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Muslim apostate sues Tulsa church

Muslim apostate sues Tulsa church

A MUSLIM who converted to Christianity in the US was subsequently tortured and narrowly avoided being beheaded in Syria.

He is now suing the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, Oklamoma, and its pastor, the Rev James D Miller, pictured above, alleging a breach of privacy.

The Tulsa County resident, identified only as John Doe in court papers for his own safety, alleged that church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the Internet after assuring him they would not do so.

As a consequence he was kidnapped on a trip to his native Syria by radical Muslims, including a relative. He was bound, beaten and tortured for several days, and was forced to spend 18 hours a day in a 55-gallon electrified drum. He also was stabbed several times, shot, and threatened with beheading.

When Doe was taken out to be beheaded, he managed to free his hands, grab a firearm from a captor, kill one of them – his paternal uncle – and escape, according to the court filing.

Tulsa attorney Keith Ward, who is representing Doe, said the case is one of the strangest he has seen.

We understand the skepticism toward the claim. but his injuries and all the allegations are well documented.

He said Doe has had four surgeries to repair injuries he received in Syria since returning to Tulsa.

He added that Doe, in his 40s, went to Syria to pick up his bride. He had lived most of his adult life in the United States, and was close to getting US citizenship.

The court filing says that in 2012 Doe discussed converting to Christianity with the leaders at First Presbyterian Church, and discussed the need to keep his conversion private, because under sharia law, one who converts from Islam is put to death, usually by beheading.

After receiving assurances of privacy from church leaders, he was baptised by Miller at the church on December 30, 2012.

He left immediately for Syria, arriving in Damascus on January 2, 2013. On January 6, 2013, according to the law suit, the church published a notice of his baptism that included his name.

In mid-January, Doe was confronted by radical Muslims in Damascus who told him they had read about his conversion on the Internet. He denied it, but was unable to convince them, and they took him captive, the court record says.

G Steven Stidham, another attorney representing Doe, called the church’s action:

An outrageous breach of trust that led to a disastrous consequences.

Stidham said Doe would not be doing media interviews.

Miller issued the following statement through his attorney, John Tucker:

You may have heard that the First Presbyterian Church and I, Dr. James Miller, have been named as defendants in a lawsuit.

The person suing contends he suffered injury at the hands of others in another country because he had been baptized as a Christian at First Church.

I cannot share more details with you because this is a matter in litigation. The person bringing the claim has asked to remain anonymous, so I cannot share with you even who the person is.

I would however, like to speak to the church family and the entire Tulsa community. The lawsuit is brought by a person who received the Sacrament of Baptism before the congregation during a regular Sunday service at First Church. As the facts and truth of these events are revealed during the judicial process, it will become clear that First Church followed its normal procedures in baptising this person and the claims made in the suit are not proper.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake.

40 responses to “Muslim apostate sues Tulsa church”

  1. remigius says:

    …church leaders published an announcement of his baptism on the Internet after assuring him they would not do so.

    The muslims have discovered Google. We’re fucked!

  2. Jeff See says:

    Seems he should be suing God. Either that or himself; “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,,”

  3. Broga says:

    They could never resist publicising that a real, live Muslim had converted to them. John Doe, on the other hand, wasn’t the type tp go to the stake for his new religion and soon denied it. A typical load of bullshit from religion, smug and self righteous, and John Doe trying to grab a pile of dollars at the same time. Go for each others throats and give the watching atheists some entertainment.

  4. Stephen Mynett says:

    While the actions of the islamic thugs appals me, I am not over-sympathetic to this guy. Could he not have waited until he returned from Syria to get baptised?
    I doubt I would ever risk going to one of these barbaric theocracies but if I did I would certainly not be wearing my Allah is a shithouse T-shirt. John Doe must have realised news of his apostasy would get out, seems he is either an idiot, someone looking to make a fast buck with a lawsuit, or an idiot looking to make a fast buck with a lawsuit.

  5. JohnMWhite says:

    It’ll be fine, until someone searches for Mohammad and then clicks ‘images’…

  6. JohnMWhite says:

    From his perspective I don’t think it is unreasonable of him to think that the church would keep their word and not put his name on the Internet. And he may have gone back to Syria to pick up his wife precisely because it was spiralling out of control.

  7. JenL says:

    It’s all fine because they followed normal procedures? After assuring him that they wouldn’t? After he explained that it could get him killed? Lovely people.

  8. barriejohn says:

    &#9835 Only 24 brain cells in Tulsa…&#9835

  9. barriejohn says:

    God’s track record “looking after his own” is not exactly anything to write home about!

  10. barriejohn says:

    Though you’d never guess it from this, of course:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/63120832250945338/

  11. Chris Bolton says:

    Thanks barriejohn. That’s my long winter nights sorted out.

  12. barriejohn says:

    It’s like being there, isn’t it?

  13. andrewm031 says:

    Converting from one religion to another must be one of the most pointless things a human can do.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Anyway, you’d want to make sure that you followed the TRUE religion, wouldn’t you?

