Illinois: Citizens protest school homework claiming Christians, Muslims and Jews all believe in same God

Source: Christians protest religion-themed assignment in Elgin-area school – Elgin Courier-News

Dozens of people spoke out Monday against a homework assignment made at an Elgin-area U46 school in which it was asserted Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths all believe in the same God.

One month after the assignment was criticized by U46 school board member Jeanette Ward, people who identified themselves as part of the Christian community attended the school board meeting Monday to add their opposition.

Several people attacked the assignment, quoting Bible and Quran verses to support their argument that Christians do not follow the same God as Muslims. Some of those who spoke live outside the U46 boundaries, including one person who came from Florida.

“To say that Allah of the Quran and the God of the Bible are the same is simply absurd,” said Art Ellingsen, a church pastor from Arlington Heights.

Some also took offense at comments made last month by the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders, who spoke out against Ward’s statements on Islam and argued that it was important that all religions be accepted and respected.

L. Dean Hufsey, of Elgin, said Coalition group should have commended Ward, not criticized her.

“By bringing this matter to light, Ms. Ward has done great service for all the sixth-graders and their parents in School District U46,” Hufsey said.

Another speaker said U46 educators and board members were “playing with children’s eternal lives” by incorporating religion into instruction.

“It’s not just something flying in the wind, it’s not just a political issue, it is a faith issue, and faith issues are very important to a lot of people in this community,” said Mark Frusti, a church pastor from Streamwood.

Bill Ward, Jeanette Ward’s husband, said he saw the article his sixth-grade daughter was told to read as part of the assignment and found it advocated atheism.

“Our country was founded primarily on Christian ideals,” he said. “However, it established a secular government. The school district should be founded on these same principles.”

Earlier in the evening, Ward requested that the two dozen speakers who wanted to speak on the issue be allowed to do so during the public comment portion early in the meeting. Her request was denied because the comments weren’t related to anything on the agenda.

Board member Veronica Noland said she didn’t think those at the meeting should have to sit through comments likely “drummed up by political issues” that didn’t pertain to agenda topics under discussion.

Speakers were allowed to talk at the end of the meeting.

“Our country was founded primarily on Christian ideals,” he said. “However, it established a secular government. The school district should be founded on these same principles.”

Earlier in the evening, Ward requested that the two dozen speakers who wanted to speak on the issue be allowed to do so during the public comment portion early in the meeting. Her request was denied because the comments weren’t related to anything on the agenda.

Board member Veronica Noland said she didn’t think those at the meeting should have to sit through comments likely “drummed up by political issues” that didn’t pertain to agenda topics under discussion.

Speakers were allowed to talk at the end of the meeting.


Related:  Cardinal Raymond Burke: Muslims and Christians Don’t Worship ‘the Same God’

“I hear people saying to me, well, we’re all worshipping the same God. We all believe in love. But I say stop a minute, and let’s examine carefully what Islam is, and what our Christian faith teaches us.”

“I don’t believe it’s true that we’re all worshipping the same God, because the God of Islam is a governor,” Burke said. “Sharia is their law, and that law, which comes from Allah, must dominate every man eventually.”


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25 thoughts on “Illinois: Citizens protest school homework claiming Christians, Muslims and Jews all believe in same God

  1. Never Forget 9/11/2001. The twin towers fell and thousands of us citizens lost their lives because of the ISLAMIC Regime based on the prophet Mohammed’s unholy Koran. Look up Koran 9:111, and 9:29 Fight those who do not believe in allah…
    Islam is hell bent on world domination and will use ANY method allowed by a peaceful host country to eventually subjugate, tax and humiliate. Their is ONLY One God and the koran proves they worship an Anti-God. No islam is schools, No islam in any state or local or federal government, No islam in law enforcement, no islam in the military.

    • Dear Axis porcinus (February 4, 2018 at 11:35 AM):

      Of course Jews and Christians don’t believe in the same god. Jews believe in a god of Justice and Mercy, slow to anger and quick to forgive. Judaism teaches that all of the righteous (in contrast to the SELF-righteous) have “an equal part in the life to come”, and we are judged not on our beliefs, but on how we treat each other.

