Emerging church leader attacks Christian Islamophobia

15813218-largeBIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Brian McLaren, the minister known as a major spokesman of the Emerging Church movement for more than two decades, has attacked a Christian news outlet’s publication of an anti-Muslim diatribe.

“Charisma News put up a hateful, Islamophobic rant online,” McLaren said in an interview today. “It sure sounded like he was calling for genocide (against Muslims).”

McLaren responded on his web site with an open letter to Charisma News criticizing its publication of “Why I am Absolutely Islamophobic,” written by the Rev. Gary Cass, president and CEO of DefendChristians.org. Charisma News posted it on Sept. 5. It echoed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s earlier comment to Fox News on the Islamic terrorist group ISIS that America should “either convert them or kill them.”

McLaren said the Cass article, which spoke fondly of Christian crusaders who killed Muslims, sums up what’s gone wrong with modern evangelical Christians in their approach to other faiths.

“Americans are subject to a certain type of propaganda that tries to present all of the wrongdoing as being the fault of Muslims and doesn’t understand the historical reasons behind Muslim grievances,” McLaren said. “That doesn’t excuse Muslim violence or violence of any kind.”

The Christian message should be one of peace, not violent retaliation, something Jesus preached against and his followers were slow to absorb, McLaren said.



Christian, Hindu, Muslim leaders on ways to pass faith wisdom to children

interfaithHUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A Christian, a Muslim and a Hindu walk into a university together. And what happens next, according to community leaders, is no joke – walking together can build a more harmonious, more creative, more inspiring place to live.

“Representatives from Christianity, Islam and Hinduism will clarify their deepest treasures at the heart of the paths they follow and identify the principles and practices that can be used to promote harmonious community,” Broyles said. “Each presentation will pursue harmony by looking at principles and practices that promote unity and generational wisdom that can be passed on to our families and children.”


Survey: Number of U.S. Muslims Grow by 30% Since 2000

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Radicalism among Muslim youth is not a problem, America’s Muslim leaders told researchers – sounding a lot like their Christian counterparts – keeping the youth involved in the faith is their problem.

The information comes from “The American Mosque 2011,” a two-year survey of Muslims in the U.S. released today (Feb. 20, 2012) byHartford Seminary, Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other groups.

The vast majority of mosque leaders, 87 percent, disagreed with a statement that radicalism is increasing among Muslim youth.

The study also shows that Islam in the U.S. is bucking trends of decreasing religious participation in general however. The faith has seen a 30 percent growth in members since 2000, from an estimated 2 million in 2000 to 2.6 million in 2011, which would be about the same as the number of Buddhists and about half the estimated number of Jews in the U.S.