Guess Who’s Coming to the Cathedral?

If you were counting on a robust offensive (or even a mild defense) from U.S. churches to stop in its tracks the incursion of Islamism in America, perhaps you should save up to pay your jizya (tax imposed on non-Muslims, dhimmis, for the right to exist). Many churches in America are neither willing nor prepared to counter the influence and infiltration of Islamism in their own congregations, let alone in the wider civil society. Rather than fear the judgment of the Almighty, these churches fear the label “Islamophobic.”

Particularly in the left-leaning mainline denominations, but disturbingly more and more common with formerly conservative evangelicals as well, many churches are obsessed with making themselves likeable to Islamists. All in the name of peace and reconciliation, such churches opt for sessions of feel-good dialogue with the local mosque, gushing about how much Christianity and Islam have in common, and never challenging Muslims to serious debate on those so-called commonalities such as peace and brotherhood, the Muslim belief in the return to the earth of Jesus (Isa) and their devotion to Jesus’ mother, Mary (Maryam).

The Islamic interpretation of all of these is about as convoluted as the English translations in a Monty Python Hungarian Phrasebook. But most Christians don’t know that the Koran teaches that Isa was a prophet of Islam (Surah Âl ‘Imran 3:84) or that the Hadiths declare that Isa will return to earth to destroy Christianity and establish Islam. One tradition of Muhammad says that Isa will break the cross (abolish Christianity), kill pigs (infidels), and abolish the poll-tax (stop accepting the jizya and wage Jihad again). (Sunan Abu Dawud, 37:4310) Nor do they know that in the Koran, Muhammad pretty obviously confused Maryam, the mother of Isa, with the centuries’ older Miriam, the sister of Moses.

Eager to accept at face value expressions of peace and brotherhood, Christian/Muslim dialogues ignore these errors, as well as the many troubling statements about Christians, Jews, and other “unbelievers” in the Koran and the Hadiths. The Christian participants accept the claim of their Muslim guest speaker – usually a professor of Islamic studies at some Saudi-endowed university trained to present a perfectly palatable version of Islam to Christians – that the Shari’a is quite compatible with democracy.

Another display of eagerness to engage in fantasy was the sycophantic Loving God and Neighbor Together. In this statement, Yale theologians-and-friends naively responded to A Common Word Between Us and You, a letter from international Muslim leaders inviting Christians to embrace Islam. The Yale response’s ‘bold’ insertion of Christianity into the conversation references Jesus’ admonition to the Pharisee to remove the log from his own eye before attempting to deal with the splinter in his neighbor’s eye (Matthew 7:5). But they cite Christ’s words in order to apologize for such Christian “logs” as the Crusades and the War on Terrorism.

This was a strategic blunder according to theologian and author the Rev. Dr. Mark Durie, since “it sends the signal to Muslims that whatever the problems with Islam, and whatever the sins of Muslims, they are but a ‘speck’ compared to the collective crimes of Christians.” It was also a moral failure, because it betrays Christians in the Islamic world who are being slaughtered.

Durie explains that the Yale response, “adopts a self-humbling, grateful tone.” This is disturbing, he says, because it fits right in with the classic Islamic understanding that Christians are dhimmis who should be grateful “for the generosity of having their lives spared” and humble, because their condition as dhimmis is contemptible. “It is regrettable that the Yale theologians have shown themselves so ready to adopt a tone of grateful self-humiliation,” Durie reproves, since A Common Word “did not offer awareness of, or any apology for, Muslims’ crimes, past and present, against non-Muslims.”

Such a scenario is sure to be played out next week when the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church hosts a “Christian-Muslim Summit,” March 1-3, 2010. There will be four main speakers and twenty other participants at this “gathering of high-ranking Christian and Muslim leaders for a candid discussion of matters affecting Christian-Muslim relations and peacemaking efforts worldwide” But if this summit is true to form and to all such past events, it will just be another exercise in dhimmitude for most, if not all, of the Christian participants as they fall all over themselves in their efforts to be inoffensive to Islam.

