Kumbaya Dreck in the Pews

“Chrislam” spreads through America

PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PH.D.

QURAN IN THE PEWS  — JESUS IN THE QURAN

This weekend, the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston along with Christian communities in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit will initiate a series of sermons that have been designed to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.

In addition to the sermons, the Sunday school lessons will center on the inspired teachings of the Prophet Mohammad.

Qurans will be placed in the pews next to the Bibles.

The concept of Chrislam, now embraced by such preachers as Rick Warren and Robert Schuller, appears to have emerged from a program on the meaning of “love your neighbor” at Grace Fellowship Church in Atlanta, Georgia

“In 2001, like most Americans, we were pretty awakened to the true Islamic presence in the world and in the United States,” says Jon Stallsmith, the outreach minister at Grace Fellowship. “Jesus says we should love our neighbors. We can’t do that without having a relationship with them.”

Stallsmith maintains that a rapprochement between Muslims and Christians can be achieved by the fact that Jesus is mentioned twenty-five times in the Quran.

The Chrislam movement has gained impetus by statements from President George W. Bush and that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God and by Rick Warren’s reference to Isa (the Muslim name for Jesus) in his prayer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Only 30 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Muslims, according to a Pew Forum poll. At the same time, more than half the country says they know “not very much” or “nothing at all” about the Islamic faith.

“The recent political developments and the fact that we’re fighting two wars in Muslim countries should sharpen that need to know how to talk to these guys,” Stallsmith insists “We want to find peace, reconciliation around a scriptural understanding of Jesus.”

Jesus in the Quran is neither the only-begotten Son of God nor the Messiah who was divinely appointed to restore the House of David. He is rather viewed as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to prepare mankind for the coming of Mohammad.

In the Quran, Jesus neither suffers nor dies on the cross but is rather raised alive into heaven:
“That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:- Nay, God raised him up unto the himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise” (4: 157-158)

The victim at Calvary, Islam teaches, was either Simon of Cyrene or Judas Iscariot.

The Quran mentions that Jesus was born of the virgin Maryam – – not by an immaculate conception but rather the will of Allah and that He performed miracles to show the Jewish people that He was a maseh in the manner of Moses and Ibrahim (Abraham):

“In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against God, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to God belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For God hath power over all things” (5:17).

46 thoughts on “Kumbaya Dreck in the Pews”

  1. The “Beulah” image that Paul L Williams used in his article is apparently a fake …

    Cumberland Presbyterian Church
    http://www.cpmag.org/cpupdates.php?aid=629

    [I have received several e-mails showing church signs with inappropriate text. Most often the e-mails show a Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church at war with another faith, especially Catholic.

    These signs are a prank.]

    However, the “Chrislam” abomination that Paul L Williams writes of is all too real.

  2. A “Chrislam” site:

    http://www.chrislam.org/index.html

    [“We are brothers, We are a family of God. Not one of us is better than the other in His eyes. He loves us both. The future can only be won against the “Evil one” by all of us standing strong together.”

    Malcom X]

    * On other pages:

    [Islamic-Christian National Dialogue Committee]

    [The world of tomorrow is being built on the dialogue of civilizations. The dialogue of civilizations is based essentially on the dialogue between the divinely revealed monotheistic religions. This is what Lebanon embodies through the coexistence between all its people.]

    * Biblical warnings:

    [But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him. – Galatians 1:8]

    [Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
    – 2 Corinthians 6:14]

    [Revelation 17
    Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast]

    (and so on)

  3. An early article on “Chrislam” by Bill Muehlenberg:

    Sorry, But I am Not Buying Into Chrislam
    http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2009/09/16/sorry-but-i-am-not-buying-into-chrislam/

    [Chrislam, as the name suggests, is a growing movement wherein some Christians are seeking to find common ground with Muslims. Indeed, it actually seeks to combine Christianity with Islam. It is a syncretistic movement that speaks about “spirituality without boundaries”. Whenever you hear that sort of talk, you should start heading for the hills.

    Yet that is what we find in some leftist evangelical Christian circles today. Incredibly, it took place last year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Canberra. I wrote that episode up in several articles at the time:]

    [But a number of leading American religious leftists are also pushing this cause in varying degrees. For example, Tony Campolo has argued that “interfaith prayers and even mystical unions are critical for all true peacemakers”. And given that a leftist vision of “social justice” seems to be the most important agenda item for Campolo, it is not surprising that he can praise Islam in these terms: “When it comes to what is ultimately important, the Muslim community’s sense of commitment to the poor is exactly in tune with where Jesus is in the 25th chapter of Matthew.”

