A recent critic has blasted author Joel Richardson as “hateful” and “bigoted” for writing books that suggest the Antichrist will be a Muslim whose empire will arise out of the Middle East.

But is it really “hate” to draw parallels between the Bible’s coming villain and Islam’s expected Mahdi?

Jordan Michael Smith of the left-leaning Salon.com last week penned a column called “Books’ most hateful bestseller,” tearing into Richardson for writing such books as the New York Times bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Nature of the Beast” and the about to be released “Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist.”

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