by Jane Bate and Bryan Hermansdorfer, ©2020
(Dec. 15, 2020) — [Please click here for previous articles in this series.]
You may be familiar with “Interfaith Dialogues.” Known by diverse names (such as “Honest Conversations,” which are neither honest nor conversations), these events bring together people of different religions in an effort to convince attendees that we “theatergoers” (and our religions) are not so different at all. After all, aren’t Christianity, Judaism, and Islam the three Abrahamic religions, and therefore similar? Not so fast! Have you ever seen a program at any of these performances explaining fair rules of the game? In fact, this witness watched as a writer of a question which was read aloud by a Muslim was ushered out of a church in Middletown, CT for correctly disputing the answer given to her question!
Additionally, although Christians and Jews feel religiously obligated to be truthful about their religion, the rules of Islam state that Muslims are obligated to lie to non-Muslims regarding any truth about Islam that would discourage conversion to Islam – and there are plenty of “those”: hanging, beheading, stoning to death, killing gays, cutting off hands or feet of a thief, killing an apostate (one who leaves Islam) and more.
The last example should strike absolute terror in one’s heart when we realize that authors of school textbooks (used in other than Islamic schools) never seem to consider the utter evil they commit by luring students with their siren song of a pretty Islam – one that promises a false equality between genders, a culture of peace, and never mentioning the likelihood of a grisly death, once those converts realize the truth and try to return to that better world they once inhabited.
Please make time to speak with school board members and those holding positions of power in your religious institutions about this problem. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for materials.