"If his call to faith is that good, and Islam is that terrible, then he wouldn't have to harass us and block our paths and barrage us with haranguing," Muslim leader Jeff Siddiqui told The Seattle Times.
Californian Pastor George Saieg has launched his "Ministry of Muslims" campaign in Seattle and other cities with the aim of converting Muslims at mosque doorsteps.
They preach in a forcible and blunt manner amid reports of physical violence.
Saieg founded Arabic Christian Perspective in 2003, with a two-fold mission: convert Muslims to Christianity and "expose teachings of Islam that they're trying to hide."
Aziz Junejo, a columnist at The Seattle Times Faith & Values page, said Muslims, especially, women have reported harassment from the pastor's group.
"They were harassing women for wearing scarves," he said.
Local Muslim leaders have advised worshippers not to engage Saieg's people, to take whatever material they are given, and not to resort to physical violence but to call authorities if necessary.
Saieg is planning visits next week to parking lots of malls frequented by Arabs and Muslims, and a Sunday's Arab Festival at Seattle Center to distribute his leaflets.
He is also planning a conference next week to train between 100-200 Christians on how to proselytize Muslims.
Mohamad Joban, imam of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, said Saieg's efforts to proselytize Muslim worshippers are driven either by "ignorance or arrogance."
He said non-Muslims revert to Islam out of their own volition, citing US polls showing that the Muslim faith was the fastest growing religion in the US.
"So who's forcing all those people to Islam?" he wondered sarcastically.
Saieg's missionary effort has also drawn fire from local Church leaders.
Rev. Craig R. J. Darling of Seattle First Baptist Church said he cannot condone Saieg's practices.
"God is bigger than that and with him there's room for all religions," he said.
The American daily described Saieg's move as a bold gesture, coming at a time when choices over religion have grown increasingly sensitive.
The United States is the world's largest source of Christian missionaries with a reported 46,000 proselytizers worldwide followed by South Korea.
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