Patrick Poole is busy slinging anti-Muslim rhetoric again, and RABid is only too eager to lap it up. Now, I’m just way too busy to pick apart this most recent article line-by-line (Update: IOW, I’m going to go ahead and assume it follows his typical pattern of drawing dubious conclusions from tenuous “evidence”), but allow me to point something out about Mr. Poole:

In 1999 FISA was eeeeeviil. In 2005, it’s a necessary tool on the WoT, and Bush’s use of it is no different than Clinton’s or Carter’s (which is a demonstrably false statement).

And there’s this amusing “rebuttal” of OSU’s National Security Studies’ chair Dr. John Mueller statement that there almost no terrorists in the United States, and few who have the means or inclination to strike us from abroad.

Patrick Poole is a hack. I’m not surprised that his publishing history includes writing for WorldNetDaily and most currently FrontPageMag, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as “supporting efforts to make bigoted and discredited ideas respectable.” In searching for Mr. Poole’s history, I found one reference that listed him as a “lecturer in government and economics” at the Bannockburn College (alternately: Bannock Burn College) in Franklin TN. Interestingly, I was unable to locate a Bannockburn College in my searching this morning; however I was able to locate a King’s Meadow Study Center that is “seeking to establish a classical Christian college that serves as a missional extension of Christ’s church”, and who are seeking to be authorized by the state of Tennessee as a college. Bannockburn College appears to be the “college” of King’s Meadow.

Interestingly, King’s Meadow’s founder is a Dr. George Grant, a Christian Reconstructionist with close ties to Dr. D. James Kennedy, a founder of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and original member of the Moral Majority’s board of directors. Additionally, Kennedy served on the initial executive board of the Coalition for Religious Freedom (CRF), a group established by Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church while Moon was in prison in 1984. Also on CRF’s executive board: Jerry Falwell, James Robinson, Jimmy Swaggart, and Tim LaHaye (co-author of the ‘Left Behind’ books).

It seems reasonable to believe that Poole and Grant share a number of opinions, since Poole served as a lecturer at Grant’s unaccredited religious college. Thankfully, Dr. Grant’s views can be found on YouTube: here is just one example of many. Grant’s views can also be found at ForeRunner.

I think we’d all be better off ignoring Patrick Poole. Even 30%ers who still approve of President Bush. Sadly, I suspect much of Ohio’s right-wing blogosphere will continue to listen to Poole’s sloppily constructed conspiracies.

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