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Exposing David Wood: Of Mosques and Men, Pt. 1

David Wood is a Christian apologist who attempts to save Muslim souls through his organization Acts 17 Apologetics and In the past Wood and his entourage, including Nabeel Qureshi, have targeted the Dearborn Arab Festival in Michigan for proselytism.

At the 2009 Arab Festival, David Wood made a controversial, and some claim one sided video that received over a million hits on YouTube which showed them getting kicked out of the festival. They claim that they were just engaged in free speech, whereas security at the festival stated that they were insulting and harassing festival goers.

Other Evangelical Christians criticized Wood and his group as being agitators,

“The Rev. Haytham Abi Haydar, a Christian evangelical convert from Islam with Arabic Alliance Church in Dearborn, said that a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics caused the problems at this year’s Arab festival.

They put cameras in their faces and were very antagonistic,” Abi Haydar said of the group that produced the controversial video that has drawn almost 1.4 million views on YouTube.

Just recently at the 2010 Dearborn Arab Festival, David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi and two others were arrested for disorderly conduct. Obviously intending to make a scene in an attempt at more YouTube success by portraying themselves as being persecuted.

Now David Wood, whose “love of  Muslims” seems to be akin to Pamela Geller’s (who he links to favorably a number of times) is joining arms with the anti-Muslim hate group SIOA in opposing the mosque and cultural center that is to be built a few blocks away from Ground Zero.

In the following video, filled with disinformation, falsehood and inaccuracies he expounds his reasons as to why he is against the mosque, and why he sees Muslims as a lurking evil attempting to take over the West. We expose it all in this series.

Of Mosques and Men

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10 years later, two groups of Muslims, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement are planning to build a Massive 13 story mosque right here behind me.

Right off the bat we see the disinformation at work, this isn’t a “13 story mosque,” (why would Muslims need 13 stories to pray in the middle of Manhattan?). The fact is this is a cultural center, that along side a space for a mosque will contain a theater, swimming pool, restaurant and other facilities with the expressed goals of promoting tolerance and mutual co-operation between people of different and varying backgrounds.

“Understandably, many people here in the West are concerned…”

WTF? Many people in the “West” are concerned? I highly doubt the masses of people in Europe or Canada really care about this particular Islamophobia-driven agitation, unless the “many people” he is referring to is the small hate group SIOE (Stop the Islamization of Europe and parent organization of SIOA) whose main campaigns revolve around opposing mosques and other anti-Muslim initiatives.

“…this isn’t an attempt to honor the victims of 9/11 instead, it may be an attempt to build a symbol of Islamic victory. Now, I have the same concern, but mine is slightly different, my concern is slightly different, it is based on a photograph I saw, while I was still in College.

While I was in College my best friend was a Muslim named Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel showed me some photographs shortly after the September 11th attacks, and I found them quite surprising. Muslims were passing these photographs around and Nabeel thought they were absolutely hilarious. The first photograph was a picture of George W. Bush as a Muslim, and I have to admit that was actually pretty funny,

The second photograph wasn’t so funny, it was a photo shopped picture of the Statue of Liberty covered in a full veil.

Now, this one bothered me a little bit. The Statue of Liberty, the symbol of freedom and justice, covered by a full veil, a symbol of oppression and Shariah Law, now these two pictures actually worked their way around the internet and lots of people are familiar with them.

The third picture, is the one that disturbed me however, it was a photo shopped picture of New York City covered in mosques and minarets, in the bottom corner it said New York City 2006.

The idea was that the terrorist attacks had cleared the ground for the construction of new mosques.

David Wood makes some audacious claims that we are supposed to take as veritable truth upon his word. First, that the photographs he saw originated with Muslims. Second, that Muslims at his College were passing them around, (ostensibly in “celebration of 9/11”). Third, that a burka is a symbol of Shariah Law, and fourth, that the third picture was meant to convey the “idea that the terrorist attacks had cleared the ground for the construction of mosques.”

The truth is that all three of the photographs originate from a comedy website called “,” (a fact conveniently hidden by David Wood in the video) which claims to be the “largest source of internet humor.” The site is definitely not Muslim or terrorist sympathetic, essentially it is a website that has jokes about everything, and a lot of the jokes lampoon terrorists and extremists, and some of them even lampoon whole countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, etc.