    More recently emerging church movement leader Brian McLaren has written a five-part blog entry on why Christians should join with Muslims in celebrating Ramadan. In it he said, “We, as Christians, humbly seek to join Muslims in this observance of Ramadan as a God-honouring expression of peace, fellowship, and neighbourliness.”

    Once again the emphasis is on getting along, harmony and unity. Fine – to a point. But both these faiths are ultimately evangelistic, exclusive, and mutually incompatible. The heart of the Christian truth claim is that Jesus is God’s son, and he has come to save us from our sins. Islam claims that it is blasphemous to say God has a son.]

    * Refers to the Episcopal (Anglican) female priest who claimed to be Christian & muslim & continued to preach (mentioned on WoJ at the time, from memory).

    [“A Seattle priest has become a Muslim while also retaining her clergy status in the Episcopal Church. Her local bishop has described the development as ‘exciting.’ ‘I look through Jesus and I see Allah,’ explained the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding to the ‘Seattle Times,’ which reported that Redding puts on her Islamic headscarf on Fridays and her clerical collar on Sundays. … she still sees Jesus as her Savior, even if not divine, and plans to remain both a priest and an Episcopalian.]

    * Have nothing to do with “Chrislam” and the like, regardless of how many Presidents, Priests and terror financing experts / food critics say that the god of islam is the same as the Biblical God.

  4. Yeah, its been going on for quite a while. You might remember some of this, Mullah:

    Interfaith Circus Anybody?

    Nutroot priestess: “I am both Muslim and Christian”

    This one was later sacked.

    As if that’s not bad enough, you have the denial by the churches, in other words full blown dhimmitude, or better OUTRIGHT BETRAYAL, as you can see here:

    At Vatican Synod, Middle Eastern bishops muted remarks about Muslim persecution of Christians for fear of reprisals

  5. Thanks Sheik – I remember the thread with Solkhar the terror expert & food critic, but had forgotten the term “Chrislam” for some reason 🙁
    I have put all this in a bookmark where I can find it again.

  6. * Nutroot priestess: “I am both Muslim and Christian”

    3 years – doesn’t time fly! At least the Episcopalians sacked her, instead of “embracing diversity”.

  7. A work in progress: the soldiers of allah are very patient, and so the poison spreads:

    Islamic supremacist hoodwinks grateful multiculturalists at Episcopal church session on Islam

    Maher Hathout, according to Steve Emerson, “has called Israel a nation of butchers and accused the United States of state terrorism; he has justified the actions of Hizbollah and defended terrorist financiers.” See also here. According to Discover the Networks, Hathout “has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and espouses the radical brand of Islam known as Wahhabism.”

    But the bemused Leftist Episcopalians at this Sand-In-The-Eyes Fest neither knew nor cared about any of that.

    “‘Islam in a nutshell’ explained at Episcopal church: (More)

    Then there’s this:

    How Feisal Abdul Rauf and Muqtedar Khan whitewash Sharia

  8. The best thing to do is to flee any church serving up such blasphemous tosh. (Revelation 18:4)

  9. As the Bible says in the end days there will be a great falling away or Apostacy… There are denying Christ and are ushering in lies about the divinity of the Jewish and Christian God. allah is well known as a demonic principality amongst the true Body of Christ… Do not fall for these deceptions!

  10. Feisal Abdul Rauf just happens to be in Jakarta to lecture the Indo Cabinet on “religious tolerance” with all the tinsel & glitter before Obama arrives …

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/06/ny-muslim-leader-talks-moderate-islam.html

    [US President Barack Obama has yet to arrive, but Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam behind the planned Muslim community center close to Ground Zero in New York, is already here to lecture members of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Cabinet on religious tolerance.

    After meeting with Yudhoyono on Friday, Rauf delivered a lecture on “Promoting Moderate Islam and Striving for Harmony Among Civilizations in the 21st Century” at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. The lecture was attended by several Cabinet ministers and religious leaders.

