Leave it to many of our Christian leaders to lead us over the cliff – or in this case, off a “bridge”. So it is with the inter-faith crowd. Reverend Susan Russell has written a glowing tribute to the National Cathedral for hosting the Friday Jumu’ah prayers last week. Her article appears in the Huffington Post.
“Due to the marvels of modern technology, this morning I was able to sit in my living room in Southern California and watch the livestream of the service of Muslim Friday Prayers (Jumu’ah) from that very National Cathedral in a service that emphasized the “all” in “all people.”
Here is one of the comments I contributed to the HuffPo reader thread:
“As Pastor Russell goes on about the “all”, she should read Sura 1 verses 1-7 which was recited in the service and is recited in daily prayers every day multiple times. It asks God to show them the path and not the path of those who have incurred His wrath (Jews) or those who have lost their way (Christians). Though Jews and Christians are not specifically mentioned in the verses, one of the most widely accepted hadiths quotes the Prophet Mohammad as explaining to one of his followers who they specifically refer to.
Do your homework, Pastor Russell.”
More on that point here.
Then there was this:
“As I listened to their words of hope and encouragement to all who strive to build bridges across differences I remembered these words of Dr. Maher Hathout – the great Muslim leader and interfaith ally of All Saints Church here in Pasadena: “God does not belong to any religion. All religions belong to God.” And I felt hopeful. And I felt grateful.”
To which I commented:
“Maher Hathout is one of 200 Muslim leaders who received the Freedom Pledge Letter in 2009 and again in 2012. It is a simple statement that American apostates from Islam should not be harmed. In my presence in 2012 he denied receiving the letter, which I then gave to him. Six months later at the MPAC conference (at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena no less), I asked him why he hadn’t signed it. He told me that there was no such death penalty for apostasy in Islam (a blatant lie) and that nobody was going to tell him what to sign.”
Inter-faith events in theory are good, but all too often are led by activist or gullible pastors and rabbis teamed with imams who lie through their teeth about how peaceful Islam is and how much they respect their fellow Abrahamaic faiths. In that respect, they are extremely dangerous in that they lull Christians and Jews to sleep.
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