CHRISTIAN GROUP GAINS GUMPTION
“NO” TO MUSLIM DEMANDS
In the wake of attempts by Rick Warren and other evangelical Protestant leaders to forge a rapprochement between Christians and Muslims, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) is calling upon all American Christians to take a militant stand against the expansion of sharia (Islamic law) in the West.
IRD has issued a statement which condemns the trend in countries, including Britain and the United States, to capitulate to Islamic demands.
In particular, the statement decries recent incidents in which political correctness has led to the banning of an advertisement deemed offensive to Muslims on the Miami-Dade county transit system and the blacking-out by some cable companies of an episode of “South Park” which depicts the Prophet Muhammad.
The document also cites wide-ranging examples of authorities accommodating Islamist demands, among them a draft constitution in Kenya that would give an official place to Islamic Khadi courts — effectively creating a different set of rules for Muslims.
IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J.H. McDonnell says: “Churches should encourage free societies to refuse censorship in the service of ‘anti-blasphemy’ and resist efforts to create different courts and law codes for different religious groups.”
On its website, the IRD calls itself “an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, and to contribute to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.”
Last July, Rev. Warren, pastor of the highly influential Saddleback Church, gave the keynote address at the annual gathering of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA, according to noted Islamic commentator Daniel Pipes, “works to apply the Shari’a, or Islamic law, a medieval code that denies dignity, civility and freedom to non-Muslims.”
“I come to you today with a spirit of love and a spirit of friendship and a spirit of deep respect. I love my dear, dear Muslim friends, my next door neighbor and so many that are friends, and I love you,” Rev. Warren said.
During the course of his 20-minute address, Warren made no mention of the fact that Islam remains the common denominator in every major conflict throughout the world and that Islamic law demands the forceful subjection of the global community to its principles.
Rev. Warren rather said that Muslims and Christians can work together by “maintaining our separate traditions,” and “maintaining our convictions without compromise.”