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At these conferences and seminars, Morey and his supporters usually make the following claims:
•Morey is on a Hamas assassination list.
•The FBI once foiled an assassination attempt against Morey.
•An Israeli policy to take land from Palestinians after every Palestinian suicide attack was instituted after Israeli military officials consulted with Morey.
•Morey has read every book the Library of Congress offers on Islam—about 7,000.
•The first commentator on national radio to identify Osama bin Laden as the mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa was Morey.
•He predicted the 1993 World Trade Center attack two weeks before it happened.
•Morey worked as a consultant with the Los Angeles Police Department, who wanted to know if Muslims would "shoot them or kill them" if officers entered Southern California mosques to seize computers.
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In November 2001, Morey told a San Diego church he had advised the State Department to blow up the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina if they wanted to win the war on terror quickly. "These cities could be vaporized in minutes, and there is nothing that the Saudis or any other Muslim country could do to stop us," Morey wrote in his 2002 Winning the War Against Radical Islam. "With these surgical strikes, few lives would be lost. And, with three strikes against them, Islam is out!"
The State Department didn't agree with his idea, Morey told the church audience, because State is "full of wusses."
"Like the heroic figure 'Valiant for Truth' from Pilgrim's Progress, Dr. Robert A. Morey has been waging warfare against the enemies of the Gospel for 40 years," his website once boasted. "His books are weapons that he has forged in the fires of biblical truth, and you can use them to defeat the enemies of Christ."
Morey's claims are repeated over and over by conservatives, but little of the Morey story is verifiable. A spokesperson for the FBI refused comment, as did the Los Angeles Police Department—which did say it was "highly unlikely" they would have used Morey. In 2004, Faith Theological Seminary asked Morey to return his doctorate while the school determined whether he had earned it. When Morey accused Faith principal Timotheus Nasir of being a Muslim, the school revoked Morey's doctorate "in the light of his un-Christian behavior, [and] below-Christian-standard Christian services that have brought sham [sic] to Christianity and his ignorance to the Word of God." What's more, according to Nasir, Morey's doctorate was never legitimate in the first place.
"We categorically deny the claim of Robert Morey. We did not award any certification or degree to him," Nasir told the Weekly via e-mail. "The degree he claims was not initiated from Pakistan. Thus the degree he claims is 'Forged and Fake.'"
Morey also claims to have received a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University. Two problems: LBU is unaccredited by the United States government, which means no serious academy would recognize it. Then there's this: LBU doesn't offer a Ph.D. in Islamic studies.
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In 2002, the conservative website WorldNetDaily published a fund-raising plea on behalf of Morey's Research and Education Foundation. He was asking for $1.2 million to "launch a national crusade" against radical Islam. "Dr. Morey has stepped forward to debate Muslim leaders in universities across the nation . . . and they were defeated so completely that they now run from any further public debates," the fund-raising letter claimed. "Like 'a voice crying in the wilderness,' Dr. Morey has done all in his power to prepare America for the coming storm of Islamic terrorism."
Tax records obtained by the Weekly show the fund-raiser failed to hit its target, raising just $92,707 for his Research and Education Foundation in 2002. But that hasn't stopped Morey from pursuing cash under the auspices of battling Islam. In 2005, Morey filed for and received nonprofit status for his Faith Defenders Ministry by turning it into an Irvine church. There, Morey offers membership in the Crusader's Club. The Crusader's Club website lists four membership levels along with corresponding dues and benefits, ranging from Crusader ($300 per year earns you a CD of the month) to King Richard's Court ($5,000 per year gets you the CD, a mug, a subscription to Morey's Journal of Biblical Apologetics, Morey's private e-mail address, a piece of battle armor and an invitation to the annual Crusader's Club banquet).
"If you wish to join Dr. Morey on the front lines in the cause of God and truth, then you must join the Crusader's Club," reads his pitch to potential members. "Join us on the front lines as we fight the cults and the occult, Islam, and other false religions."
"He has a hide as thick as a rhinoceros," says Charles Welty, who has worked with Morey on translating the Bible from ancient texts. "He'll argue with everyone."
In an interview with the Weekly, Morey had an answer for everything:
•He's never met Dr. Abdullah Aziz but thinks he's a Persian engineer who lives in New York. They've communicated only by phone or e-mail.
•He's never met anyone with Crescent Moon Publishing.
•His consulting job with the LAPD involved accepting an invitation by the staff chaplain to speak about various religious groups so "that the police should understand their beliefs so as not to unnecessarily offend them or to walk into a situation that could be life-threatening."