      In contrast, Christians believe in a cruel, sadistic, monster of a god (who more resembles the Christian Devil). That god gleefully condemns all of humanity to eternal torture because of the “sin” of a remote (and possibly mythological) ancestor. Worse, in order to “forgive” us, that god demanded a HUMAN SACRIFICE! But even that isn’t enough, because if you don’t believe in that god in the “correct” way you go to Hell after all. Cue the many conflicts between the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant versions of Christianity. No wonder the history of the Christian faith is written in blood!

      P.S. – In case that was too “subtle” for you, I’m just demonstrating how easily your rhetoric and tactics can be turned against you. Heed the words of the Prophet Micah: “O man you know what is good, and what the Lord doth require of thee: only do justly, love mercy, and walk HUMBLY with thy god”.

    • Islam is a virulent cancer and has no place in America, period! There should not even be one mosque operating within our borders, and those misguided people who advocate tolerance for Islam need to be brought to the attention of a patriotic group that would set them straight – or a government agency that would keep them under surveillance; in my opinion, these people are guilty of Sedition! I am extremely troubled by the fact that CAIR and other Islamic associations continue to operate with impunity, protected by certain government officials! It has recently been discovered that the horrendous shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada was actually carried out by ISIS members who, immediately before the attack, shot and killed the man (fall guy) who was holding a private gun show – which is why there were so many weapons in his room! It was they who committed the atrocity! Also, ISIS actually warned us that they were planning on going ahead with their attack and where! Why weren’t these warnings heeded? As long as Muslims reside in this country, and as long as our government officials are paralyzed by political correctness, we should expect more similar tragedies to take place! To date, our so-called media refuses to report on the many crimes committed by Muslims around the country! Thankyou, Pamela Gellar, for putting aside fear to keep us aware of the terrible impact Islam is having throughout America and around the world!

  2. Idiots. None believes in the same god else there wouldn’t be 3 separate religions. Christ is God for Christians, Christ isn’t god and Christians are pagan idolaters for Jews and Muslims, uhm wait, Jews and Muslims do believe in the same god, there, no wonder they are our enemies, one by subterfuge, the other via invasion, war and terrorism.

    • Dear fasdaf (February 4, 2018 at 12:48 PM):

      And which faith do you belong to? Devout “self-righteousness”, hatred, and bigotry? You sound more like a follower of the Goddes Eris (sower of Discord) than of Jesus (who was a Jew, by the way).

      What I wrote in reply to Axis porcinus applies with even greater force to you!

    • Fasdaf, where do you get your information? You said that Jesus Christ is not God – throughout the New Testament in the Holy Bible, Jesus Christ Himself said “I and The Father are one”! Since when do Jews and Muslims worship the same God? Jews worship Jehovah (also the Christian God) while Muslims worship Allah….VERY different entities, to say the least! You would do well to open up copies of both the Holy Bible and the Koran to educate yourself and, hopefully, to find out why Christians and Muslims believe the way they do! By the way, the Jews are not our enemies in any way, shape or form, and never have been! Our country’s culture and Constitution are based upon Judeo-Christian values! You are, however, correct in saying that those who follow the Koran, the Islamists, are our enemies – as well as enemies of every Western (civilized) country around the world! Even our so-called media can’t hide from us the horrible results of the Islamic invasion in the UK, and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, so you must have heard about that! Again, I do hope that you will make an effort to educate yourself about why people believe the way they do – not doing so may very well cost you your eternal existence; please don’t take this lightly!

      • Dear Bonnie Wrenching (February 5, 2018 at 6:35 AM):

        I see, madam, that reading isn’t one of your abilities (along with thinking). While I’ll Fasdaf’s Comment was poorly written, careful examination makes clear what he was saying. Jesus Christ is NOT God – at least so far as Jews and Muslims are concerned.

        And in the sense that all three religions are based (in part) on the same book (Jewish Scripture) the claim can be made that the DO “worship the same god” – though they have radically different views about said deity.

        (By the way, Jews DON’T worship “Jehovah”, that is a name MADE UP by Christians, based on the four letters of the ineffable name of God, WHICH NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO PRONOUNCE! In our prayers, Jews say “Adonai” and “Elohenu” whenever those letters appear. It translates as “Lord” and “God”, but it is NOT the name of our God! In fact, according to Jewish Legend anyone who learned to say God’s true name, and did, would be transformed into a demon as punishment! That’s what supposedly happened to Lilith – Adam’s first wife.)

