Lying for God

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I visited a believer’s website with the headline:

“Washington National Cathedral to Host Muslim Prayer Service”

This sounded fine to me.  A very interfaith gesture.  Exactly what we need to see happen more to bring peace between religions.

I thought maybe this believer’s blog would say this openness and inclusion was indeed a very good thing.

No.

Islam is against Christianity (so they say)

and

The National Cathedral was built just for Christian Americans (so they say)

Oh, I didn’t know these things.

Maybe because they aren’t true.

The religions don’t agree on a lot of things, but one could argue (and many Muslims and Christians say) that the basic teachings are pretty much the same.  They aren’t “against” each other and can even live and pray together.  In fact, this happens more often these days.  I’ve planned and participated in just these kinds of community-building events.

The “National” Cathedral is an Episcopal Church and they can accept anyone they wish in their space.  By default it has become a sanctuary in the nation’s capitol, for the NATION, and the nation includes people who are Muslim and many other faiths. . .as well as those of us without a faith.

The lying, fear-mongering and re-writing of history while representing Any God is unacceptable, unethical and frankly destroys any credibility someone’s faith might still have.

I’ll call people on this every chance I get.

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4 thoughts on “Lying for God

  1. The thing is interpretation of the faith in question. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard it being said that in the Qu’ran, it encourages the slaughter of infidels (supposed ‘non believers’, as if to say, (at least in my mind), that what groups like ISIS are doing is right. Really?

    I think there are some people, regardless of faith (or even lack of), are hell – bent on division. Some people have this almost insatiable ‘us vs them’ mentality. Fortunately, I think most people are starting to see the destruction that this mentality causes and are steering away from it.

    1. I hope you’re right that most are waking up here. The key is no doubt what the key usually is: getting to know the real human beings behind the hate-screen–and behind and beyond the ancient books.

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