But these misguided Christian tools prefer to be on their knees. Not only that, they also find it necessary to apologize for something they didn’t even care to inform themselves about:
“Timothy McVeigh and David Koresh do not typify Christianity,” (Willitsnews)
“Many people believe or at least wonder if people like Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar typify Islam. They do not.”
Ignorance is bliss.
Islamic scholar will speak at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Islamic scholar Sameh Hussein, imam at the Santa Rosa Islamic Society and a successful Redwood Empire businessman, will speak at Ukiah’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.
A 12:30 p.m. taco salad lunch will precede the free talk.
Imam Hussein “will discuss the salient features of Islam and the common thread between Islam and other faiths who trace their roots to the Patriarch Abraham,” says the Rev. Fr. Bill Adams of Holy Trinity. “He will also discuss the beliefs and practices of Muslims. (Da’awa) He will not shy away from the difficult topics of our day,(Taqiyya) but will hope that what he shares will cause us to respect each other.
Imam Hussein also will take questions from those attending and address their concerns.
“I have found there is a great hunger to know more about the Islam of peace,” said Fr. Adams. “This can only be a good thing, for our parishes, our communities and the diocese.” (read it all)
Sometimes its better to have a centralized command:
Them’s the rules: Liturgical regulations prevent Qur’an reading at a Catholic Mass in North Carolina.
Several disasters were averted here. For Catholics, the instruction inÂ Redemptionis Sacramentum, quoted below, prevented a serious liturgical abuse. Then, there are all the reasons that Mark DurieÂ ably described that Islamic prayers, and also spectacles such as this, are distasteful in any Christian house of worship.
Thankfully, these rules also prevented the pulpit from being used to mislead and intimidate parishioners by conflating a highly politicized exercise in combating “Islamophobia” with established Church teachings.
Glossing over the truth to keep the peace at any cost is not exactly an act of charity; indeed, several of the Church’s Spiritual Works of Mercy involve potentially telling people things they do not want to hear (“admonish sinners,” “instruct the ignorant,” “counsel the doubtful”). And while the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes beliefs Islam holds in common with Christianity (841), that in no way rules out the right to acknowledge the many things it does not, or that Islamic teachings have been a source of great suffering and persecution for Christians and other non-Muslims, even to this very day.
The Catechism’s acknowledgement of a few overlapping tenets must be taken in the context of what comes immediately after it: a discussion of the imperative to evangelize (848-49), which ShariaÂ absolutely forbids. Would the faithful have heard that at the planned Qur’an reading? Would they have heard the full range ofÂ what the Qur’an has to say about Christians,Â Jews, andÂ non-Muslims in general?
Since the whole purpose of this exercise was to make a congregation a captive audience to indoctrination about “Islamophobia,” that is most unlikely. Here, the “common ground” angle would have been used in its worst way: to imply that the existence of “common ground” rules out any rational concerns about differences. And the implication would have gone further here, giving the impression that anyone who dissented was a bad Catholic for doing so.
“Jesuit parish cancels Qur’an reading,” fromÂ Catholic Culture, June 10 (thanks to JW):
A Jesuit parish in Charlotte has canceled plans to read the Qur’an from the pulpit on June 26, the feast of Corpus Christi.
“Just having something public is not going to be a big, big deal here, but to have someone come in and read from the Qur’an and to recognize publicly the existence of Islam and to reverence and respect is a good thing for the Church to do,” Father Patrick Earl,Â SJ,Â said on May 27. “I’ve heard from Muslim imams about what they and their congregations have suffered just from the fear, the fear of what they call Islamophobia.”
On June 7, Father Earl announced the cancellation of the event; he said that he had been unaware that 2004 Vatican instructionÂ Redemptionis Sacramentumforbade such readings. The document states that “it is strictly to be considered an abuse to introduce into the celebration of Holy Mass elements that are contrary to the prescriptions of the liturgical books and taken from the rites of other religions.”