        Meanwhile, “Allah” is simply Arabic for “God”.

        As for the “Judeo-Christian Values” our Constitution was supposedly based on, as I asked elsewhere here which values would they be? The ones which allow people to practice ANY religion they please – including one (the First Amendment) which allows them to bow down to idols in worship? (Christians call them icons and such.) I seem to recall the Ten Commandments forbidding that!

        Oh, and don’t you know that the phrase “Judeo-Christian” was a POLITICAL invention, created to contrast the Allies from the Nazis and Fascists after Germany and Italy called themselves “Christian Nations”? (See page 194 of “Religious Literacy” by Stephen Prothero. In fact, read the whole book. You sorely need an education on Religion, a topic you are as ignorant on as you are about our Constitution.)

        I repeat, madam, the “virulent cancer” in America is creatures like you! You prattle about your “patriotism”, while BETRAYING every principle this country (and our Constitution) stand for.

        What part of the First Amendment is too hard for you to understand? Apparently, the part where there shall be NO LAW prohibiting the Free Exercise of Religion. Last time I checked, that didn’t just mean your religion or mine, but EVERY religion (including Islam).

        What part of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause is too hard for you to understand, the part where it says that protection can’t be denied to ANY person (including persons who are Muslims)?

        (And I’d love to see some PROOF for your absurd claim about the Las Vegas Massacre, not just mindless repetition of SLANDER!)

        I’m guessing you’re one of those “Christians” who believe they can commit every sin in the book so long as they “go to church on Sunday, and say their prayers”. One second after you die you’ll learn (too late) how wrong you are about that too!

    • Because God hates liars. He even said He’s a “jealous God” who will judge those to the second death who believe in any other God but Him. I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there isn’t.

      • Dear Marlene (February 4, 2018 at 9:06 PM):

        That may be true according to your faith, it isn’t according to Judaism.

        First of all, the Ten Commandments (indeed, the whole of Jewish Scripture) only applies to Jews. Christians (and others) are free to worship whatever gods they choose. What counts is how ETHICALLY we treat each other.

        Second, Judaism has only a very vague idea of what is called “the life to come”, and it doesn’t include the concept of HELL (which actually came from Paganism, just as the name comes from the Norse Goddess of Death: Hel, or Hella).

        Finally, your last sentence is simply what’s known as “Descarte’s Wager” (from the philosopher Rene’ Descartes who first proposed it). It essentially says that being Christian is a win-win “bet”, while not being one is a “no win” situation. The reason? If one believes in the Christian god, and are wrong, you really lose nothing, but if right you gain Paradise. But if you disbelieve and are wrong, you go to Hell.

        The problem, of course, arises once one realizes the same argument can be applied to almost all other faiths (at least those which demand belief as the “admission ticket” to Heaven. Disbelieve in Ra, Odin, or Zeus (for example) and the consequences are dire. So the only way to win the Wager is to “hedge” one’s bet, and become a Polytheist!

        P.S. – The problem doesn’t exist with Judaism, since we are judged on our ACTIONS, not on our beliefs.

          • Dear marlene (February 5, 2018 at 7:49 AM):

            Calling oneself a “Jewish Christian” makes about as much sense as saying one is a “Democratic Republican” or a “Liberal Conservative”. While there are similarities between the faiths, there are also vast differences – and not just about the status of Jesus.

            As I’ve said elsewhere on this page, Judaism rejects the idea of “Original Sin”, or the need for an atoning (and vicarious) Sacrifice (by Jesus, or anyone). It also holds that what people DO is more important than what they BELIEVE. (It’s the original “Deed over Creed” faith.)

            As to your claim to “know all about” Judaism, even Jews and Rabbis can’t make such a statement. In some ways, there are literally as many forms of Judaism as there are Jews on the planet! Plus, of course, Judaism itself is divided into three main branches (and a few smaller ones): Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Even within those three there isn’t complete agreement, let alone with the others. While there may be a few basic principles Jews tend to share, a vital part of the faith is the very act of disputation and discussion. (It’s probably why so many Jews make good lawyers!)

          • Dear Marlene (February 5, 2018 at 7:52 AM):

            If you believe we are judged on our Faith and not on our Conduct (“Works” as you put it), that makes you a Christian, not a Jew, or even a “Jewish Christian”, since that’s one part of what I like to call the Judeo-Christian DIVISION!