On a website page seemingly designed as an ‘homage’ to Islamic/Arabic art, the participants of the summit are introduced in the typically solemn and self-important tones which the National Cathedral reserves for interfaith events. There are “The Principals,” including two Muslims, Ayatollah Dr. Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad Ahmadabadi, professor of law at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran (once known as the National University of Iran, now “Martyr University”), and Professor Dr. Ahmad Mohamed El Tayeb, president of Al-Azhar University in Cairo. This home to such interesting fatwas as death to apostates who leave Islam and approval of adult suckling was recently referred to by President Barack Obama as “a beacon of Islamic learning.”

His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, and ultra-liberal John Bryson Chane, D.D., the Episcopal Church’s bishop of Washington are the Christian “Principals” in the Summit. One can only hope that Cardinal Tauran might show the same courageous and forthright spirit as when he criticized the Archbishop of Canterbury for suggesting that some aspects of Shari’a in Britain were unavoidable and when in an interview he declared the world to be “obsessed with Islam.”

The other participants, referred to as “The Twenty,” include eight other Muslims along with Anglicans/Episcopalians, Catholics, and two Jewish observers. (So nice that they let another Abrahmic faith be semi-included!) All of the Muslim participants in the summit are considered “moderate.” But even a little research raises questions about the truth of their commitment to peace and religious freedom as we would define these concepts.

It is admirable to desire to “influence governments to promote peace and reconciliation efforts worldwide.” But this description of the summit on the National Cathedral’s website does not take seriously the differences between Christianity and Islam. It portrays them as morally equivalent.

“These initiatives must be taken,” the cathedral urges, “to engage leaders across faiths and nations in the search for what Jesus called “the Peace of God that passes all understanding” and what the Qur’an teaches: “O ye who believe! Enter into Peace whole-heartedly” (Surah 2:208).

Well, it was actually St. Paul, and not Jesus, that referenced “the peace of God that passes all understanding,” (Philippians 4: 7). Jesus offered His peace in John 14: 27, which he contrasted to the peace offered by the world. But one can forgive the National Cathedral for the error since they don’t quote Jesus all that much.

And whether or not the folks at the National Cathedral know it and made a deliberate omission, or were ignorant of the fact, when Surah 2: 208 speaks of “ye who believe,” the believers do not include non-Muslims. “Enter into Peace” it says. It’s that tricky “peace” as in “Religion of Peace” that really means “submission” to Islam. Ironically, the verse undermines and contradicts the whole premise of a Christian-Muslim summit.

The March 1-3 summit will consist of private meetings, ending with a Wednesday evening public dialogue between the participants. The dialogue, moderated by Washington Post associate editor David Ignatius, is only open to invited guests and to selected members of the media who possess White House, Capitol Hill, Department of State, or Department of Defense press credentials. The website assures that “anyone may participate in the forum by watching it online” and submitting a question for consideration.

But just as in 2006, when the cathedral hosted the former president of Iran, Sayyid Mohammed Khatami, the far side of the street across from the cathedral may be lined with Iranian Americans, and possibly this time with Coptic Americans, Pakistani Christians, and others who have been marginalized by Islamist regimes, as well. At the 2006 event, hundreds of Iranian Americans and other advocates for freedom and democracy in Iran carried flags, banners, and posters. Some posters featured photos of young Iranian dissidents who were in prison or had been killed. Others excoriated Khatami and the Episcopal Church. The Chosen Ones, the guests invited to the public dialogue at the 2006 meeting, received an earful as angry and energetic protestors shouted, “Shame, shame Episcopal Church!” and directed both Khatami and the denomination to go to a location which many Episcopalians no longer believe exists!

At this coming summit, there is all the more reason for a multi-national demonstration. In addition to last summer’s slaughter of Iranian protestors and dissidents, American Copts are mourning the recent murders of Egyptian Christians. Christians in Pakistan continue to suffer injustice and violent, murderous attacks. And most Sudanese are extremely angry with Egypt because of its attempts to force a postponement of this year’s national election in Sudan, its complicity in Khartoum’s Arab Islamist racist agenda, and its brutal treatment of Sudanese refugees trying to flee to Israel.

