Blogger’s claims about area church are “simply false,” official says

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Published: Dec. 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM CST
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Bosqueville United Methodist Church officials and the Central Texas Conference of United Methodist Churches are refuting a story published online on PamelaGeller.com claiming the church “is potentially engaged in a massive operation designed to reprogram churches as virtual mosques in preparation for a deluge of Muslim refugees.”

The post Tuesday by political activist Pamela Geller, which cites an unnamed church member as the source of the information, says interim Pastor Bill 'Mac' Patterson asked the congregation this summer “to prepare for Catholic-style "sanctuary" protections for Muslim refugees, including possible terrorists (ISIS, al Qaeda, etc.)"

"You know you can't believe everything that you read,” the church’s new pastor, Gabe Dominguez, said Wednesday.

“I've just never heard anything like that before,” he said.

The Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church also rebuked the claims.

"The Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church declares that there is absolutely no truth to recent speculative accusations that Bosqueville United Methodist Church, or any local church in the Central Texas Conference, is engaged in an "Islamic sanctuary plan,” said Vance Morton, the director of communications for the conference,

“The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” he said.

“The Central Texas Conference is totally committed to this mission. Any reports to the contrary are simply false."

"The United Methodist Church has no belief, intention or mission other than making disciples of Jesus Christ. It is the belief and first-hand experience of The Central Texas Conference that the 300-plus local churches of the conference are 100 percent committed to this mission,” he said.

On the church campus Wednesday, an elderly member who asked to not be identified said he's been a member of the church a long time and hasn't missed a service in five years.

He said he never heard any such message from a pastor.