    Rauf addressed several issues, including the relationship between Islam and the US, growing Islamophobia, the nature of moderation in Islam and how to promote it, and his experiences in trying to realize the plan to build the Park51 Islamic center and mosque close to Ground Zero.

    Rauf said Muslims needed to “expose” people to the best quality of Islam, including kindness, compassion and tolerance, to address Islamophobia.]

    * If someone could “expose” me to rocking horse manure (best quality of islam), I would back the horse in the Melbourne Cup…

  11. Here we go again…

    http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=4537
    Christians and Muslims want to mobilise joint crisis group

    [Geneva (ENInews). Global Christian and Muslim leaders meeting in Switzerland have jointly called for the formation of a group which can be mobilised whenever a crisis threatens to arise in which Christians and Muslims find themselves in conflict.

    In a closing statement from their 1-4 November meeting at Geneva’s Ecumenical Centre, the leaders of the two faiths said, “Religion is often invoked in conflict creation, even when other factors, such as unfair resource allocation, oppression, occupation and injustice, are the real roots of conflict.” ]

    1. “the leaders of the two faiths said, “Religion is often invoked in conflict creation, even when other factors, such as unfair resource allocation, oppression, occupation and injustice, are the real roots of conflict.” ]

      Priceless!

      Who is paying for this S#*t?

      Translation: Freedom of Expression causes conflict because unbelievers who don’t submit to sharia are oppressive to Muslims.

      We “occupy Islamic lands” (like Israel, Spain “al Andaluz” -, Sicily, Greece etc) and we reject sharia and dhimmitude. Besides, we are rich and the Muslims are poor, which is insulting to Muslims. So we are obliged to pay far more jiziya to the soldiers of allah to create some kind of “balance”….

      Its amazing what higher education does to people these days…

  12. Christianity fulfills prophecy – the apostasy, a necessary precursor for Antichrist (man of sin) to be revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

    “Let no one in any way deceive you, for that day cannot come without the coming of the apostasy first, and the appearing of the man of sin, the son of perdition…”

  13. “Jesus says we should love our neighbors. We can’t do that without having a relationship with them.”

    Biblical love doesn’t rejoice in lies and would protect your neighbor against the lies of Islam. A kind of “relationship” they are implying would break every manner of scriptural integrity concerning sitting in the counsel of the ungodly and intimate communion with darkness.

    “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
    James 4:4

  14. This does not surprise me. Yes, I am speechless when I get ‘slapped across the face with this in my own country’, but this is actually what has happened for centuries.

    Not only political leaders, but religious ‘leaders’ have sold out their own. Some reasons: money, power – but also out of fear and I have experienced first hand this absolutely moronic reason of… it being sinful. And that is due to the fact that too many Christians think it is a sin to criticize islam. They are like the left wing idiots, and moslems, who are unable to separate the persons from the ideology.

    They know a good moslem, waaa waaa waaa, and we shouldn’t criticize islam, waaa waaa waaa – B.S.! We should criticize and stop islam and sharia in our country. If they have a problem separating the person from the ideology – tough.

    I learned about how non-moslems have sold their own out by reading Bat Ye’or’s book, ‘The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude : Seventh-Twentieth Century’

    too bad some Christians – and also Jews and others of all ideologies don’t read islamic history and find out what islam is all about!!!

  15. The ‘Rev’ Ann Holmes Redding is already having an each way bet with her name and now with her religious affiliation but has at least been defrocked since 2009.

  16. MAY THESE CHURCHES BE CALLED OUT BEFORE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IN ORDER TO CONVICT THEIR EVIL TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST THE GIFT OF LIFE GIVEN TO US BY OUR LORD GOD WHO CONSIDERS ALLAH AS A FALSE GOD OF A FALSE PROPHET. “HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.” THOU SHALT NOT KILL” “THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.” “THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBORS WIFE OR ANYTHING OF THY NEIGHBORS” THOU SHALT NOT STEAL” “THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP IDOLS>JUST TO NAME A FEW TRANSGRESSIONS by the ISLAMIC CULT that are ADDRESSED DIRECTLY IN THESE COMMANDMENTS >>>

    >>FOR WHAT DOES LIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH DARKNESS? <>> NO CHRISTIAN SHOULD EVER BE YOKED WITH such evil!!<<<< MAY GOD HAVE MERCY UPON THE SOULS OF THESE TRANSGRESSORS FOR ACCEPTING EVIL MURDEROUS ANTI-CHRISTIAN CULTISTS!!!…They are

