From the Editors: On Anti-Muslim Sentiment in America

We, as Christian theologians in the public sphere, stand together in solidarity with Muslims in the United States in support of all Muslim citizens and residents of the United States.   We do so not despite our deep Christian faith, but precisely because of it.

 

Recent statements in the wake of the horrific actions of violence in Paris and San Bernardino have once again raised the threshold of acceptable actions in this country.  We reject and abhor any and all statements or actions that respond to these acts of violence with indiscriminate fear, suspicion, and hatred against our Muslim sisters and brothers.

We unequivocally oppose all acts of violence against Muslim places of worship.  We oppose all acts of violence–verbal, physical, or otherwise– against Muslims. We oppose all acts of violence against people perceived to be Muslim.  We oppose all attempts to establish any sort of religious test for citizenship or immigration status.  We oppose all attempts to deny the fact that Muslims have been present in the Americas since the 16th century, living as enslaved people, soldiers, politicians, leaders, sports heroes, rockstars, and faithful citizens.

As December is a time of holy preparation for Christ Who Redeems not through violence or fear, but through love, sacrifice, and hope, we call upon all Christians to be mindful of your neighbor in a special way this season.  Affirm your Muslim neighbors, who live in fear of the hateful stranger in a way we can never know.  Affirm and support those who have accepted Syrian refugees, even against the wishes of state authorities.  Affirm and support those who offer mercy, love, and support for those who flee persecution around the world.

We will not allow fear to define our Christianity, to define our vision of Christ.  And, in the spirit of Pope Francis, we will not allow violence to be the only answer to a world crying out for mercy.

We invite others to re-post this statement on their own blogs, to stand together in solidarity, both in person and in word around the internet.

9 responses to “From the Editors: On Anti-Muslim Sentiment in America

  1. Amen! As Christians, no matter our particular denomination, we must defend our Muslim brothers and sisters! I commend you for your post and I have written a great deal about this on my blog as well. Let us hope people will listen!

  2. This blog is true and correct. We can not condemn the whole Muslim faith because of a few fanatics, unbalance, hateful terrorist who sole purpose is to bring out fear in the general public in their attempt to express their anger and hate instead of acting like civilized humans who believe in dialog to solve their indifference and believe in the practice of love and forgiveness, not revenge and destruction.

      • First, I don’t agree with those who have marched in front of the Mosques in Irving Texas with their AR-15s by their sides. But before we go out of our way to embrace any Muslim, ask him or her this question: Do you support Israel’s right to exist and the Jewish people’s claims to their homeland? Then carefully consider the answer through the filter of scripture. There are many Roman Catholics and protestants alike who have expressed very anti-semantic views down through the centuries. We cannot find ourselves on the opposite side of the chosen people of God even though we may think we have the best of intentions. Remember, God said He will bless those who bless His people and curse those who curse them. Islam has historically been the sworn enemies of God’s people the Jews. Mohammad himself slaughtered hundreds of Jews who refused to follow him. Muslims are descended from the line of Ismael who God said would be “like a wild donkey. He will be against everyone. And everyone will be against him. He will attack all his brothers.” So Islam is not a religion of peace. It was founded on the very premise of killing all who oppose it. Be very careful when it comes to allying yourself with anyone who opposes the people of God. Any religion that does not confess Jesus Christ, the one called the Prince of Peace, cannot be a religion of peace because it is opposed to God. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. are NOT alternate ways to Heaven. In fact, at the end, Islam stands condemned as does any system of belief or religion that does not acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ. And yes, that includes the traditional Judaism that rejects Jesus as the Messiah. It includes any Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Jew, or Muslim who does not accept Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. That includes sharing the message with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, non-Messianic Jews, and anyone else who needs to hear the gospel message. That is our calling. And I would agree with every sentiment that’s been posted in this blog and in the replies so long as it’s understood that our purpose is to point Muslims to Jesus Christ and not embracing their faith as some alternate means of going to Heaven. But as long as they remain opposed to God’s people, I stand with Israel.

      • I see. You stand with Israel on purely theological grounds and interpret current world stage geopolitical conditions within that construct. From that reference point, although there is ample room for theological disagreement, I understand your statement now. Thanks.

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