“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Saturday, April 07, 2007

04/07 Fundamentals of islam

For those who believe in the separation of church and state, and think that Islam is inclusive—at it’s fundamental level—read this:

A controversial Texas imam who at one point participated in a "tribute to the great Islamic visionary" Ayatollah Khomeini, has offered a prayer to open the state Senate that excluded both Christians and Jews

"Oh, Allah, guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favored, not of those who have earned your wrath or of those who have lost the way," prayed Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque.

Islam, of course, teaches that Jews and Christians both have earned the wrath of Allah by failing to follow Islam, and also have lost the way by following the teachings of the Torah for the Jews or the Bible for Christians.
Doesn’t is eem kind of strange that everyone is terrified of Christian fundamentalists, but no one wants to recognize the threat of the Islamic ones right in out own backyard. From the airport group in Minneapolis to this Imam in Texas, the effect of Islamic fundamentalism is growing.
It’s important to remember that fundamentalism is operating at the basic, or root, level of something. To be a good ball player, you must learn and practice the fundamentals, that is the basics, of the game. If this is the basics of Islam, why is mainstream society so unconcerned?

Maybe reports like this one about what goes on in mosques should get a little more press...But, then, that would mean Iran's goodwill trumpeted by the media would be just so much propoganda. Wouldn't it?