 | 10:07 am

Wow. I missed this yesterday, but the DMN religion blog caught it. The pope has nothing on the incendiary statements of (former tel)-evangelist Bill Keller:

A station in St. Petersburg has pulled the plug on Bill Keller, who said in a May 2 broadcast that Islam is a “1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell” and that the Prophet Muhammad was a “murdering pedophile.” He also called the Quran a “book of fables and a book of lies.”

Here’s the story by Sherri Day of the St. Pete Times.

Keller says he was canned because of pressure from the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The TV station says, no, the decision was just a programming one, whatever that means.

Day writes: “This is not the first time Keller, 49, has upset religious groups. Since he began his Live Prayer Internet ministry in 1999, he has skewered Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists, calling them false religions and cults. He also speaks against abortion, calls Oprah a ‘new age witch’ for embracing diverse religions and says megachurch pastor Joel Osteen is a ‘gutless wonder.’ “


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