I went to Hartford Seminary. I received my M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations from them in 2010. Hartford Seminary used to be a seminary for training Congregational (United Church of Christ) ministers. In 1893, the Scotch Calvinist professor of Oriental Studies and missionary, Duncan Black Macdonald, came to Hartford and convinced the seminary to set up a school devoted to missionary work to Muslims in the Middle East. His vision quickly grew into what at the time was the largest Protestant school for missions to the Muslim world in the USA. Their graduates became leading experts in Islamic studies such as the Rev. Samuel Marinus Zwemer, and their works are still available to read today. Many students went to the Middle East and preached to Muslims. Some of the students were even martyred and the plaques commemorating their martyrdoms dot the walls of the Hartford Seminary library (although they are now tarnished and handing on the walls in the basement).
During my time at Hartford Seminary, I witnessed yet another transition, and that was Hartford Seminary slowly moving from “interfaith” to “Islamic.”
I enjoyed those years because I learned a lot, and I had some very interesting teachers. I experienced my first death threats from Muslim students from the Sunni Al-Fatah Islamic Institute of Syria while there. I had the experience of classes with several leading Muslim figures in contemporary Islam and experienced the unique distinction of, many times, being the only Christian in a class of all Muslims and (unspoken) intended for only Muslims. I could go on and on about my experiences.
One of those experiences, and one which I have never written about before, was about the “interfaith prayer room” at the Seminary:
First, notice how sterile the room is, and how a tiny and flimsy excuse for a cross is stuffed into a corner of the room, as thought it were a mere “thing” off to the side and in a corner.
Second, notice how the cross does not appear in the first photo but it does in the second. This is because that cross is moveable- it can be removed from its location and, as I remember from my experiences, dumped onto the floor in a corner or under a pile of Muslim prayer rugs. Tell me, if you believe that the cross is the symbol of salvation, would you put it under a doormat that not just other people but Muslims who hate the cross use to worship the false god Allah on?
Third, as I mentioned above, and you cannot see it from the angle here but if you were to turn around in the first photo 180 degrees you would find yourself veritably leaning (as I imagine the photographer was) against a pile– no exaggeration- of Moslem prayer rugs. That is because the “chapels” primary uses is as a mosque. Yes, they call it “interfaith”, but really the only ones who actually use it for worship of any kind and five times a day are the Muslims.
I watch the news of my alma mater, and each year it takes a step closer to full Islamization. The Muslim World Journal, started by Rev. Zwemer to convert Muslims to Christ, is now little more than a rag for Muslim sophistry run by the virulently anti-Christian convert to Islam Jean Michot (see bel0w). The Duncan Black MacDonald Center for Islamic Studies is basically controlled by the Islamic Chaplaincy Program. More Muslim scholars and students are brought in each year, and the understanding is that Hartford Seminary will become by its own conscious choice a Muslim majority school in only a matter of time. One can only wonder what they will do to the personal papers of Duncan Black MacDonald or his fellow students, which I had the pleasure of being able to study during my time at the Seminary.
The Islamization of Hartford Seminary must not be viewed as an isolated case, but as a future omen of Islamic Studies in American and really, global education, at least as far as the West is concerned. Hartford Seminary is a small school, but because of its historical presence in Islamic Studies its roots run deep in the academic system and are connected to many other schools including but not limited to Cambridge (UK), Emory, Exeter (UK), Georgetown, Harvard, and Yale Divinity School. Well-established and up-and-coming minds in Islamic Studies associate themselves with Islamic Studies, and many major Islamic groups and figures also have strong connections such as ICNA, ISNA, the IIIT, and the MSA.
Hartford Seminary is a leader in its field. However, once upon a time its goal was to lead men on the path of salvation through Christ. Now the Seminary is committed to lead men away from Christ and on the literal road to hell through promoting and ultimately, converting to Islam.
There’s much more, continue reading at Shoebat.com.
Previous Creeping Sharia posts on Hartford Seminary’s Islamization below:
- Hartford Seminary’s Shameful Ties to Syria’s Dictator
- Hartford Seminary establishes another joint program with Muslim Brotherhood-linked group
- Hartford Seminary Accepts $1M from Muslim Brotherhood founded group
- Hartford Seminary partners with Muslim Brotherhood front group to teach imams