Bill Warner (writer)
Bill French (born 1941, United States), known by the pseudonym Bill Warner, is a critic of Islam, a writer and the founder of the Center for the Study of Political Islam. He is a former Tennessee State University physics professor. He is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as part of a core group of 10 Anti-Muslim hard-liners.
Warner has said that his focus is on the political aspects of Islamic doctrine related to kafirs (non-Muslims) rather than on the beliefs of contemporary Muslims. His books are based on the premise that Islam as a religion and what he refers to as Political Islam should be clearly delineated. Islam as a faith is an individual’s private decision and it should be treated with respect and tolerance.[according to whom?] Warner defines "political Islam," which he also calls Islamism, "as a belief that Islam should control society and politics, not simply personal religious life."
Warner graduated from North Carolina State University where he got his PhD. in physics and mathematics in 1968. After the September 11th Attacks, he decided to make Islamic texts more accessible to the public. He has said that he gained a knowledge of Islam by studying all the Islamic texts he considered relevant from the time he was 30 years old.
In his works, Warner does not address opinions of individual Muslims concerning Non-Muslims but only the relationship between Islamic doctrine and Non-believers. He narrows his focus to the part of Islam which is related to Non-believers - Kafirs. He calls this part of Islam ”Political Islam“. Its goal, according to Warner, is to dominate over all things and the entire world should submit to its rules. Warner shows contradictions between the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam and western freedoms which are contained in innumerable documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Bill Warner does not consider Political Islam to be compatible with the system of the western world“.
Middlebury Institute professor and terrorism expert Jeffrey M. Bale refers to Warner as an example of writers he calls "Islam-Bashers" due to their identification of Islam with Islamism. According to Bale, these writers relate all the negative characteristics associated with Islamism with Islam as a whole, alleging that "such characteristics are intrinsic to Islam itself, and therefore that Islamism and jihadism are simply logical extensions - or simple applications in practice - of the authentic tenets and core values of Islam." He argues that, what they "fail to acknowledge is that these particular interpretations are by no means the only possible interpretations of core Islamic doctrines, traditions, and values, nor are they necessarily the most authentic, valid, or widely shared interpretations." This he says, is like claiming that Christian Reconstructionism is identical to Christianity.
A "Homeland Security Summit" organised by Republican gubernatiorial candidate Mae Beavers to take place at Trevecca Nazarene University in January 2018 was cancelled by the university after the speakers, who included Warner, were described as a "who's who of Islamophobes" by the Council on American–Islamic Relations.
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