Dhimmitude stops at the doors of the Washington National Cathedral. The doors that are painted bright red to remind worshippers not only of Christ’s sacrifice, but of the blood of the martyrs who have gone before them. The sidewalk demonstration will be a summit for those who have experienced that other side of Christian-Muslim relations, the martyrdom side. It will be a far sight more candid than what goes on inside the cathedral.

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).

  • badaboo

    Reminds meo the scientist in the Original flick – "The Thing " , he got smacked down , for The Thing cared not about his noble intentions , nor his courageous but foolish self scarifice . IGNORANCE OF ISLAM is agreat as an enemy as islam itself .
    All those of the clergy need do, is to investigate what is happening to Christians , as well as Hindus ,Buddhists ,Sikhs , and Jews , in muslim dominated countriues or where muslims have achieved a plurality .
    If all else fails …READ THE Q'URAN ,The Sunnas , and Haddiths .

  • Milkywaykid

    There are longtime that Catholic Church is no more following Christ. Touran (cardinal) is a really very dangerous Guy and St.Egidios communauty is working hard for islam. Vatican braid Jesus Christ and Israel.

    • Mira

      This case refers more to the Episcopalians (protestants). But I do agree that the Catholic Church is no longer the Crusader Church. I wish it was but it has too been infiltrated.

  • Milkywaykid

    I said Betray J.C. and Israel and christians and all free human beeing, they are joining the islamfascism.

  • Mira

    I'm Christian and it frustrates me to see the Church engage in these sort of pseudo "dialogues". They have this notion that a dialogue is always more constructive. Haven't they learned anything yet? Don't they know that they (Muslims Brotherhood) are not there to talk but to distract them from what they are doing to Christians all over the world? They are also doing it to their own Muslim people. That speaker from that university in Cairo is a Muslim Brotherhood scholar/cleric/or whichever term suits him.
    These arabs are infiltrating all over. The good news is that they don't know how to run a society or create any sort of civilazation. They just like to fight.

    • Faith

      You are so right, Mira. It frustrates me, too.

  • USMCSnpier

    Conversion of non-Muslim houses of worship into mosques began during the life of Muhammad and continued during subsequent Islamic conquests and under the Muslim rule. As a result, numerous temples, churches, synagogues, the Parthenon, Zoroastrian and Hindu temples became mosques.

    Churches in Belgium, Britain, France, and Germany are to be turned into mosques right now as Christian congregations decline while Muslims demand more places to worship. In Britain, continuous retrograde development is hardly surprising when Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the so-called Church of England and the Anglican community worldwide lends support to the introduction of elements of Sharia Law into the U.K.

  • badaboo

    Milkywaykid –Dont go singeling out the Catholics kid , it also includes Anglicans and one of America's largest christian denominations , the Episcopals….and the Cathedral that is hosting this OXYMORON of a conference is ….The National Episcoipal Cathedral , is it not ? [atleast according to the author of the article ]

    • Faith

      You are quite right, Badaboo. It is an Episcopal Cathedral. And Cardinal Tauron might be the only saving grace, as it were, at this Summit. He, at least, has been confrontational about the privileged position everyone gives Islam. The Episcopalians are farther along the path of dhimmitude than the Catholics.

  • Connie

    The stupidity of these highly educated religious Christians is unbelievable! All they have to do is open the Koran and read a few citations like 5:33, 9:5, 8:12, 48:29,…..!! There are many more, but those are blood curdling enough!

  • Zach B.

    The ignorance here is simply overwhelming. Whew!

  • badaboo

    Wanna know why this ludicrous move should surprise no one .

    Some of the reasons would be hilarious had they not been true , such as blaming Israel for violence , because Israel DID NOT ASK PALESTINIANS TO STOP ATTACKING ISRAEL BEFORE THEY PUT UP THE WALL ……………..stupifying ……truly ……….stupifying

  • badaboo

    Linda , you've got insight that many sorely lack . In this country [USA] they will eventually come around …..after getting hit on the head enough times .For while the righ and the left wrangle , islam sharpens it's sword and chooses it's targets .Already in NY, Minneapolis , California , and other places , echoes of the solgans you recounted in Scandinavia have already been heard . Now , this cult is given legitimacy in the Nations National Cathedral . The only good thing about it all is that this cult can not restrain itself from arrogant and threatening proclaimations , which even the ignorant will recognize.