  15. Agent Cormac says:

    Why didn’t he just wait until he got back from the hellhole that is Syria before converting? And if he had to fly there to ‘pick up’ his bride, you can only guess she’s a muslim. And we all know what happens to muslim women who marry outside their beloved religion! He really hadn’t thought this one through, had he.

  16. barfly says:

    The escape seems a bit James Bondish after days of torture getting hands free and disarming some one then shooting him and heading for the border. The escape smells to me

  17. Well, this Doe critter is dumb on two counts. First off, he changes religion before he returns to Syria, dumb move #1. Then he tops that by trusting a xtian minister to keep his conversion quiet, dumb move #2.
    Of course buying into ANY religion is his biggest dumb move, I’d go so far as to say that borders on stupid, but that might not be nice of me. Well, tough crap, I’m not in a “nice” mood today.
    Hmmm, that makes THREE dumb moves, though I’ll be kind and give him 2 dumb moves and a very stupid move. Your score card may differ.

  18. asquith says:

    Why did he deny being a Christian, was he too scared to be a martyr? And doesn’t that mean his conversion wasn’t real anyway, if he didn’t feel confident about proclaiming it from the rooftops and wiling to die for his faith?

  19. LOL, when they find “Jesus and Mo” look out.

  20. barriejohn, you know that Looking after his own” is only for the members of his flock who do not die in a natural (ie; act of doG type event) disaster. As when after a tornado wipes out a town, the holy roller survivor tells the media how doG must have been watching over them.
    Funny, it is always AFTER the event. Apparently doG does NOT do preventive stuff, like make the tornado die out in an empty field, piece of cake for a “supreme being” I’d have thought.
    Oh noes, there I go again, STILL asking questions/raising issues that the various churches do not want to be asked/raised. Oh well, too bad, I have over 60 years of doing that. Too old to change now, and I don’t feel like changing.

  21. Holy coloring books Batman!
    I know, very bad pun, but I just couldn’t resist. You know how it is, when the “spirit” moves you, you have to go with it, or so some xtians have told me.

  22. Broga, I’ll pop some corn, you bring the beers. Might as well enjoy the show with some treats.

  23. Stephen, he could be both, a greedy idiot.

  24. Moral to this report, never trust the clergy.

  25. LOLMAO! good one barriejohn, or I could say tanks fer da memories……….LOL

  26. This chart IS a keeper, explains so much. LOL

  27. Agreed Agent. Had he actually used the brain he was born with, he’d have gone to Syria, got his wife and left for a nicer country AND he’d have just dropped being Muslim and NOT convert to some other delusional crapola. Of course belief in a sky fairy may be an addiction, just switched the source of his fix. Yeah, like kicking cocaine to take up heroine.

  28. Maybe he wants to be a fiction writer. Oh, wait, like the Beatles song, he wanted to be a “Paperback writer”.

  29. remigius says:

    Yup. Written by the great Burt Bacharach. Though I did prefer the Dusty Springfield version.

  30. Broga says:

    Great Gene Pitney song. Reminds me of my youth.

  31. Agent Cormac says:

    Agreed, barfly. 18 hours a day in a 55-gallon electrified drum? Don’t care who your god is, you’re fried!

    ‘I hope you don’t expect me to convert back to Islam.’
    ‘No, Mr Doe. we expect you to die.’

  32. Agent Cormac says:

    …belief in a sky fairy may be an addiction…

    Hahaha! It would certainly seem so.

  33. Broga says:

    Sounds fun. There is nothing so vicious as different belief systems fighting over their God.

  34. barriejohn says:

    This will either have you rolling on the floor laughing or suffering a cardiac arrest:

    http://www.gotquestions.org/natural-disasters.html

    Follow the links at the bottom as well. Hours of fun await you!

  35. barfly says:

    Ha the penny as dropped he had the Lawd with him and his angels funny not realising that before

  36. remigius says:

    Why didn’t he just wait until he got back from the hellhole that is Syria before converting? And if he had to fly there to ‘pick up’ his bride…

    Surely the best thing to do, given the circumstances, would be to have her shipped over as freight. I had a chest of drawers sent over from the Lebanon – only cost £90.

  37. remigius says:

    They have already discovered the delights of Jesus & Mo.

    Though the muslim backlash/riots haven’t happened yet. Either they secretly enjoy ’em as much as we do, or they’re to stupid to realise just how much of an insult to their way of life the cartoons actually are.

    Too thick to be offended? Is that a defence?

  38. Robster says:

    Why would anyone volunteer for christianity? ‘Spose compared to the muzzy nonsense it’s an improvement but really. Why give up one delusion for another? Embrace reality and have nothing to worry about.

  39. Michael Glass says:

    The man may have been naive in trusting the word of the church he joined. However, nothing he did justifies the fact that he was tortured and threatened with beheading.

    Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:

    “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    This man’s right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion was trampled underfoot. By all means blame those who tortured him. By all means blame those who betrayed his trust. But please don’t blame the victim for the faults and cruelties of others.