  17. Great comments. Nothing more to add — just wanted to say that those faithful to Jesus made some great comments here.

  18. This is insane. I have served in Iraq and worked closely with Muslims. I have stood beside Muslims in a fire fight. As a joke at the end of the day I would ask “Mo,” his nickname since they never want to use thier real names, what he thought about me as a Christian. To him I am the infidel. I saved his life that day. LOL They are indoctrinated from birth to hate us and look down upon us, and nothing you or I can do will ever change that. If they tell you they respect you they are lying. They are allowed to lie to forward the cause of Islam. They tolerate us because we pump money into their economies to appeaze them. I dare this country to completly cut off foreign aid and spending for Muslim nations. After serving with them and learning about REAL Islam I can never trust another Muslim again. Bottom line is if they show us respect and treat us like equals they are either sinning or trying to trick us into giving them something. God help us if this movement really goes somewhere. Never forget this, there is no moderate Muslim the writings of Mohammed are not be interpretted but followed. Moderation is as much an abomonation as the term Chrislam.

  19. How can any ‘so called’ Christian align themselves with a CULT which denies the crucifixion and Ressurection of Christ and relegates him to simply another Prophet? But a lesser one than Momammad of course with no direct contact to God ?
    To even think that there is room for discussion on this with Mohammedans who MUST believe on pain of Apostacy that the Koran is the ‘Actual and UNALTERABLE’ word of Mohammads ‘sock puppet’ Allah is absolutely LUDICROUS and just shows the sublime stupidity of moonbat Political Correctness.

  20. This all sounds like a big crock of camel dung to me. Jesus didn’t come to make way for moohamid or any other false prophet.

  21. The only relationship I want with islam involves the butt pulled in nice and tight and the selector on full auto.

  22. Christmas Market in Copenhagen
    – Looks more like “Christlam”, though

    The photo looks normal at first, with a lot of Christmas lights, Christmas tree, snow crystals, and all, – and then, you notice what is absolutely wrong – An uplit mosque in the background, with the moon symbol at the top of it! That’s when you realize that the whole picture is so totally wrong!

    – What on Earth…! How could this happen? Unimaginable!

    http://go.nrk.no/go/e/article;siteId=185;afu=www.nrk.noa47helse-forbruk-og-livsstila471.7358941/http://gfx.nrk.no/g5gDd5mUW308DD8UaEWvRA4yfVGZ93pUywg7P2-Bn0qg.jpg

  23. These ‘worshipers’ are FOOLS! They must think Jesus Christ was a LIAR when he said “No man comes to the Father but by me”!

    The Bible clearly says you can’t server 2 masters and putting the terrorists hand-book (Koran) next to the Bible is …like spitting in God’s eyes.

    This is worse then allowing practicing homosexuals to be church leaders!

  24. Muslims in the USA should be treated like Christians are treated in Muslim-ran countries like Saudi Arabia.

  25. It’s a hoax!!!
    I emailed my friend in Houston who knows the Beulah church well and below is an explanation.

    28 February
    Fictional Church Sign Wars

    Lately the Internet has been abuzz with battling church signs between Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Church and Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church over whether or not dogs have souls. If you Google Our Lady of Martyrs you’re going to be overwhelmed with places to go and responses to the eternal question about animal salvation. You’re also going to be hit square between the eyes by a number of very bitter lapsed Catholics.

    The only problem is there never was a battling signboard war between an Our Lady of Martyrs and a Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It was all a prank. The national Cumberland Presbyterian Church was finally forced to put up a page on its website from Pat White, editor of The Cumberland Presbyterian, telling all and sundry, that it was a prank and telling everyone who went to the site to check it out at http://www.churchsigngenerator.com to see how the prankster carried it out.

    Sorry folks. There is no Our Lady of Martyrs across the street from a Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church. There is no war over dogs having souls. It is all a joke. But it was on the Internet so it must have been true or so a large number of very naïve people thought.

    I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that I was initially snookered into the game. There was something so delightfully innocent about the exchange between the two churches that I wanted to believe in it. Then the more I thought about it I just couldn’t believe that a cassocked Roman Catholic priest and a Cumberland Presbyterian minister – black suit and all – could take time out of their day to dash back and forth writing messages about dogs and souls on their respective signboards. Surely even they had more to occupy their time than that! If not the Parish Council should make an appointment with the bishop and the Presbyterian governing body should sit down with the pastor and discuss more effective use of his time.

