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While the religion in America were initially founded upon persecution in home countries, Muslims don't have any reason to come here and spread their religion since they aren't being persecuted in their home countries.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Rabbis, Imams, Pastors and Priests in Gainesville all got together and decided which passages from each book would be central and acceptable and meaningful to all three sects of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Rabbis read passages from the Christian Bible and Quran, Imams read passages from the Bible and Torah, and Priests, Pastors and Reverends read passages from the Quran and Torah.
Each congregation is reported to have received these positively, and indeed the congregants of each house of worship felt that they had to do something to show their own open minded respect and tolerance of other sects so they wouldn’t be stigmatized by Jones’s actions.
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Glad you posted this thread Proto, it's important that people know there are intelligent sane people out there, in this case in the form of Pastors, Rabbis and Imams, this will go far in healing those congregations at least, most give credence to what their religious leaders have a say and learn by example
Originally posted by CitizenNum287119327
Does anyone know what portions
of the 3 books they read out?
A Common Word: Readings from Quran and Scripture
From Hebrew Scripture – The Sh’ma. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all our might.” Leviticus 19:18 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
From Christian Scripture Matthew 22: “Jesus answered, “the first is, ‘Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lofe [sic -- I assume this is a typo for Lord] your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other greater commandment than these.”
From the Quran Love of God “Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us
and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him).” (Aal ‘Imran 3:64)
Love of Neighbor It is not righteousness that ye turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believeth in God and the Last Day and the angels and the Scripture and the prophets; and giveth wealth, for love of Him, to kinsfolk and to orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and who set slaves free.
You understand don't you that Muslims are absolutely being persecuted in their own countries. In part in places where some political factions like the Taliban or Iranian Government would like to rule using a harsh interpretation of Sharia law. Most Muslims are secular and would like the freedom to choose what passages of their Quran they are going to live their lives by, just like most Christians don't prefer to live like the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish who abide by every verse and passage of the Bible, and most Jews want the freedom to not have to abide by every passage in the Old Testament, Torah and Talmud like ultra-Orthodox Talumdic Jews do.
That's not to mention those fleeing secular violence brought on in places like Iraq where a strong arm ruler like Saddam Hussein and years of the different sects of Islam respecting an uneasy peace between them enforced by Saddam Hussein caused the nation to explode into secular violence once Saddam was removed from power.
That also does not take into consideration thos fleeing Coalition Bombs in places like Afghanistant and until recently Iraq.
So pretending that the Middle East is just a paradise on earth is absolutely rediculous, and blaming that violence all on Islam is absolutely rediculous when the Western Nations themselves have a lot to do with it too.
Further they aren't spreading Islam here in America they are practicing their religion of choice as is their constitutional right.
Further though you don't realize you are saying it, by painting a lily white picture of a predominantly Christian America at it's founding you are in fact admitting to how Christian Europeans slaughtered millions of Native American inhabitants because they weren't Christian thus persecuting them for not being Christian and violently spreading Christianity to the Indians who wanted to survive based on terms dictate to them by the Colonialists and then the new United States Government.