Skip to comments.Presbyterian Church (USA) Uses Islamists for 'Interfaith' Study
Posted on 04/13/2013 3:10:41 AM PDT by Cronos
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is updating its 2010 study, "“Toward an Understanding of Christian-Muslim Relations,” which was prompted by "alarming anti-Muslim statements and actions." The 2-million member church partnered with Islamist groups for the project and its website promotes U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities as interfaith partners.
The listed advisors for the study include Naeem Baig, president of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Farhanahz Eliz of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, a mosque led by the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo lists ISNA and ICNA among "our organizations and the organizations of our friends." ISNA was labeled by the government as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial and U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity.
Another advisor was Ghulam Haider Aasi of American Islamic College. The chairman of the board of trustees is Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Its advisory board includes Ahmed Rehab of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Kifah Mustapha of the Mosque Foundation. CAIR and Mustapha are also unindicted co-conspirators that were listed as part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Palestine Committee. The president of the Mosque Foundation, Oussama Jamal, is also on the advisory board.
The study's bibliography cites Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood's creator; Dr. John Esposito, one of the top allies of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network and Ingrid Mattson, former ISNA president, described by the authors as an "excellent and readable scholar." She is also on the International Institute of Islamic Thought's Council of Scholars, another group mentioned in the 1991 memo.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency's “interfaith links of interest” include CAIR, ICNA, ISNA and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a group founded by Muslim Brotherhood ideologues that has opposed the designations of Hamas and Hezbollah as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
An e-mail sent to an address on the Presbyterian Mission Agency's website was not returned.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) also whitewashed Imam Zaid Shakir and Zaytuna College in a book it published titled, “The Search for Truth About Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction" by Reverend Ben Daniel. The book "explores what he calls 'the American cult of fear,' particularly as it relates to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States."
The book says that Zaytuna College, which Shakir is a founder and co-chairman of, is "filling an important niche in American higher education." The reader is not told about his history of extremism, which includes preaching that a new Caliphate is needed to wage jihad with "weaponry against the enemies of Islam." Instead, readers are left with the impression that Shakir is a living rebuttal to all the negative stereotypes that moderate Muslims must contend with.
What begins as an interfaith partnership often becomes a political partnership. In July 2012, the Presbyterian Church Office of Public Witness and other Christian groups came to the defense of ISNA, MPAC and Huma Abedin, the State Department appointee with Islamist links. The Presbyterian Church was offended that Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other congressmen had raised concerns about the Brotherhood links of these organizations and individuals.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) and its Islamic interfaith partners have also made common cause when it comes to Israel. The Church almost voted in favor of divestment from Israel last summer, winning praise from the director of ISNA's Office of Interfaith Relations, Sayyid Syeed. He was previously recorded in 2006 saying, "Our job is to change the constitution of America."
Its Israel-Palestine Mission Network endorsed the “No Blank Check for Israel” rally on January 19. It is a member of the Interfaith Boycott Coalition, the faith-based wing of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The Interfaith Boycott Coalition supported the boycott of SodaStream because it is based in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
The revised study is scheduled to be presented during the 221st General Assembly in 2014. The current version states that Presbyterians are called to "identify and speak out against bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, and violence against Islam and Muslim peoples of all cultures, especially in the United States."
This may be a laudable goal, but we've seen how these groups use "Islamophobia" as a weapon against their critics. When Rep. Bachmann and her colleagues confronted these groups, they responded by deploying the Presbyterian Church and their other interfaith partners. They were criticized as paranoid and bigoted.
The Islamists want to make the church their "Islamophobia" police and undermine American-Christian support for Israel. And they are making progress.
These “interfaith” gatherings are just intel sessions for the musloids to identify their first murder targets.
It is for reasons such as this that the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) was formed. It remains conservative and rooted in true Biblical foundation.
Yep - exactly. The two denominations are worlds apart....
Islamists began working on and with the Presbyterian Church USA on September 12, 2001.
Indeed. These are post-Christian liberals trading on Christ’s good name, not to mention their betrayal of Knox. They would hate Jesus and John Knox if either were here in the flesh today.
I suspect if you dig deep enough, you will find wealthy Muslims have been subsidizing certain pastors and churches who display the "correct" attitudes towards Islam.
Like kids playing with gasoline & matches.
All of those on the coexist bumper sticker will be part of the one world, one false messiah religion. Organized religion will be deceived.. know what you believe and not what some priest, pastor, rabbi, church tells you what they believe and you nod your head...
The bible says all with their name not writen in the Lamb’s book of life will worship the beast and the dragon...well sure it does because those saints will be in heaven!and . wait..why would it be given to him to make war with those saints and overcome them in Revelation 13 if they were already gone? Does that mean there is no rapture? Will we be here for the tribulation? That isn’t in the bible is it? Wait, what did the movie say? But I go to church/temple every week...I have witnessed. I have taught sunday school... I, I, I.... oh Lord!
Mathew 7: 21 Not everyone who says to me,Lord,Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day,Lord,Lord,did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? 23 Then I will tell them plainly,I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
What does the bible say or is our question what does my religious leader tell me what the bible says?
Perseverance of the saints... the persecution of true believers is coming to places outside of the middle east and totalitarian regimes with no liberty... we wont be safe in our churches or temples.. maybe not even our homes..
Stand for the true Messiah and we may very well die for it- even in America..
Be prepared and know what the bible says and not what some, any or all religious leader, book, movie or some forum poster tells you what it says...