            That doesn’t make you a bad person, or even wrong (God alone knows which of our faiths are correct, if any), it just makes you a non-Jew.

            P.S. – But you caught a mistake I made. It was Pascal, not Descartes, who created the Wager. My bad.

          • You have the arrogance to stand in judgment and say i’m a “non-Jew”? Read the New Testament – I read both because it’s ALL the Word of God. The Ephesians “loaf of bread” is both Jew and Christian. The original Christians were Jews. There’s too much for you to learn for me to take this dialogue any further.

    • Dear Marlene (February 4, 2018 at 9:02 PM):

      According to Judaism, neither are good Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, or believers in other faiths. How we treat each other in life is what counts, not what we believe.

        • Dear Marlene (February 5, 2018 at 7:55 AM):

          No “proselytizing” involved. I’m not trying to convert you to Judaism. I’m simply stating one of the key differences between our faiths. After all, true respect for any religion lies in attempting to understand it, and not simply impose one’s own views on it.

          There’s no reason Jews, Christians, and Muslims (among other people) can’t live peacefully side-by-side, and even have interesting discussions about our faiths. All that’s necessary is a willingness to recognize each of us may be mistaken, and that none should try to “convert” the other – especially not by force.

          That’s why I post my Comments here. I’m disturbed (and disgusted) by how easily some people leap from condemning groups like ISIS to condemning all Muslims and all of Islam. None of our faiths have an unblemished track record, and all of them have done some good in the world. (Did you know the Grand Mosque of Paris gave refuge to Jews during the Nazi Occupation?)

          https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Mosque-Paris-Muslims-Holocaust/dp/0823423042/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517902187&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Grand+Mosque

          • No, Muslims cannot live “peacefully” with any other faith, people, or nation. If you don’t know that, then we’re wasting our time.

          • Dear Marlene (February 6, 2018 at 1:48 PM):

            The only “waste of time” going on here is by people like you who present their profound IGNORANCE as “revealed truth”.

            So Jews, Christians, and Muslims can’t live peacefully together? Funny, they managed to do it when the Muslims ruled parts of Spain. It was only when “their most Catholic Majesties” (Ferdinand and Isabella) took over that the persecutions, tortures, expulsions, and Inquisitions began. And did you know where many of the Jews fled to after being expelled? Morocco and the Ottoman Empire. They were able to live far more peacefully among the Muslims there than among the Christians of Spain. (They couldn’t even try to live peacefully among the Christians of England, since they’d been expelled from there centuries earlier.)

            Then, as I’ve already pointed out on this page, during the Holocaust, it was the Muslims and the Grand Mosque of Paris which gave refuge to Jews in Nazi Occupied France, even as the Christians there were busy helping the Nazis with their “Final Solution”.

            Stop blaming ALL Muslims and ALL of Islam for the sins of a few. ISIS, and other “Jihadists” represent a minute fraction of all the Muslims in the world, and their major victims are fellow Muslims!

            The struggle is not with any one Religion, but with the extremists in all Religions, those who think they’re “justified by their faith” and so can commit every crime and sin in the book “in the name of God”! THEY are the ones who “cannot live peacefully with any other faith, people, or nation”.

  3. I wonder which “Christian ideals” Mr. Ward (husband of the board member who first raised this ruckus) thinks our nation was founded on. Belief in Jesus as the ONLY means to Salvation? Nope, the Constitution doesn’t even mention Jesus, and the only place Religion is mentioned is in connection with the “Three No’s” (No Religious Test for public office, No Establishment of Religion, and No Prohibiting the Free Exercise thereof).

    Maybe he means the “Christian Ideals” members of the Southern States (and later the Confederacy) cited as they strove to keep their “peculiar institution” of Slavery? (Going so far as to commit TREASON to do it.) After all, they cited book, chapter, and verse of the King James Bible while doing so.

    It’s pathetic that people who claim to be followers of the “Prince of Peace” should object to a lesson obviously designed to foster understanding and peace between the faiths. Then again, their spiritual “ancestors” similarly showed how little they could act “in imitation of Christ” by slaughtering Jews, Muslims, and fellow Christians all in the name of the “correct” faith (whichever version of Christianity those murderers happened to follow).

