Randy made some good points about the NYC Mosque that President Obama and others are so heartily endorsing. I put the key line in bold below, as it highlights how one could support the religious freedom of the Muslims to build the Mosque while simultaneously pointing out how wildly insensitive and wrong it is. After all, isn’t it condescending to Muslims to act like they can’t ever be criticized?
It seems President Obama has finally come out with his views on the mosque that is being built at the center of the 9/11 attacks. According to this article, the president said “Muslims have the right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.” I would certainly agree with this comment.
However, I would also say that just because someone has the right to do something, that doesn’t make it right to do it. I think building the mosque at the base of what had been the twin towers is a slap in the face to everyone who lost a family member there, and to many of us who watched those towers fall. As an American, I have the right to feel that way. I also have the right to go to New York and picket the place (if it is ever built) and the right to tell others my opinion here on my blog.
Some people think Obama is a closet Muslim and that his response is further proof. I disagree. I think it is just bad leadership. As I said during the campaign when those accusations arose, I don’t think he is a Muslim. I also don’t think he is a Christian. I think it is pretty obvious whom he worships.
A typical bad response supporting Obama and the Muslims came from false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie, who kissed up to Islam in President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner; Speaks Out In Support Of New York Mosque.
Of course, like other theological Liberals, Chuck is too ignorant or cowardly to state the obvious: Christianity and Islam can’t both be true. Even if you support religious freedoms — which of course I do — then if you are an authentic Christian pastor (or even a plain old follower) you should be eager to point out the truth.
For example, when politely discussing Islam you can simply work in the fact that in Sura 157 of the Koran — an allegedly perfect book — the death of Jesus on the cross is explicitly denied multiple times, whereas in Christianity it is an oft-repeated and foundational claim that He did die on the cross.
And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him – they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him. Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
Koran, Sura 4:157-158
Therefore, we can’t both be right on this essential truth. So where do the facts line up?
- with Islam, which has one guy in a cave 500+ years after the fact receiving a vision he originally thought was from Satan?
- or with Christianity, where even secular historians agree that a real person named Jesus died on a Roman cross?
That’s just one example.
Oh, and while Chuck & Co. are championing religious freedom, why are they afraid to criticize Islam and its suppression of these freedoms in Muslim dominated countries? While encouraging Christians to support Muslims and religious freedom in the U.S., why can’t they even acknowledge the state of Muslim dominated countries and the creeping Sharia in even non-Muslim countries?
While supporting the legal right to for the Muslims to build the Mosque, why not acknowledge the legal right of others to criticize the Mosque?
And why aren’t they speaking out against the religious persecution of Christians in Dearborn, Michigan?
I’ll tell you why: Because they are inconsistent, cowardly fakes who love the world more than the one true God.
Do I support religious freedom? Of course! I support it all around the world. Christians should pray for and support religious freedom everywhere:
1 Timothy 2:1–4 (ESV) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Do I discriminate against Muslims? Of course not. I hired a guy named Mohammad, who is from Pakistan. This may come as a big shock to you, but it turns out that he is Muslim. Go figure! Do I think his religious views are wrong? Of course. Do I treat him fairly? Of course. My closest friend at work is a Muslim (albeit a nominal convert) and I have shared the Gospel with him many times. But our friendship isn’t contingent upon him converting to Christianity (as much as I hope and pray that he does).
Do Muslims have a legal right to build to build a Mosque in NYC? Of course.
Is it thoughtful of them to do so? No.
Should false teachers and President Obama have the guts to criticize the Muslims for their insensitivity? Of course. Will they? So far they haven’t. Instead of just acknowledging their legal rights they have endorsed the whole enterprise and encouraged us to support Muslims.