O’REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I’m Bill O’Reilly.
In “The Factor” “Follow-Up” Segment tonight, a clash of religions in the tsunami relief zone.
On January 12, Jerry Falwell appealed for tsunami aid in an e-mail to the Moral Majority and Liberty Alliance Members.
The e-mail said in part, “We will be delivering 80 tons of rice plus medical supplies. Relief efforts are being organized using hundreds of local Christian workers. In addition, we will be presenting the gospel to tens of thousands of persons through distribution of gospel tracts written in the native languages of the area.”
That has angered some Muslims.
Joining us now from Lynchburg, Virginia, is the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
And here in the studio, Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Center (sic) on American-Islamic Relations.
All right. So what’s the beef here? You know that Reverend Falwell and a lot of evangelical Christians go out and try to convert people as part of their mission. What’s the problem?
NIHAD AWAD, C.A.I.R. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Well, first of all, thank you for having me.
O’REILLY: My pleasure.
AWAD: ”¦And our objection rises from the fact that Jerry Falwell and others are trying to prey on the victims, the victims who are suffering and hurting. Those people who are suffering will have no choice but to accept what you offer them. If you offer them your religious belief before the aid, that’s taking advantage of people who are under — you know, who are vulnerable..