    I’m reminded of the old joke (attributed by some to Gandhi, and by others to G.K. Chesterton): Christian Civilization sounds like a great idea, too bad no one has tried it!

    • Shrdlu42, in response to your statement regarding the Confederacy and how those who fought so hard to retain the institution of slavery (which was, by the way, introduced to the Europeans by the Muslims), the fact that they justified their actions by reciting the King James Bible, does NOT mean that they were true Christians! Satan himself knows the Holy Scriptures backwards and forwards – so that makes him a Christian? Just because there have been those throughout history who have committed violence while claiming that it was all in the name of their so-called “Christian” faith (particularly the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages), that does not automatically mean they were true Christians! Camping out in a garage doesn’t turn one into a car! The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said repeatedly that believing in Him (in His life, death and resurrection), which means to accept His free gift of redemption, is the one and only way that we can attain eternal life in His Holy Kingdom (Paradise)! The wages of sin is death – By His death on the cross, He took upon Himself the penalty we would otherwise have to pay ourselves (being eternally separated from the God of Glory)! That was the whole idea of what He did for us! God has not ever and will never send any person to hell, which was only created for the devil and his fallen angels, or demons! Individuals make the choice to spend their eternal lives seperated from their Creator by refusing to believe in His only begotten Son and that He paid the penalty for our transgressions! He said that He didn’t come to abolish the Law of Moses, but to complete it, knowing that no one is able to live up to it! Yes, in many other religions, past and present, not believing in their god does result in terrible punishments – but the one true God doesn’t operate that way – only people do! Our Creator is a God of grace and love, a love stronger and more passionate than we can imagine! He never punishes, He guides us patiently! I realize you don’t believe in Him (The Lord Jesus Christ) and I don’t mean to disparage you in any way – I’m just telling you about what He taught throughout His earthly ministry! Lastly, there is irrefutable proof of His resurrection, as He was seen and heard by many witnesses (more than five thousand at one time)!

      • Dear Bonnie Wrenching (February 5, 2018 at 7:43 AM):

        No so fast.

        First, I’ve heard that slander about Slavery and Muslims before (from someone who also blames Jews for it). Even if true (which I doubt, since Slavery has a long history in Europe dating back even before the Roman Empire turned Christian), so what? It’s not like Muslims FORCED Christians to practice that activity, nor did they cause the Southern Confederates to embrace that “peculiar institution”. If you want to have a serious and honest discussion of these vital matters, you’ll have to do better than just hurl mud!

        Second, ditto for your blithe dismissal of said Confederates as “not true Christians”. Too easy an excuse. Where the leaders of the Inquisition “true Christians”? How about the Crusaders (who slaughtered many fellow Christians and Jews on their way to slaughtering Muslims)? What about the Catholics and Protestants who gleefully slaughtered each other in the name of the “Prince of Peace”? Were they not “true Christians” after all? THEY CERTAINLY THOUGHT THEY WERE!

        Third, and if they’re not, how can you be sure YOU ARE, to say nothing of the other Islamophobic bigots here who condemn Islam for things which can also be found in their own (supposedly Christian) faith? Maybe you’re “not true Christians” either!

        Fourth, as for Jesus, he said a lot of things, and the “record” of what he said is so riddled with inconsistencies, contradictions, and out right falsehoods that relying on it for “salvation” is a problematic matter indeed. (Plus, again, how do you KNOW your view of what he said is the correct one?) Of course, invoking his words to a Jew (me) is a complete waste of time. So far as I’m concerned they have no authority at all!

        Fifth, the idea that “He took upon Himself the penalty we would otherwise have to pay ourselves (being eternally separated from the God of Glory)! That was the whole idea of what He did for us!” is precisely what I referred to when (earlier on these pages) I described the Christian god as a sadist and a monster! The argument you make has been used for centuries both to explain Christianity and to convert Jews. It was most fully expressed in 1098 by Saint Anselm, in his treatise “Cur Deus Homo” (Why God Became Man). Like all such attempts to “explain” Christianity to Jews, it was a dud. From the perspective of Jewish Theology and Ethics it made no sense at all (and still doesn’t).

        Sixth, as for the notion that “God has not ever and will never send any person to hell”, you just wiped out almost two thousand years of Christian preaching! Ever heard of a “fire and brimstone” sermon? It’s not about backyard barbecues!

