Interfaith meeting told “mistrust risks violence”
* More of that ‘interfaith’ crock & schlock
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Christians and Muslims mistrust each other so much that a few terrorist attacks could trigger dramatic and violent religious tensions, a Jordanian prince told an interfaith conference on Tuesday.
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, sponsor of a Muslim appeal to Christian leaders to work together for peace, said the two religions must work together or face possible violence that risks turning into genocide.
The warning was a stark reminder to the 150 participants, theologians and faith leaders who came to discuss common views on love of God and neighbour, of the dangerous potential religion can have when intertwined with political conflicts.
“Christians and Muslims routinely mistrust, disrespect and dislike each other, if not popularly and actively rubbish, dehumanize, demonize, despise and attack each other,” said Ghazi, a special adviser to Jordan’s King Abdullah. (Hmm, and why would that be?)
A recent global survey showed that 60 percent of Christians disliked Muslims and 30 percent of Muslims reciprocate, (‘reciprocate?’ Isn’t it more like ‘retaliate’ in the way of jihad?) he said. “With such an explosive mix, popular religious conflicts, even unto genocide, are lurking around the corner,” he said. (sure its not the other way around?)
“God forbid, a few more terrorist attacks, a few more national security emergencies, a few more demagogues, a few more national protection laws, and then internment camps, if not concentration camps, are not inconceivable in some places.” (If only, if only! Long overdue..!)
Participants at the conference, the first of several due to bring Islamic and Christian leaders together in coming months, said Ghazi’s warning sounded stark to an American audience but reflected fears often heard in theÂ Middle East.
“The fears are real,” said Scott Alexander, an Islamic studies professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. (either a complete moonbat or already a ‘revert’)
“Muslims are just like the Jews then…?” NOT!
“If you compare what popular culture thought of Jews in the 1920s to how Muslims are represented in popular culture now, there are some very stark similarities said Hisham Hellyer of Warwick University, an expert on Islam in Europe. (Not. The soldiers of Allah are not Jews. They have a religious mandate to annihilate the Jews/ed)
FACTORS IN RELIGIOUS TENSIONS
Ghazi said five main factors were driving religious tensions in the world — the status of Jerusalem, U.S. foreign policy,Â terrorism, fundamentalism in all faiths and missionary activity by various religions.
Obviously, this has nothing to with it:
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah, … nor followÂ
the religion of truth… until they pay the tax in acknowledg-ment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.”Â
Â Qur’an, Sura 9:29
- IndiaÂ andÂ the SudanÂ andÂ AlgeriaÂ >andÂ AfghanistanÂ andÂ New YorkÂ andPakistanÂ andÂ IsraelÂ andÂ RussiaÂ andÂ ChechnyaÂ andÂ the PhilippinesÂ andIndonesiaÂ andÂ NigeriaÂ andÂ EnglandÂ andÂ ThailandÂ andÂ SpainÂ andÂ EgyptandÂ BangladeshÂ andÂ Saudi ArabiaÂ andÂ IngushetiaÂ andÂ DagestanÂ andTurkeyÂ andÂ MoroccoÂ andÂ YemenÂ andÂ LebanonÂ andÂ FranceÂ andUzbekistanÂ andÂ GazaÂ andÂ TunisiaÂ andÂ KosovoÂ andÂ BosniaÂ andMauritaniaÂ andÂ KenyaÂ andÂ EritreaÂ andÂ SyriaÂ andÂ SomaliaÂ andÂ CaliforniaandÂ ArgentinaÂ andÂ KuwaitÂ andÂ VirginiaÂ andÂ EthiopiaÂ andÂ IranÂ andÂ JordanandÂ United Arab EmiratesÂ andÂ LouisianaÂ andÂ TexasÂ andÂ TanzaniaÂ andGermanyÂ andÂ AustraliaÂ andÂ PennsylvaniaÂ andÂ BelgiumÂ andÂ DenmarkandÂ East TimorÂ andÂ QatarÂ andÂ MarylandÂ andÂ TajikistanÂ andÂ the NetherlandsÂ andÂ ScotlandÂ andÂ ChadÂ andÂ CanadaÂ andÂ ChinaÂ
- andÂ the MaldivesÂ and…
The 138 Muslim scholars who launched the so-called Common Word dialogue appeal to Christian leaders intended it as “an extended global handshake of religious goodwill friendship and fellowship” between the world’s two largest religions. (An ‘invitation to Islam’ by a bunch of Islamo-headbangers or else? That same sick old joke which Robert Spencer longÂ debunkedÂ andÂ ridiculed?)
The appeal is at the heart of a recent upswing in interfaith consultations that included an unprecedented conference hosted by Saudi King Abdullah in Madrid this month with Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others. (Same thing: Abdullah ‘invited’ the infidels to no longer resist Islam because that goes against the laws of Allah and his prophet, what else is new?)Â
The Common Word group, named after the title of its appeal, plans to meet Anglicans in Britain in October and Pope Benedict and senior Vatican officials in Rome in November.
Most U.S. participants at the conference are Protestant leaders, including evangelicals. (Moonbats and Arab sandal-lickers) Â Some evangelical preachers have been hostile to Islam and seen Washington’s war on terrorism in religious terms, but several leaders support this dialogue.
Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said he attended to “engage in what is clearly a major issue in our world today, Christian-Muslim relationships.” (Yep. There’s a sucker born every minute, and you’re one)