The Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, president of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Board of Trustees, speaks in front of a photo of Mecca during a press conference Friday at the Al-Salaam Mosque. Lavanhar criticized a Sand Springs lawmaker for his comments this week about the Quran.
The Siren Song of ‘Interfaith Kumbayah’
Several faith groups condemn Oklahoma lawmakers who turned down copies of the book.
In a show of solidarity with the Muslim community, representatives of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and several interfaith organizations held a press conference Friday condemning Oklahoma lawmakers who turned down a copy of the Quran.
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, refused a gift of Islam’s holy book earlier this week, saying, “Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.” Other lawmakers joined him in refusing the gift, which was offered by the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council as part of the state’s centennial celebration.
“Today, I’m an American Muslim, speaking for our brothers,” said David Bernstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation.
“Hateful words inevitably lead to hateful actions,” he said at the press conference held at the Al-Salaam Mosque, 4620 S. Irvington Ave.
* Brother, the hateful words are in the Koran and in the actions of Muslims who act on it, not on those who point it out…
“Sometimes they set in motion a chain of events that turn them into self-fulfilling prophesy.”
He said hateful words often have an effect that the speaker did not desire or anticipate.
Oliver Howard, president of the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice, said religious intolerance has no place in Oklahoma.
“All religious communities have or have had zealots who exploit sacred scriptures for their own ends, including violent and inhumane acts,” he said.
* Really? Which ones would that be, Oliver? Who kills in the name of their religion?
The Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, president of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry Board of Trustees, said Duncan’s words were disrespectful of his fellow Americans and promoted religious bigotry.
“We are one nation, under God, indivisible — and we will not be divided by politicians who use religious and ethnic rhetoric to enflame bigotry,” he said.
* Oh brother. Why don’t you go to Saudi Arabia or to Egypt and start peddling some bibles to the local clerics? At least then you learn what bigotry is..!
Keith McArtor, president of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, said he hoped the lawmakers who refused the Quran would become “better acquainted with the true tenets of Islam, which are based on brotherhood, love, respect and dignity.”
* Just a wild guess: why does Tulsa need an ‘Interfaith Alliance?’ Could it be that this is just another da’awa center and Keith McArtor is another ‘revert?’
Justice Waidner, with the Say No to Hate Coalition, said the lawmakers’ refusal to accept the Quran “throws a dark shadow of misunderstanding and bigotry on a segment of our state’s diverse population and their religious heritage.”
Allison Moore, speaking for the Islamic Society of Tulsa, said Islam clearly ‘denounces all forms of terrorism.’
* Sure Allison. Especially the terror of having to live among infidels and Jews who don’t submit to Islam, right?
“Our religion teaches us to be peaceful, tolerant, loving and respectful of neighbors and friends, and to uphold justice for all people,” she said.
“We are deeply concerned about the rise in Islamophobic rhetoric,” she said.
“And we are very troubled by individuals who disrespect our holy book, the Quran, and quote verses out of context.”
* There shall never be an obligation to respect a war-manual that glorifies hate, mass murder and genocide
Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he found Duncan’s statement Islamophobic and disturbing, coming from someone who should represent his pluralistic constituency regardless of faith.
* Funny that Muslims think they have a right to tell our politicians which way the wind blows, don’t you think?
* What Muslims really want:
a reader just sent this in. Its a video from the Horowitz speech at GWU which was shouted down 2 days ago. Here you can see a young hijabbed Muslimah state her case:
“I don’t, I don’t terrorize people, I want the Shari’a law imposed in my co(untry), I want the Shari’a law imposed though, I want it in my country. I’m a female, I am Muslim, I am proud of it, and I don’t, I don’t want to live in a secular state, I want to live in a Shari’a state.”
George Washington University post Horowitz IFAW speech, and likely an American citizen.
Relevance begins at frame 4:43, statement beginning at 4:54.
* Looks like these interfaith wankers can’t wait to be dhimmies….
* Update on the hijabbed Muslimah demanding the imposition of Sharia in the US
“Imposed.” Not “voted in,” or even “instituted.” “Imposed.” The forcible subjugation as inferiors of women and religious minorities. “Imposed.” An Islamic supremacist system that denies the freedom of conscience, stones adulterers, and amputates the hands of thieves.
Well, at least she’s honest about it.