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When Dalgarno asked the church’s board to buy the [copies of the Qur'an], he cited Ecclesiastes 3:7 and said, “There is a time to be silent, and a time to speak up.” The group donated $600 by the end of the meeting. Dalgarno said, “We owe it to our faith … to separate ourselves from those who do, and provoke, violence.”http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-salt-lake-city/slc-presbyterians-provide-free-copies-of-islam-s-holy-book
Cold Turkey: a new vacation idea, pay to be muslim for a month!
Thompson quotes the book when comparing Muslim and Christian views of ‘salvation’:
Few people claim that the Christian God and the Muslim God are exactly the same. It may be that one sheds light on the other, but what we must avoid is a logically absurd situation where incompatible claims are held as compatible. Let me explain by taking as an example God’s method of salvation, specifically how one gets to heaven or paradise. For Christians, this happens through repentance and faith in Jesus. For Muslims, the main way this happens is when on the day of judgment God judges your good deeds to have outweighed your bad deeds. These are different and, I would suggest, mutually exclusive methods of salvation … While as Christians we can affirm the monotheism of Muslims, we cannot affirm their view of God in totality.
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Over at WaPo, Eboo Patel provides a critical review of Christiane Amanpour’s Should Americans Fear Islam segment.
I, personally, would have thought that the whole “HOLY WAR” banner being used as a back drop would have been a sufficient clue as to how bad it was going to be.
Muslims block Bible-burning in South Africa:
Several Muslims in Johannesburg, where the event was set to take place, launched an 11th hour interdict in the High Court to stop Mohammed Vawda from setting a Bible bonfire on Sept. 11. They argued that such an event would be divisive and an insult to all religions.
After a 40-minute hearing in the South Gauteng High Court, Judge Sita Kolbe agreed and banned the event. The ruling also amounts to a ban in South Africa on the burning of any Bibles and other religious books.
Lawyer Yasmin Omar, who represented an Islamic intellectual organization called Scholars of the Truth, spearheaded the legal bid with her husband, Zehir.
They called Mr. Vawda’s plans “appalling.”
After the verdict Mr. Omar said, “I’m very pleased the judge came to this decision. Not only did he ban this protest but he also banned other people from burning the Bible.
I like historical tidbits like this:
Who could imagine that a small rural town in America’s heartland – Elkader, Iowa – would be remembering a 19th century world-renowned Muslim hero? Yet, that has become reality through the bonding of a tiny dot on a map and a book. Thanks to John Kiser’s biography, Commander of the Faithful…The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883) [...] a much needed message of tolerance, respect and inter-faith understanding has been delivered directly to our doorstep.
Searching around, I came across this blog by a descendent of Abd el-Kader (or Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri) who writes about Abd el-Kader’s involvement in protecting Christians during the 1860 Damascus massacre. I can’t really excerpt it, or comment on it in anyway, but I did enjoy the whole post.
A wishy-washy interview with Imam Feisul Abdul Rauf:
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Aziz, I have a question. What do you believe interfaith dialog can accomplish?