Islam’s goal in the West, as articulated in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Explanatory Memorandum, is to destroy the legal and political institutions of our society and replace them with the rule of shariah (Islamic Law). To accomplish this goal, U.S. Muslim political leaders have partnered with the Left, giving them otherwise unavailable access to the many institutions controlled by the Left.
As described further on, and as most of us know through our own experience, this control extends to many U.S. mainline churches and synagogues, which the Left has turned into little more than propaganda shops for the latest leftwing fad. In so doing, they have opened the door to Islam to first present itself to Christians and Jews in a non-threatening manner and then to begin the process of “dawah,” that is, the proselytizing or preaching of Islam. Today, even some evangelical churches have fallen for the trap. It is called “Interfaith Dialogue.”
According to Gallup Polls, about 75 percent of Americans consider themselves Christians. In Michigan, a Pew Research poll on religion found that 70 percent of adults identify as Christians. Of these, 25 percent are evangelicals, 18 percent are what Pew terms “mainline” Protestants, with another 8 percent categorized as “Historically Black Protestant.” Eighteen percent are Catholic, and about 1 percent are Orthodox, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witnesses or others. Non-Christian believers make up only 5 percent of Michigan’s population.
Only one percent identify as Muslims according to the poll. As discussed in the Red-Green Axis chapter (published as an Occasional Paper at the CSP website on October 19 2018), Michigan Arabs believe the number is much larger, closer to 3 percent. Also discussed in that chapter, there is a “tipping point,” when the Muslim population grows to about 5 percent. They begin blocking streets to pray, demand halal food in supermarkets and self-rule within predominantly Muslim communities. This is already happening in Michigan. Whatever their actual numbers, Muslims are having a profound impact on Michigan’s faith communities. Interfaith Dialogue can take credit for much of this.
Interfaith Dialogue is a term that has been developed to describe efforts to bridge theological distinctions between religions, especially Christianity and Islam. The U.S. Institute of Peace describes it as follows:
The term interfaith dialogue refers to cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at both the individual and institutional levels. It is distinct from syncretism or alternative religion, in that dialogue often involves promoting understanding between different religions to increase acceptance of others, rather than to synthesize new beliefs. Throughout the world there are local, regional, national and international interfaith initiatives; many are formally or informally linked and constitute larger networks or federations. The often quoted “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. There will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions” was formulated by Dr. Hans Küng, a Professor of Ecumenical Theology and President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic.
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