    Anyway the more I thought about it the wording of the exchange seemed more like the wording high school students would use and less like theologically trained adults, even given the limits of space on a signboard. So I decided to go to the Internet and try to research the problem in a little more depth.

    When I looked up Our Lady of Martyrs I discovered that I could find nothing except references to the sign controversy and a great number of responses about the relative merits of animals over human beings. I am not getting into this one except to say that I have noticed that dogs are extremely fond of the people who feed them to the exclusion of most other people. I do not consider this to show their moral superiority to the human race though I do like dogs even though they do not contribute to the American Red Cross.

    I only began to find cracks, as it were, in the story when I began to search Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It seems the Cumberland Presbyterians feel that they have a far greater vested interest in protecting their image to the world at large than do the Roman Catholics. The Cumberland Presbyterians immediately pointed me to the error of my ways in ever believing this foolish signboard story and did it in a kind and gentle way.

    Whatever their beliefs I think that if I ever decide to leave the Episcopal Church I shall become a Cumberland Presbyterian. They seem to have some grasp on making certain everyone knows the truth and they seem to be able to tell it in such a way as not to make me, at least, feel like an idiot for failing to recognize error.

    What more could you want?

  26. @ proud christian…I would ask you. Being an American. If the US were invaded by some factions in the middle east, and built embassies and bases in your back yard. Spoke a foriegn language, killed you friends and maybe family, because they had the power to do so! ON YOUR OWN SOIL! Are totally clueless of your culture and religion. Then prosletize a way of life that is insulting and foriegn. Any REAL christian would not have invaded in the first place.
    It’s your “brand” of christian that gives christianity a bad name.
    Do the world a BIG favor. STAY IN AMERICA!
    If you had to wear there shoes… you would do just the same.

  27. There is no way to unite the Christian and Muslim faith. One believe in the death and resurrection of Christ why the other believe he was raptured. It will be insane for people who call themselves Christians to by the idea of Chrislam. Are you creating a religion of your own? It will be better for me to become an Atheist than to change what the Bible says. What has civilization turned Christians into? Have you forgotten the few that are chosen? Do you care about what the founder of the Christian faith taught you concerning the false teachers that will show up on earth? Why are you so human not to smell death when you see one. We have life in Christ and He is our salvation. We cannot submit to the Christ and Muhammad think. He has his people, let them live their peaceful lives while we live ours. Judge me not and I will also not judge you. Let everyone embrace his/her own faith… Chrislam will be a rebelion against Christ himself in whom we put our trust and assurance of salvation.

    Christians (the called), think twice…. This looks like the wide road that leads to destruction to me.

    Blessings…

  28. There is no way to unite the Christian and Muslim faith. One believe in the death and resurrection of Christ why the other believe He was raptured. It will be insane for people who call themselves Christians to by the idea of Chrislam. Are you creating a religion of your own? It will be better for me to become an Atheist than to change what the Bible says. What has civilization turned Christians into? Have you forgotten the few that are chosen? Do you care about what the founder of the Christian faith (Jesus Christ) taught you concerning the false teachers that will show up on earth? Why are you so human not to smell death when you see one. We have life in Christ and He is our salvation. We cannot submit to the Christ and Muhammad thing. He has his people, let them live their peaceful lives while we live ours. Judge me not and I will also not judge you. Let everyone embrace his/her own faith… Chrislam will be a rebellion against Christ himself in whom we put our trust and assurance of salvation.

    Christians (the called), think twice…. This looks like the wide road that leads to destruction to me.

    Blessings…

  29. Another Chrislam Loon: Lawler of Arabia

    When ‘Christian’ clerics go astray

    We all thought it couldn’t happen. We never would would have guessed, although Robert Spencer noticed. Even the Episcopalians I know wouldn’t have predicted that it was possible to do something so outrageous it might get you disciplined by the Episcopal church. (Leave aside, of course, actions or statements that verge too far to the Right; people tempted that way generally find their own ways to Rome or Antioch anyway.) But we were wrong. In a development that is—once you look past the callous folly that provoked it—rather encouraging, it seems that an Episcopal priest in Missouri has been threatened with the loss of his collar and his job if he won’t stop practicing Islam. Which he’d promised to do for 40 days, instead of Christian rituals. For Lent. As Christianity Today reports:

    The Rev. Steve Lawler should have just given up chocolate or television for Lent.
    Instead, Lawler, the part-time rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, decided to adopt the rituals of Islam for 40 days to gain a deeper understanding of the faith.

