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Churches Asked To Share Pulpits With Muslims

18 May 2011 Uncategorized 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

(RNS) 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,” said the Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, on Tuesday (May 17).

More than 50 churches in 26 states already have committed to the initiative, including the Washington National Cathedral and New York’s Riverside Church.

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

“We want to send a message to the world that Americans do respect religious differences and reject religious bigotry and the demonization of Islam or any other religion,” he said.

Original post: Churches Asked To Share Pulpits With Muslims


  1. Fair enough. But what about quid pro quo? Are Catholic priests, Jewish rabbis, Protestant ministers invited to speak to Muslim congregations?
    Stay tuned.

  2. I see no issue with that; no one should be proselytizing while being invited to speak at another faith’s place of worship nor should they be approached by anyone there for the purpose of proselytizing.

    It’s all a part of an interfaith dialog.

  3. kaatib:

    There aren’t many Muslims making public statements that negatively influence public opinion of Christians which incite violence against Christians or those who appear to be Christians.

    So, while having Catholics and Christians speak to Muslim congregations, it would more for fairness vs. opening a dialog for understanding of the Christian faith.

  4. [2.71] Musa said: He says, Surely she is a cow not made submissive that she should plough the land, nor does she irrigate the tilth; sound, without a blemish in her. They said: Now you have brought the truth; so they sacrificed her, though they had not the mind to do (it).
    [2.72] And when you killed a man, then you disagreed with respect to that, and Allah was to bring forth that which you were going to hide.
    [2.73] So We said: Strike the (dead body) with part of the (Sacrificed cow), thus Allah brings the dead to life, and He shows you His signs so that you may understand.
    [2.74] Then your hearts hardened after that, so that they were like rocks, rather worse in hardness; and surely there are some rocks from which streams burst forth, and surely there are some of them which split asunder so water issues out of them, and surely there are some of them which fall down for fear of Allah, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do.
    [2.75] Do you then hope that they would believe in you, and a party from among them indeed used to hear the Word of Allah, then altered it after they had understood it, and they know (this).
    [2.76] And when they meet those who believe they say: We believe, and when they are alone one with another they say: Do you talk to them of what Allah has disclosed to you that they may contend with you by this before your Lord? Do you not then understand?
    [2.77] Do they not know that Allah knows what they keep secret and what they make known?

  5. 2prez, do you think the begining of the 24th surah is good law?

  6. I think that working together will only help. Show the best love, tolerance, fellowship and speaking out against violence. America was founded on amendment (1) freedom of religion which is also freedom from religion. I know that people who are not christian can be worked with, become friends etc. People can politely ask others to their church and they can equally respectfully be taken or declined.
    There are Christian terrorists just as there are islamic terrorists, they just kill fewer, that doesn’t make it right. Let’s try peace, love, and understanding for the next thousand years. If that doesn’t work, we can go back to what we are doing now 🙂

  7. Kaatib asks if Catholic priests, Jewish rabbis and Protestant ministers will be invited to speak to Muslim congregations. The answer to that question is probably not. Specifically the initiative in question is meant to counter anti-Muslim bigotry, which is a good thing, but some Muslims still have their own bigotry to deal with also. I hope both sides can work it out.

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  9. Quote ”There aren’t many Muslims making public statements that negatively influence public opinion of Christians which incite violence against Christians or those who appear to be Christians.”

    True. Minorities are usually prudent in word and deed.
    An example would be Christians, Hindus, and others in Muslim countries such as Pakistan where the charge of blasphemy can be quickly levied, with the requisite violence. But fortunately such extreme outbursts are not usually the case in the United States.

  10. mike:

    But of course. Did you expect me to produce a better surah? LOL

    I take it that you, however, take issue wit it……and similar guidance revealed in the Bible….?

  11. dueceprez,

    yes very much so. good to know you support torture of legal, harmless, behavior of consenting adults. are you american? no need to fear sharia? my “islamaphobia” just went up a notch.

  12. Why should Churches accept Islam into their pulpits. Would islam accept the church congregations into their Mosques, or allow them to preach their beliefs to a Muslim audience.
    Tollerance works both ways and it is certainly nothing but intollerance we see from islam today. Hate the West, Kill all the Infadels, Al Zaqhawi is your prime example of radical Islamic intollerance. How many beheadings of westerners did he do in the name of Islam, I lost count and in the most barbaric way possible.
    I have many Muslim friends who can see through the radical extremists in islam, and those fooled by their properganda.
    When Islam is ready to welcome other religions especially the jews into their lives then perhaps we can make head way, until then posts like this are meaningless and time wasting, and just serve to make the divide bewtween islam and the rest of the world that much wider.

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