For example one of their posts is titled Afghan Humour:

Q: What do Kabul and Hiroshima have in common?
A: Nothing,…. yet.

Q: How do you play Taliban bingo?
A: B-52…F-16…B-1…

Q: What is the Taliban’s national bird?
A: Duck

Q: How is Bin Laden like Fred Flintstone?
A: Both may look out their windows and see Rubble.

Q: Why does the Afghanistan Navy have glass bottom boats?
A: So they can see their Air Force.

Q: What do Osama Bin Laden and General Custer have in common?
A: They both want to know where those Tomahawks are coming from.

Q: Why aren’t there any Wal-Marts in Afghanistan?
A. Because there’s a Target on every corner.

David Wood must have seen the original post on Joe-KS which would put the pictures above into their proper context instead of the deceptive context that he has created. The pictures weren’t created or disseminated by Muslims after 9/11 as a means of celebrating or “dealing with the tragedy through humor”, in fact the post that first contained the pictures was lampooning terrorists. The post published in October 2001 was titled, If the Taliban wins the War #1, #2, #3.

David Wood makes a claim that Muslims were passing these pictures around when the truth is they were created by and disseminated by non-Muslims who were making fun of terrorists and extremists. He doesn’t provide any evidence of Muslims passing these pictures out, instead we are supposed to take him at his word.

In reality it is a clever ploy that omits the fact that not only were Muslims also victims of 9/11 but all major American Muslim organizations condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms. However, he wants to caste Muslims in a dehumanized image: ‘they are not part of our suffering, in fact they are mocking our suffering and enjoy and support 9/11.’

His disingenuous claim that the third picture is meant by Muslims to convey the idea “that the terrorist attacks had cleared the ground for the construction of mosques” is a cynical attempt to link the humor piece deriding the Taliban to the current construction of the Cordoba Cultural Center.

He attempts to instill in the minds of his watchers the idea that this was the plan all along. In doing so he asserts the interesting, if off the wall conspiracy theory that Osama Bin Laden was somehow in cahoots with the founder of the Cordoba Initiative Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, (a Sufi Imam who has condemned Bin Laden and supported the War in Afghanistan).

You see, the plan all along to subvert and take over the West was that Bin Laden’s goons would fly planes into the Twin Towers, then ten years later Imam Abdul Rauf, (who has never spoken to or met Bin Laden) would telepathically (through secret Muslim Taqqiyah radar) communicate with Bin Laden to receive orders to stealthily build a gigantic 13 story Mosque a few blocks away from Ground Zero!

Stay tuned for part 2…

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  • Amy

    Yahya perhaps you’d like to post your articles on David Wood? The readers on here would get a furhter glimpse on him.
    I’ve seen him post on Atlas Shrugs several times, trying to propogate his site. And he’s a close ally of Rob Spencer.

  • Abdullah

    Ergun Caner has been removed as dean at Liberty University because of his fraud.

    Washington Post: He is not the only frauster

    Video evidence of Ergun’s unabashed lies

  • I have been following this “evangelist” for some time now and I conclude he is an egomaniac manipulating sincere Christians under a false pretence of the Church.

    Wood told me his blog is not about evangelising to Muslims but about “warning” non-Muslims about Islam.

    Recently, this man collected financial donations from sincere Christians and with that cash he marched a few impressionable Christians to the Arab Festival in Dearborn with cameras in tow…this was all under the false guise of preaching to Muslims.

    All the while this egomaniac(DavidWood) was taping Muslims in order to obtain negative video footage of Muslims so he could show case that material in order to “warn” non-Muslims about Islam (and of course to get some publicity for David Wood, after all, he was starved of attention as Muslims refused to debate him because of his sub-Christian behaviour)…for your info the man got thrown in jail for his egomaniacal activities in Dearborn…he is trying to get publicity mileage out of this now and according to him the police in Dearborn are enforcing sharia?!?

    It gets worse, I hope you people are sitting down; this egomaniac is even using verses from the Bible and comparing himself with the Apostles!!!!!!

