Turning a Blind Eye

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Meanwhile, in the United States, supporting radical Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and the building of the Islamic center is the priority of the leaders of the Religious Left, such as the National Council of Churches (NCC). Although the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is a member denomination of the NCC, the NCC has shown no similar support for Father John Romas, the pastor of St. Nicholas Church or the people of St. Nicholas Church. Nor has the NCC uttered a statement of solidarity with persecuted Christians in Indonesia.

In his recent statement of support for the “Cordoba House and Mosque at Ground Zero,” NCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon says that Cordoba House “is a gesture of neighborliness and healing.” This is not quite how those who are opposed to Cordoba House see it. They say the mosque is a gesture of a different sort altogether. And many of the 70 percent of Americans who are opposed to the plans are stunned by the NCC’s eagerness to accommodate the agenda of Islamism while ignoring the needs of fellow Christians.

True to form, Kinnamon accuses opponents of Imam Rauf’s grand plan of “narrow-minded intolerance.” This is the “same ignorance that has led to hate crimes and systematic discrimination against Muslims,” he says. But neither Kinnamon, nor any liberal church leaders, have condemned Islamists’ narrow-minded intolerance or the hate crimes and systematic discrimination perpetrated against Christians such as those in Bekasi, Indonesia. Occasionally the NCC issues statements urging prayer for “ethnic conflict” (one of the few times when they are satisfied with “praying” about something rather than becoming involved politically!). But they would never articulate the problem: an Islamic jihad is seeking to wipe out Christians. Neither have they clamored for justice for Christians closer to home, the parishioners of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, still waiting for permission to rebuild their church.

Kinnamon and his tolerant, liberal Religious Left friends appear to not understand the agenda of Imam Rauf and Cordoba House or the agenda of Islam. His ignorance of Islam is breathtakingly obvious when he protests that a “tiny minority” of Muslims have committed “violent acts” that “defy the teachings of Mohammed.” And as for violent acts defying the teachings of Mohammed – has Kinnamon never read the Koran? Or if he has, doesn’t he know that the earlier, vaguely tolerant passages are abrogated by the later, intolerant passages? And what about Mohammed’s own violent acts? Has Kinnamon never heard how Mohammed wiped out the Qurayza Jews of Medina in 627 A.D.?

Kinnamon rightly regrets slavery in America, which he says was “justified with Bible proof-texts and a belief that blacks were inferior to whites.” But in reality, slavery is much more closely associated with Islam. “Mohammed’s teachings” include the idea that slaves are given to Muslim warriors as “booty,” by Allah. Allah’s endorsement of the rape of slave girls and (more often than not) boys, justifies such “violent acts” perpetrated by Islamists against Christian and other infidel “slaves” taking place today.

One 9/11-haunted man who still sees “the face of the young man” who worked in his department that was killed found Kinnamon’s press release offensive. Like many non-Greek Orthodox people who worked in New York, this gentleman occasionally attended St. Nicholas. “It was pleasant and welcoming. Now it’s gone,” he said. He challenged the NCC to “lead an effort to build a 100 million dollar Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero” even while admitting that he knew that it was highly unlikely. The NCC critic also asked why the council could not “use its clout to speak out for Christians in Muslim countries who are often discriminated against” and suggested that the NCC “talk about what is good about America instead of always harping on its problems or why the people who built the country were racists, bible thumping bigots, etc.”

The Religious Left often excuses the oppression of Christians living under Islam. Islamists in Bekasi, Indonesia, who find the very existence of the Christians of the HKBP Filadelfia Church offensive, violate Indonesian Christians’ human rights. Yet cultural sensitivity to the Islamic world is of paramount importance to Christian leaders of the Religious Left. So they are circumspect concerning Indonesian co-religionists.

But the Religious Left also puts first cultural sensitivity to Islam in the United States. It matters little that the thought of a mosque symbolizing Islamic victory is offensive to most Americans. Or that the church home of over seventy families of Greek Orthodox Christians and countless visitors, the only church to be destroyed on 9/11, still has not been rebuilt.  The sensitivities of Muslims in America, and the need to accommodate the Ground Zero Mosque, are of paramount importance to Christian leaders of the Religious Left.