        I’m not bothering with the rest of the theological nonsense you’re parroting, since it’s clear you don’t know what you’re talking about, and are simply mindlessly repeating phrases you’ve been taught to memorize, just like the kids at Islamic Madrasahs! (Funny, isn’t it, how extremists resemble one another so much.)

        I will however, point out how completely you contradicted yourself with these two sentences:

        “Individuals make the choice to spend their eternal lives seperated from their Creator by refusing to believe in His only begotten Son and that He paid the penalty for our transgressions!”

        “Yes, in many other religions, past and present, not believing in their god does result in terrible punishments – but the one true God doesn’t operate that way. . . .”

        Which is it? Do we remain “separated” and subject to punishment for our “transgressions” by refusing to believe in your “one true God”, or doesn’t he “operate that way”?

        As for your “irrefutable proof”, again, it only exists in a “record” whose accuracy is doubtful.

        Please don’t continue down this path. We are discussing POLITICS, not Religion (even if the two are intertwined in this matter). The question is what right do Christians (or members of other faiths) have to look down on ALL Muslims and ALL of Islam, given how poor the track record of their own faith is. I seem to recall someone saying something about how only those without sin should cast the first stone.

  4. Here is a quickee summary of why allah is more easily comparable to Satan than to God… and make sure to give it to your religious leaders since many of them are useful idiots to islam too…

    I. Who is the murderer?
    1. allah – a murderer – moslems should strike off the heads of unbelievers and massacre them. Koran47.4
    2. Satan – The devil was a murderer from the beginning.’ John 8:44
    3. YHWH/God – No murderer has eternal life’ 1 John 3:15

    II. Who is the liar (why would a god need to lie?)
    1. Allah is a liar – “Allah misleads whom it will’. Koran 13:27
    2. Satan – The devil is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
    3. YHWH/God – God cannot lie. Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18

    III. Who is the deceiver or seducer or plotter? A plot is a ploy, or trick, to deceive people to get control.
    1. Allah – allah is a deceiver/seducer. ‘Allah is the best of plotters.’ Koran3:54, 8:30, 13:42
    2. Satan – Satan which deceives the whole world. Revelations 12:9
    Satan said, ‘I will seduce/deceive men on earth’. Koran 15:39
    3. YHWH/God – ‘God of truth’ Deuteronomy 32:4

    IV. Who loves the unbelievers?
    1. Allah – allah does not love unbelievers. Koran 30:45, 5:87
    2. Satan – ‘Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil’. Acts 10:38
    3. YHWH/God loves unbelievers. ‘God so loved the world’ John 3:16 (yeah, that means God loves moslems too even though they bow to a rock and Satan.

    V. Koran admits that allah is not God

    koran 45:49 وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ رَبُّ الشِّعْرَىٰ – And that he (allah) is the lord of Sirius (the star which the pagan arabs used to worship); Mushin Khan Translation

    According to the koran, the scriptures are the truth and one can show via the Bible and koran that allah is Satan. Who is the Lord of the World?

    koran 1:2 [All] praise is [due] to Allah , Lord of the worlds

    2 Corinthians 4:4

    in whose case the god of this [a]world (Satan or his alias that is allah) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

    • Dear Lee Sargeant (February 5, 2018 at 9:55 AM):

      In the words of Shakespeare: “The Devil can quote Scripture to his purpose”. In your case it doesn’t matter which Scripture.

      Shall we “cherry-pick” parts of the Bible and see where that leads us?

      “I am the Lord, and there is none else, . . . ” Isaiah 45:5 [Meaning no Son, or Holy Ghost, or Devil.]

      “I form the light, I create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 [Again, can’t blame the Devil for that. And do you really want to worship a god who creates evil?]

      Speaking of creating evil, how about these rules for warfare?

      “And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands [a city we’re fighting against], thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword.” Deutoronomy 20:13 [Whoops, looks like the Lord just required us to violate the Geneva Conventions! I wonder if this is part of the “Judeo-Christian Values” America was supposedly founded on.]

      And just so I don’t leave the so-called New Testament feeling neglected: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34 [Well, Christians certainly got that part right!]

      I suggest you follow the words of the Pirkei Avot (Wisdom, or Ethics, of the Fathers): “Be exceedingly humble of spirit, for the end of Man is the worm.”

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