How are you? I hope well!
I just saw the below message from you which his reply to a post from a viewer in Melbourne, Australia:
tlthe5th (1 month ago) Yes, I read through some of it. Some of it’s highlights. It’s trash. And i mean it. i was so happy to see that actually. What sources he used were very weak and most of it wasn’t sourced at all. The man is a total Vatican shill as well.
For your reference, this was from this YouTube page.
I am writing this to you because a friend of mine in the United States just sent me this exchange between you and the viewer that concerned me directly. I saw the link from her and at first I thought that I would just leave it but then I listened to your diatribe about “lying” in the beginning of this video. As such I feel compelled to reply.
I am the author of the book in question, “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness: The Truth about the Vatican and the Birth of Islam”, and after reading your comments I have to say that I really do not believe that you have actually even seen my book. I personally think that you are lying. I wrote a reply to the post which I hope will be posted.
Where do I start?
Besides calling the book “trash”, which I could be taken as a qualitative opinion on any aspect of the book (cover, artwork, writing style, etc.), I have problems with a few of your assertions. You are free to call the book trash if you want. I certainly don’t share this view but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
What set off alarms in my head was when you said that my sources “were very weak” and “most of it wasn’t sourced at all.” You went on to say that I am “a total Vatican shill as well.”
First of all, I spent two years on the research of this book and there are multiple sources on almost every page. I am very adamant that the sources are open and in order. I hereby request you to point out exactly which sources were weak. I ask you in the process to point out exactly what segments of the book were not sourced at all. I think the onus is on you here due to your unwarranted comments though I seriously doubt that you will take up the challenge. Case in point, in your own video you don’t source your own assertions about Leo Ryan, the CIA, Jim Jones, Gary Metz, etc.
As for me being a “Vatican shill”, I am not a Catholic, have never been a Catholic and on top of that I am highly critical of the Pope and the Catholic Church on almost all of their positions. I was raised in an Evangelical church. My book had nothing to do with defending the Catholic Church at all. It was solely about taking all of Alberto Rivera’s claims regarding the Vatican and the birth of Islam and looking at them one by one and examining them for the historical truth. If you have indeed seen the book, which I doubt, you will note that include Rivera’s entire testimony word by word broken down by chapter. In fact the opening of every one of my chapters that discusses Rivera’s testimony in the book are Alberto Rivera’s own words, as published by Jack Chick, laid out for examination by the entire world.
Personally I do not believe from reading your comments about my book that you have even been in the same room with my book. (If so can you tell me where you saw this book?) I recommend that you have a look at the book yourself. Once you have actually seen and examined the book (and hopefully you will even read it as well!), compare it to your comments. I think then you will see who is a bullshit artist and who has done their homework.
Gary Dale Cearley
This open letter is directed to Thomas Richards.