LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Faith leaders from the Islamic and Christian religions came together over the weekend to promote commonalities and ways to bring the Louisville community together.
In a time when acts of extremism at home and abroad still grip the headlines, the group gathered to tackle hot button issues.
Northeast Christian Church served as the backdrop, and the church’s pastor, Tyler McKenzie, was the moderator.
“Why is it that we struggle so much to get Christian and Muslims together for conversations?” McKenzie asked.
He said the goal of the two-day dialogue was to “educate people in the church on the two major religions in the world.”
Imam Muhammad of the Muslim Community Mosque represented the ideals of the Islamic faith while Dr. Jon Weatherly, Dean of Biblical Studies at Johnson University, served as the expert on Christianity.
At the heart of the discussion were the differences between the two major religions, giving the audience – mixed in make up – a true understanding of where the ideologies differ.
Also in focus: the fear harbored by many Americans concerning Islamic extremism.
That fear was only reawakened by the recently thwarted terror plot on a Paris-bound train, where three American men stopped a would-be terrorist from turning the train into a bloodbath.
“We must denounce what they are doing,” said Imam Muhammad, “as a human being before I am a Muslim. Nobody can accept what they are doing.”