Friday, July 10, 2009

MIssing the Point

While undermining all that Obama is trying to do in the Middle East, you wonder why they don't care much for us.


Tamara said...

Undermining indeed. I'm so glad I don't have cable to see this. I think it's interesting that a pastor finds Islam (which, like Judaism and Christianity, has a link to Abraham) "of the devil." Whatever one believes, I have to ask (Seth Meyers-esque)..."really?!"

From a page at the University of Wisconsin's Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (as well as the Baha'i Faith) comprise a family of religions.
For Jews, Abraham is, through Isaac and Jacob, the founding patriarch of the Children of Israel, the person to whom God promises "I will make of you a great nation/And I will bless you" (Gen. 12:2) and with whom He enters into "an everlasting covenant throughout the ages to be God to you and to your offspring to come" (Gen. 17:7). For Christians, he is the progenitor through whose seed, Jesus, God's blessings descend to the faithful, the grantee of God's covenanted promise---"those who believe are blessed with Abraham who believed" (Gal. 3:9)---and a spiritual exemplar who "grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God" (Ro. 4:20). For Muslims, he is a prophet, a Friend of God who stands in the line of those---from Noah to Muhammad---to whom Allah gave revelations (Qur'an 4:163), and who "raised the foundations of the House" [i.e., the Ka'aba] (Qur'an 2:127) with his first son, Isma'il.

I wonder how many people would be out protesting if that sign said "Judaism" or "Baha'i"?

Oh, and Gainesville, for shame.

Tamara said...

P.S. That was really rushed because I'm leaving work, and people are calling, and emailing and you're calling...ahhh! ;)