  • Beth

    In this Article….."the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church hosts a “Christian-Muslim Summit"

    "Christian-Muslim Summit" is a ridiculus title:
    Islam calls the Son of God an abomination and all of His witnesses (the apostles) liars: Koran 037.151, 037.152, 019.088, 019.089. You can not sit with those who deny the Son – AND – sit with the Son also (2Jo 1:10).

    Not only do these so-called (and self-professing) 'Christian leaders' fear being labeled with the false term 'Islamophobe' – they fear the song of Moses (even more so).

    Cowards are very first group mentioned on the list of those who will die the second death (Rev 21:8). The first death riegned already – from Adam to Moses (Rom 5:14). (There are no more 'second chances' in Christianity) And it must be pointed out (for those who have aloud themselves to be decieved)…. Even though it states in the New Testament – "All who are in their graves will hear His Voice" when He comes to call – it is also stated by that same Word – the wicked are cast out of their graves – Isa 14:19.


  • Beth

    The song of Moses, of which it is written – the saints 'sing' (Rev 15:3) has an end-time prophecy in it condemning Palestine (Exd 15:14).

    Moses also has Isaiah and Joel for confirmation:

    Joe 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

    Isa 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone – in his appointed times. (Is God a liar?) Are your self-professing 'Christian' leaders 'singing' the song of Moses? If not – they're not Christians – no matter how much they claim to be. (You don't need them to teach you – Jer 31:34, 1Jo 2:27; you will be held responsible for your own choices)


  • Beth

    Command for ALL True Christians: – 1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, – according to the prophecies which went before on thee – that thou by them – mightest war a good warfare (the sound of war by words} Exd 32:18, Exd 32:17)…a very serious Command.

    To all of the 'Christians' who are following these so-called self-professing 'representatives' of Christianity? ….it was also written… If your leader is headed for the pit – then so are you (Mat 15:14). There are no 'second chances' – because the Judgment was already given (1Jo 5:12).

  • eyes wide open

    It's really amazing that christians would have ANYTHING to say to muslims , aside from expressing OUTRAGE over the way christians in musllim dominated countries are being treated. __In Pakistan , Iraq , Iran , Nigeria ,Somalia , Thailand , Saudi Arabia , Yemen ,Indonesia , Bosnia , Turkey , Egypt , Somalia , and Phillippines ,churches are being burned or damaged building and improvement permits for christian churches are being denied or subject to Sharia-type approval [in most cases this means denial ] .Christians in these countries are systematically being harrassed , persecuted , raped , forced to convert , and MURDERED . [no9t to mention Hindus ,Bahais, Buddhists , Sikhs ,AND Jews ] __There have been laws preventing christians and jews from holding public office – Sikhs and christians in pakistan being forced to pay jizya [tax] and now in the Maldives , any non muslim being denied permanenr citizen status . __So WHAT could possibly be the agenda of this so called Islamic /Christian conference which on its face in view of the actuall islamic dogma that is giving license to these anti-christian actions committed GLOBALLY .__ So what could possibly be the agenda or purpose of this alleged conference and SHAM ??

  • Mira

    I just got this in the mail. If you are in the area please join us.

    In the Washington National Cathedral,
    a Christian-Muslim Summit declares itself:

    A candid discussion of matters affecting Christian-Muslim relations and peacemaking efforts worldwide.

    All organizations and individuals who support human rights and true religious freedom,

    Please join The Institute on Religion and Democracy in challenging the National Cathedral’s

    Christian-Muslim Summit participants CANDIDLY to:

    · Denounce global jihad against “infidels”

    · Speak up for persecuted Copts and other Christians

    · Denounce the massacre of peaceful activists for democracy in Iran

    · Speak up for the human rights of all non-Muslims being oppressed in under Islam

    · Denounce “dialogues” that ignore and deny reality

    · Speak up for Israel’s right to exist, women’s rights as equals, and the God-given human rights of all people

  • Mira

    Here are the details:

    When: Wednesday, March 3, 5:00-7:00 PM
    Northwest intersection, Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves
    Across from the National Cathedral