US pastor slammed for anti-Islam rant

A prominent US pastor and a former advisor to President George W. Bush has drawn fire from leaders in the Muslim minority, rights activists and politicians for calling Islam a “dangerous” religion.

“It appears that he doesn’t have that much knowledge about Islam,” Altaf Ali, executive director of the Florida Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, told The Miami Herald on Saturday, July 8. He said he has tried unsuccessfully to meet with Dozier.

Appearing on the Steve Kane Radio Show, The Rev. O’Neal Dozier, a Broward clergyman and an ally of Governor Jeb Bush, criticized Islam as a “cult” religion.

“The Islamic religion in my view is a cult,” Dozier told the Herald Friday, July 7, when asked to recap the controversial comments he made earlier on the show. “On the show I said that Islam is a dangerous religion,” he added, refusing to disavow his comments.

Islam Online, 8 July 2006