    Two days after it began, he faced being defrocked if he continued in those endeavors.

    “He can’t be both a Christian and a Muslim,” said Bishop George Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. “If he chooses to practice as Muslim, then he would, by default, give up his Christian identity and priesthood in the church.”

    Lawler didn’t foresee such problems when he came up with the idea. He merely wanted to learn more about Islam, he said, especially in light of the ongoing congressional hearings on the radicalization of the faith.

    On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, he began performing “salah” five times a day, by facing east, toward Mecca, and praying to Allah. He also started studying the Quran and following Islamic dietary restrictions by abstaining from alcohol and pork.

    During Holy Week, he planned to fast from dawn to sunset as Muslims do during Ramadan.

    So far so good. With a firmness that white scions of Canterbury haven’t displayed for decades, Lawler’s bishop cracked down on him. Of course, the reason he gave was soaked in relativistic lavender eau de toilette:
    [I]n [Bishop] Smith’s eyes, the exercise amounts to “playing” at someone else’s religion and could be viewed as disrespectful.

    “I believe what he’s trying to accomplish or says he’s trying to accomplish, which is to deepen his understanding of Islam, is admirable,” the bishop said. “But you dishonor another faith by pretending to take it on. You build bridges by building relationships with neighbors who are Muslim.”
    Local Muslims knew better than Bishop Smith how to interpret Rev. Lawler’s servile grovelings:
    Mohammed Ibrahim, chairman of the board of directors of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, isn’t offended at all by Lawler practicing Islamic rituals.
    “I think it’s a good idea to understand better what Islam is,” he said. “We do welcome it. People can come and watch us pray at the mosques and participate in prayer if they want to.”

    I’ll bet he isn’t offended—and if he were he wouldn’t show it. The first principle in the Methodology of Dawa is to present the friendly, peace-loving face of Islam to possible converts. Then involve them in the life of a close-knit community, shear off their ties to their previous lives, and only then, once they have completely committed themselves to their new faith, inform them “what revolution it must bring in the life of an individual and the society in which he lives.” I’m thankful that Bishop Smith sensed, at least on some level, what stakes were entailed. And perhaps he’s not alone.
    It’s not the first time the Episcopal Church has confronted a priest over dabbling in Islam; in 2009, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding was defrocked two years after she embraced Islam because, her bishop said, “a priest of the church cannot be both a Christian and a Muslim.”
    Smith said Lawler would face punitive actions if he continued with the rituals.

    I was almost disappointed to read the following sentence:
    Lawler said he only planned to take his idea so far — he did not intend to embrace one of the Five Pillars of Islam that requires Muslims to declare a belief in the oneness of God and to accept Muhammad as God’s prophet.
    That’s really too bad, because if Lawler had made the shehada, and then tried to go back on it, he would by Qur’anic injunction be subject to the death penalty—a penalty that is on the lawbooks, and is applied, in majority Muslim countries like Iran and Afghanistan. Of course, that’s part of the Muslim experience that the priest probably didn’t bank on when he decided to play at being Lawler of Arabia.

    There was never much hope of his conversion taking. The Prophet’s seed fell on fallow ground, as became clear on Day Two of his Muslim Lent, when Lawler showed his deep faith in mainline Protestantism by performing its most sacred rite: He issued a press release.

    On his second day of seeing Lent through Muslim eyes, Lawler issued a press release promoting his unique way of spending Lent. Speaking to a reporter that afternoon, he had no problem reconciling his Episcopal views with those of Islam.
    “I could have sat down and read scholarly literature on Islam, but that’s still stepping back from it rather than encountering it,” he said, over a cup of tea in the office of St. Stephen’s Church. “You can think about doing something, but once you do it, you really reflect on it.”

