They’re planning to “combat the myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islam.” Hey, that’s terrific. Call me, won’t you, Dr. Williams? We can discuss some of those foremost myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings, including the idea that the core texts of Islam teach peace and tolerance, and that they have been understood as teaching peace and tolerance throughout the major portion of Islamic history.
I am confident that since you are so dead set against myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islam, you will be open to this perspective, no? After all, I am prepared with innumerable citations from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
From Ekklesia, with thanks to a tea-loving snail:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch tomorrow of a new Christian-Muslim Forum in the UK.
The event coincides with the unveiling in London today of what is claimed to be Europe’s largest-ever exhibition to “combat the myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islam” — headed up by the Muslim envoy who has been seeking the release of four Christian Peacemaker Teams activists in Iraq.
The Christian-Muslim Forum brings together a wide range of people involved in community life from both faiths, together with specialist members. It is also supported by scholar-consultants drawn from academic life.
As a Founding Patron of the Forum, Dr Williams will welcome senior church and faith leaders, politicians and other guests at an evening reception to mark the new body”s inception.