Or at least that’s what the following headline would have you think, when in fact, only Christians are quoted praising Muslims — one of the many glaring inconsistencies in the following account. “Muslims, Christians praise each other,” from the Ottawa Citizen, August 9:
Two prominent evangelical Christians praised their dialogue with Muslim leaders Thursday at the end of a three-day conference seeking ways to ease tensions between the world’s two largest faiths.
Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Geoff Tunnicliffe, World Evangelical Alliance international director, said some in their ranks had criticized their participation as a concession to Islam.
But both told the final session they were able to openly discuss their religious differences with Muslim participants while agreeing to work to find more common ground with them.
“Our differences are deep and real,” said Mr. Anderson of the Washington-based association. “But I have been especially impressed this week with the comfortable candour with which Muslims and Christians have clearly stated their own doctrines to one another.”
“It has been good to sit together and build new friendships,” said Mr. Tunnicliffe, who is based in Vancouver.
Evangelicals and Muslims are not natural partners. Some Muslim preachers charge U.S. evangelicals with waging war against Islam and trying to convert them. Some evangelical preachers accuse Muslims of worshiping a false god.[…]
Odd that: Muslims accuse evangelicals of waging a crusade against Islam, but evangelicals have no other accusation against Muslims than that they worship a false god? What about eternal jihad, dhimmitude, misogyny, and all the other inevitable “problematic” aspects that may result from, not only worshipping a “false god,” but basing one’s life on the “pattern” of the man who first fabricated the lie?
“In this dialogue, we are not discussing doctrines or creeds,” said Mohammed Bechari, secretary general of the Islamic European Conference. “We are just trying to find common ground for religions to work together as intended by God.”
That is, we are trying to get the hated Crusader off our back, to give us time to regroup, since we are currently not strong enough for an all out military confrontation with the West.
In their final statement, participants affirmed their support for freedom of religion and mutual respect, important points for Christians who say Muslim-majority countries curtail rights of religious minorities and for Muslims who accuse Western societies of widespread prejudice against Islam.
Of course, institutionalized religious discrimination against all non-Muslims throughout the Islamic world is equivalent to the very real fear Westerners have for Islam — a fear based on, among other things, Islam’s institutionalized hatred of all things un-Islamic.
In the statement, the 140 conference participants said they wanted to organize an annual week in which Christian and Muslim clergy would preach to their congregations about the positive aspects of the other faith.
Can’t you see it now? Minarets and mosques in Egypt, especially those near Coptic communities, instead of blasting Koranic verses such as “Infidels are they who say God is three,” will be “praising” Christianity. And Arabia’s Wahhabis will of course be touting the “positive aspects” of Christianity.
Mr. Tunnicliffe said evangelicals and Muslims share the common fate of being “stereotyped and stigmatized.”
“Just as we promise to seek to move beyond the stereotyping of Muslims found in the media, can I ask you, my Muslim friends, to get to know us beyond what is reported in the newspapers and television programs?” he asked.
Now there’s the sort of un-dhimmified assertiveness Muslims appreciate.