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Former SNL Star, Victoria Jackson, Questions Murfreesboro Mosque

18 April 2012 General 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – She’s best known for her satirical comedy on Saturday Night Live. Twenty years after leaving the hit show, Victoria Jackson is back in the spotlight, but this time it’s for her political views.

She’s now a controversial conservative commentator and she’s in Middle Tennessee taking a critical look at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

Victoria Jackson is best known for her dim-witted characters on Saturday Night live which brought her a lot of laughs, and fame. She now works as a citizen journalist.

“I’m trying to use my fading SNL fame to shine a light on the topic that nobody in the media will talk about,” said Jackson.

That topic is Islam. Jackson came to Middle Tennessee to produce a story on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and its new mosque now under construction. The comic-turned- conservative political activist doesn’t mince words about why she thinks this building is rising in the middle of rural Tennessee.

“This is the Bible Belt, and Murfreesboro is the buckle on the bible belt. And it’s a college town. So my feeling is they came here to convert people to Islam,” said Jackson.

Jackson brought her camera to the current Islamic Center offices in Murfreesboro — but no one was available for an interview. No luck either at the construction site just outside town.

Jackson did recently interview Congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik for her story. Zelenik has been an outspoken opponent of the mosque. Jackson claims there’s a fatwa , or Islamic decree ,calling for her death because of her criticisms.

“I tolerate all religions. Except the ones that want to kill me,” said Jackson

Jackson plans to post her story on the conservative web site Patriot Update. 

Original post: Former SNL Star Questions Murfreesboro Mosque


  1. Sigh. Another idiot. Don’t give her much coverage. She is fishing for some controversy to jump start her new career as a professional bigot. We suffer from a surfeit of those already.

  2. Stick to comedy hatemonger…

  3. What shining light is that? More like a dim bulb! Not much credibility, I fear.

  4. Seriously. I enjoyed her skits 20+ years ago, but a quick read of her Wikipedia entry will give you some idea of how out of touch she is. Or just read her article here:

    In answer to her article, I think she is paranoid. Her political activism is driven by her paranoia, and her beliefs about Islam is just one of many expressions of her paranoia.

    Just for the record, I am a Christian, and was trained as a minister in an evangelical Christian college. But even when I was a working evangelical minister, I also believed that we are a country built on the idea that there should be religious freedom for all, regardless of their belief. I cannot understand the objection of some people to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. How can these people call themselves Americans, and yet be so vehemently against one of the founding principles of our country, the freedom of religion so many have fought and died to uphold?

  5. Good for her! There are a lot of us that are not fooled by Islam and the death it commands.

  6. wOW.. PARANOID PEOPLE… IF THERE WERE FATWAS MADE ON EVERYONE’S PARANOIA THEN THERE WOULD BE A LOT LESS PEOPLE.. BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS… thats not what fatwas are..get some knowledge and get your head out of the sand.. There is no compulsion in religion.. Only Allah swt guides whom he wants..
    I feel so sorry for people’s ignorance and glad I found Islam and Allah swt guided me.. Alhamdullah for everything..


    “An Australian imam named Feiz Muhammad has issued a fatwa calling for the Dutch politician’s beheading, as of 2010.”

    “Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari, the spokesman of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa calling for Falwell’s death, saying Falwell was a “mercenary and must be killed.” He added, “The death of that man is a religious duty, but his case should not be tied to the Christian community.”” well that was nice of him, the adder.

    never realized anyone died because of a book (satanic verses).
    “One of the first well-known fatwas was proclaimed in 1989 by the Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, against Salman Rushdie over his novel The Satanic Verses. The reason was an allegedly blasphemous statement taken from an early biography of the Prophet Muhammad, regarding the incorporation of pagan goddesses into Islam’s strongly monotheistic structure. Khomeini died shortly after issuing the fatwa. In 1998 Iran stated it is no longer pursuing Rushdie’s death; however, that decree was again reversed in early 2005 by the present theocrat, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    In 1991, Rushdie’s Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarashi, was stabbed to death in Tokyo, and his Italian translator was beaten and stabbed in Milan. In 1993, Rushdie’s Norwegian publisher William Nygaard was shot and severely injured in an attack outside his house in Oslo. Thirty-seven guests died when their hotel in Sivas, Turkey was torched by locals protesting against Aziz Nesin, Rushdie’s Turkish translator.”

    “Fundamentalists in Bangladesh proclaimed a similar fatwa against Taslima Nasreen in 1993, against a series of newspaper columns in which she was critical of the treatment of women under Islam.”

    “Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi, the deputy governor of Zamfara state in Nigeria, issued a fatwa in November 2002 calling for the death of journalist Isioma Daniel for comments suggesting that Muhammad may have chosen a wife from one of the Miss World contest.””

    such tolerance. clearly there is no freedom of speech in islam.

  8. @mike.

    A fatwa is a fatwa. Muslims in general are not obligated to observe it. However like any individual, any Muslim may take it or not. Mike, I know some Muslims who drinks alcohol or gambles and even eats pork but that does not make it Islamic. The action of one does not mean that every body is doing it. Just look at yourself maybe you will understand better.

  9. marcelo,

    yes a fatwa is a fatwa. and one equals one. i never said anyone was obligated to follow a fatwa. i read the wiki page. regardless of how many people accepts any particular fatwa or not, that’s not the point. the point is that if a person studies islam much of their life and comes to the conclusion that someone should be put to death for writing a book. there must be something in islam that is not compatible with freedom of speech. the point is that time and time again you see things come out of the islamic world that is completely contrary to modern western ideals.

    “The action of one does not mean that every body is doing it.” thanks for stating the obvious. yet people around rushdie have been killed by muslims because he wrote a book.

    “Just look at yourself maybe you will understand better.” i have no idea what your point is here??????? what is it that i need to understand better?

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