Skip to comments.Over 50 U.S. churches to hold Qur'an readings
Posted on 05/19/2011 12:49:09 PM PDT by NYer
We want to send a message to the world, said Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs for Human Rights First, that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion.
Do the Qur'an readings below constitute demonization of Christianity? Would Tad Stahnke care to explain why not?
Here are some readings that the congregants in the various churches might enjoy:
Christians have forgotten part of the divine revelations they received: "From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done." -- Qur'an 5:14
Jesus is not the Son of God: "O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not "Three" - Cease! (it is) better for you! - Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender." -- Qur'an 4:171
"It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is." -- Qur'an 19:35
Those who believe that Jesus is God's Son are accursed: "The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! " -- Qur'an 9:30
Jesus was not crucified: "And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger - they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain." -- Qur'an 4:157
"Pulpit pals: Christians, Jews, Muslims plan shared worship," by Adelle M. Banks for Religion News Service, May 17 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries to read from sacred texts next month in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim bigotry.
The June 26 initiative, called Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and Understanding, is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First. Leaders of the two Washington-based groups said the event hopes to demonstrate respect for Islam in the wake of Quran burnings in recent months.
As a Christian minister who is a pastor in a local congregation, it is important to me for our nation and our world to know that not all Christians promote hate, attack religions different from their own and seek to desecrate the scripture of others, the Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, said Tuesday.
More than 50 churches in 26 states already have committed to the initiative, including the Washington National Cathedral.
Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs for Human Rights First, said he hopes the initiative will draw attention to religious freedom and counter negative stereotypes of Christian leaders making anti-Muslim statements.
We want to send a message to the world, he said, that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion.
How many Mosques are holding Bible readings??
These buildings should be torn down, they are no longer functioning properly.
And when will their bff Muslims read the Bible in their mosques? When Hell freezes over...but then most of these phony, Oprah-inspired “churches” don’t believe there is a Hell anyway.
I fully support this, as long as the readers wipe their butt with the koran and then burn it.
Islam IS the state.
Morons. He will defend “any other religion,” no matter what?
Is Satanism OK, then, Rev. Bozo? After all, we wouldn’t want to demonize Satan, would we? That would be mean!
And whomever goes to these “churches” after this had might as well stop pretending like they even know who Jesus is.
Reading a book that denies Christ is a desecration of what is supposed to be a temple of Christ.
How many of these "50 churches" are holding Bible readings? I wouldn't jump to any conclusions.
Dhimmis in training.
They need to have Anne Barnhardt officiating the readings and providing interpretation.
They need to have Anne Barnhardt hosting the readings and providing interpretation.
This is legit only as a “know thy enemy”. Much the same reason Thomas Jefferson read the Koran. A fact lost on Keith Ellison (D-Mecca).
Here in Minnestoopid a lot of moonbats have the “COEXIST” bumper sticker. The C being the crescent moon of Islam. Of course which of the religions described in the bumper sticker has a problem with coexisting?
She’s quite the gal.
So I would say that these Churches are empty and teetering on bankruptcy, or they are so arrogant that they actually believe that they can convert Muslims to Christianity. Apostasy is punishable by death in Islam.
In the battle for souls, it is more likely that Islam will win especially when Christians open the gate for the enemy. These Churches will be mosques in a few years. Muslims are deadly serious about their mission. To many Christians, Church is just a social club.
"Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. ... As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them."