    Lawler’s own words perfectly encapsulate how the West has “encountered” Islam: Act first, then reflect on it. In a fit of lazy cultural vandalism, we admitted tens of millions of Muslims into our countries, and then once they’d lodged themselves like bits of broken glass in our intestines, we sat down to digest what we’d done. Some of us are willing to admit that we’re feeling the pain, but many more are gritting their teeth and pretending it doesn’t hurt—or worse yet, blaming their bodies for failing to “welcome” such newcomers.

    Lawler doesn’t seem to have learned much from his experience, except that even Anglicanism has its limits—and limits are one thing he has spent his life evading:

    Lawler, who has been at St. Stephen’s for eight years, was born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church but left during his early 20s because he didn’t care for its conservative viewpoints.
    “The Episcopal church is a fairly open church,” he said. “If I was the pastor at a very conservative church, I could come in one day and have the locks changed (for doing the Islamic rituals).”

    Lawler learned the Episcopal church is more rigid than he had thought. After hearing the objections of the bishop, Lawler reversed course, giving up the Islamic rituals.

    There is more evidence that Anglicans are pushing back against Islamic conquest last month, when the Church of England announced it would stop serving halal food in its church schools. (Small victories… I’ll take them!) What staggers me is the thought that some Irish-American who found the Catholic Church too confining a home would be remotely tempted by the one world religion that still has heresy trials, religious wars, and governments that enforce its laws on religious minorities. Was Lawler merely nostalgic for the abuses of Christianity that attended the Spanish Inquisition and the Thirty Years’ War? Was he born in the wrong century?

    More likely, Lawler learned from reading books like Karen Armstrong’s that Muslims are merely Episcopalians with hookah pipes. Maybe the only real school for people like him is the one of hard knocks. It seems he wasn’t knocked quite hard enough, however:
    For his part, Lawler said he was not disappointed with the Episcopal church’s reaction.
    “It’s a conversation, so I don’t feel excluded or ordered about, and I understand Bishop Smith’s concerns about what this would mean,” he said. “I knew I was stepping into this as a discovery. It’s turning out to be different than I thought, but also richer than I thought.”

    Yeah, Lawler’s in the right church, all right. The moment I hear Muslim authorities talking that kind of blather, I’ll know that they’ve caught the modern rot, and I’ll stop worrying about them.

  30. “… the Church of England announced it would stop serving halal food in its church schools …”

    What on Earth were they doing serving food sacrificed to idols to begin with?

  31. * Chrislam is here!

    Mystery Babylon is here, to use its prophetic name. The congregations may unwittingly embrace it, until the blood begins to flow…

  32. [Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?]
    (2 Corinthians 6:14)

    Which is exactly what all these “interfaith” churches are doing.

  33. Vomit Alert (and spiritual danger Red Alert):

    http://chrislam.org/

    “We are brothers, We are a family of God. Not one of us is better than the other in His eyes. He loves us both. The future can only be won against the “Evil one” by all of us standing strong together.”

    Malcom X]

    * They are playing into the hands of the evil one by turning away from salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ in favour of submission to allah.

    1. Civilization is coming unraveled in the city that gave us Hussein Obama and much of his crew. But don’t be racist by noticing:

      St. Sabina’s Church is where unhinged Obama crony Michael Phleger, the Emimem of Black Liberation Theology, spews maniacal diatribes denouncing Caucasians:

      http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2011/06/liberals-franke.html

      Phleger is is a white lunatic and a wanna-be black.

      Black Liberation Theology explained:

      Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

      How about making Charles Manson the next President?

  34. Not sure if this has been posted on WoJ before or not – I found it while looking for something else:

    http://shariah4america.com/NewYork/The-Islamic-Demolition-of-the-Statue-of-Liberty

    The Islamic Demolition of the Statue of Liberty

    [Due to the scale of the task at hand, it is highly likely that rigorous safety checks will need to be employed before the demolition of the Statue of Liberty can commence; thus as a temporary measure, it is proposed that a large burkha is used to cover the statue, thereby shielding this horrendous eye sore from public view as well as sending a strong message to its French creators.]

    * Apparently Chowderhead’s work – contact = mobile phone in UK (?)
    (+44) 7956 600 569

  35. * Civilization is coming unraveled in the city that gave us Hussein Obama and much of his crew.

    Cabrini Green on ‘roids. Parts of Oz cities are heading that way, mainly within the last 10 or so years, thanks to bi-partisan enrichment programs.

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