When do the sensitivities, the feelings, of non-Muslims get to be taken into account? Maybe that is not a critical matter. But regardless of feelings, the situation of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York is disturbingly similar to that of the Indonesian Christian Church. At present, St. Nicholas’ plight is just a matter of red tape and indifference, not government-sanctioned discrimination. But rather than demonstrate solidarity with and the importance of this historic Christian church by pressing for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow its swift rebuilding, liberal church leaders are more concerned with demonstrating their accommodation to Islam. How far will their accommodation go?

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).

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  • John Pottorff

    Why doesn't the National Council of Churches, or any religious ecumenical organization ever speak out for what is happening in Indonesia, or for that matter, any place where Islam raises it's Koranic sanctioned violence? This is simple guys. It is because they are not Christian. These are the wolves in sheep's clothing that the Bible speaks of. Wake up!!! Any ecumenical group is automatically a liberal organization that hides from any stand for the truth of the Bible and the exclusitivity of Jesus Christ. Their main concern is to never talk doctrine; my gosh that would cause disagreement. Well, yes it would. But that's the case if you stand by the truth of the Bible. These ecumenical liars will fellowship with anyone. You deny the resurrection of Christ; that's OK we can work together. You deny the deity of Christ; that's OK too. You deny that Christ is the only way of salvation from sin; that's OK. You deny that the Bible is inspired by God; that's OK,…..because we're ecumenical, we just want everyone to love each other. (see 2nd comment)

  • John Pottorff

    These are the ones that Christ has warned his people of; they are not Christians but only white sepulchres, they are clouds with no water,… and God has a place reserved for them, and it's not heaven. Dr. Kinnamon pictured above is just one of many of those liberal panty-waist effeminate religious "leaders" that will help Islam gain ground. Kinnamon, his organization and all of that ilk are also the problem. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob help us.

  • Beverley

    They are not Christians … THEY ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. "You will know them by their fruits". http://www.apprising.org another amazing web is http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com

  • George

    The leftists posing as Christians were unmasked years ago in a volume written by J. Gresham Machen, entitled "Christianity and Liberalism." The author proves that what calls itself 'liberal' Christianity is not that at all. It is an entirely different religion running contrary to the Biblical variety. Machen was spot on then, and his analysis is spot on now.

  • AlexKovnat

    During the Reagan adminstration, when we were – officially or unoffically – trying to offer the people of Nicaragua an alternative to Sandinista rule, I heard reports about how, if you attended various Christian churches, part of the money you put on the collection plate when it was passed around ended up supporting Communist-sympathizing "Christian" groups in Latin America.

    So things haven't changed, really.

  • BS1977

    "Religious left"–now there's one of your top oxymorons. Little ACLU Marxist activists hiding behind their clerical collars. Clueless idiots on the conveyor belt to oblivion.

  • http://www.crusaderknight.blogspot.com James Pawlak

    We should also note the oppression by New York's mayor who has blocked the rebuilding of an Orthodox church which was actually destroyed on "9/11".

  • http://www.apollospaeks.blogtownhall.com ApolloSpeaks


    The cat's out of the bag: Imam Rauf has an ax to grind with the United States for its crimes of killing scores of Moslems before and after 9/11. Rauf sees himself Koranically as God's avenging hand not killing Americans to even the score, this man is no murdrerer, but having a sharia mosque at Ground Zero to pour acid on our sores. I dare anyone to give me a better explanation for building the mosque there.


  • bdouglasaf1980

    I guess it's just a matter of time before they can't purchase goods without a mark on their head or hand. Next will come the beheadings. All predicted of course.

  • blotto

    Funny how the religious left (oxymoron) never visits the Islamic nations they so ardently defend and try to mend any fences. I'd like to see Kinnamon go to Iran, Pakistan or SA and use his majesterial power of divinity to heal the animus Muslims have toward us.


    Cowards like him and the NCC always, always hide behind America while stabbing her in the back.

    Hey Kinnamon, I got your tolerance right here!!!

  • Wesley69

    The Left doesn't seem to be worried about the fact that Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, destroyed by Tower 2, hasn't been rebuilt, yet the Cordoba Mosque, they are climbing over one another to support its location near Ground Zero. This is only par for the course. Persecution of Christians have been going on in Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and as this article discusses, Indonesia. In Saudi Arabia, any Christian worship will result in punishment. Conversion of a Muslim will result in death. This is the religion of tolerance, of peace. The Left seems to be in denial about Islamofascism and the War on Terror. I wonder how our Lefties in Hollywood would like Sharia?

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