    I was wondering when this egomaniac would debut on this site…well I don’t need to wonder anymore

    I even tried to help reform David Wood as his behaviour was clearly out of sync with normal Christian behaviour, my efforts clearly yielded no results

    Thanks to the kind brother who alerted me about this interesting article and discussion

  • zaytoon88

    Good job, Garibaldi

    However, I have to agree with Nazam. There is a consensus among Muslim scholars that the “Ahmadis” (also known as the “Qadianis”) are NOT Muslim.

  • loon watch? or muslim lunch?

    is this site run by Muslims targeting submissive dhimmis?

  • David Wood’s online bio at the Acts 17 website says that he’s a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. It doesn’t say where, though, which I found interesting. A quick bit of Googling and you can find some web pages that tell us where he teaches at.

    That would be Fordham University.

    I checked Fordham’s class schedules, and yes, there is a “David A. Wood” who has taught a section of Fordham’s version of “Philosophy 101” to freshmen in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, and is scheduled to teach it again (but no restriction on it being merely for freshmen) in Fall 2010.

    Question: why would David Wood be afraid to mention his affiliation with Fordham? It appears that he teaches there, he may be getting his Ph.D from there…is he perhaps concerned that the good Jesuits that run the place might not be down with his virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • KnowingTheTruth

    I saw the video of people I know from Youtube posting the video of both these men being arrested. But look I have no problems with people preaching Christianity to others but when guys like these two are causing major problems to a group of people then I do have a problem. Both these guys are making their fellow Christians look bad and I’m sure many good Christians aren’t happy what they did.

  • Jansen

    Ahmedis, or as they are known in Pakistan Qadiyanis are like the “Muslim” version of Jehovah Witnesses. That’s the “peaceful sect” that David Wood is alluding too. It isn’t even a legitimate Muslim sect.

  • @iSherif,

    Thanks for the compliment and the helpful links.

    Pat Condell is on our radar. We might do something on his rants in the near future. Keep sending us tips!

  • iSherif

    Wonderful article Garibaldi! Can’t wait for Part II 🙂

    Brother Yahya Snow has also been doing a great job deconstructing the ‘smooth apologetics’ (one of Spencer’s fav phrases!) of David Wood and friends. You can find his blog at:

    Also, it’ll be great if LW does a piece sometime on Pat Condell, the YouTube bigot. A quick search on Google shows no one’s really taken him down yet. Tho I must say I did enjoy this hilarious Scottish guy’s rants:

  • Ali Azizi

    What does it say about these people that in the name of their God they revert to spreading lies? They are no different than the insects who call themselves Al-Qaida who do the same thing with violent results.

  • @Garibaldi,
    Good article! I echo the others looking forward to the next piece.

    It is a wonder to look at how low individuals will stoop to just to get their point across.

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  • schmorgus

    Saw this comment on Paul Williams’ website,

    “Its not a good day to be an anti-Islamic Christian apologist. Now we can add David and Nabeel to the growing list of discredited anti-Islamic Christian apologists like Jimmy Swaggart (being with prostitutes), Anis Shorrosh (arson and tax fraud), Sam Shamoun (lying, filthy mouth), James White (fabricating references) and Ergun Caner (lying about his past).

    Not very exalted company, I think.”

  • Nazam

    Excellent piece, the only thing is I wouldn’t call Ahmediyyah ‘Ahmedi Muslim’ just Qadiani as no one considers them to be Muslim in the first place, not even a sect within Islam.

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  • Ustadh


    I was just thinking the same thing. This guy is a complete loser.

  • mindy1

    Ya know, if this is the best they have, there should be no problems 😛

  • IbnAbuTalib

    “through secret Muslim Taqqiyah radar”

    Lol! This is hilarious.

  • Thanks Ustadh and Paul!

    If David Wood seeks to be a successful Christian apologist, he needs at the very least to get his facts right. It also helps to not mock, belittle and put down the people you are trying to win to your faith.

  • IbnAbuTalib

    For all who didn’t know. David Wood did time in jail for trying to murder his father. From my debate experience with him, all I can say is that this guy is really a lying psychopath.

  • Excellent article. I look forward to part 2 🙂

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  • Ustadh

    Thanks for the great piece. I am looking forward to part.2!

    David Wood and his buddy Nabeel are known as a couple of clowns, they are constantly stretching the truth or out right lying and deceiving in an attempt to win hearts to Jesus. Pretty sad.

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