The Inevitable Escalation of Religious Conflict
Earlier today I mentioned the reaction among the (Christian) Religious Right to a planned Islamic Day of Prayer, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Washington DC. Bottom line: some people weren’t happy about it. Now Operation Save America, one of those organizations that would be probably feel right at home in the 14th century, has decided to up the ante:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /Christian Newswire/ — The “Our Time Has Come” Islamic Juma prayer vigil to be held at our nation’s capital. Thousands of Muslims from across the nation will be gathering at the Capitol Building for prayer from 4:00 AM Friday morning to 7:00 PM Friday night. They will make this statement of faith that will echo off the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial: “There is no God but Allah, and his prophet is Mohammad.” This last statement demands a rebuke from the people of God. We are headed to D.C. to do just that with our faces low to the ground and our hearts filled with the Gospel of Christ that made this nation free and made this nation great.
Abortion is Murder
Homosexuality is Sin
Islam is a Lie
“What do these three have in common? They are, all three, physical manifestations of the battle between two seeds — the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. Genesis 3:15. Islam is a visible manifestation of this battle and has been at war with Christianity for fourteen centuries. There is no dialogue, no common ground, no reaching across the aisle in this battle. We are not called to build bridges to Islam. We are called to storm the gates of hell — to defeat the false god of Islam with the unsheathed Word of God and to set people free from the monstrous tyranny and bondage of this religion birthed in the deepest pits of hell.” — Rev. Flip Benham, Director, Operation Save America (Source)
Let’s see: on one side we have a group of religious fanatics who believe that the USA, along with the rest of the world, should be dominated by their religion and their religion only, and on the other side we have more religious fanatics who believe that the USA, along with the rest of the world, should be dominated by their religion and their religion only.
Suddenly being on the other side of the Atlantic ocean to Washington DC still feels too close for comfort.
(Oh, and I’ve just noticed that, according to Operation Save America’s one-post blog, a Jewish group is flying in from Israel to be at the event as well. Fantastic.)