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Mar 15, 2007


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This is what happens when people -- any people -- believe they have exclusive access to the truth. I agree this kid is an idiot, and sadly, the ACLU continues its downward slide in defending the purported rights of exclusivists. I can't tell you how much I regret the years I spent supporting that organization. CAIR, the litigation arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, can't be far behind since CAIR often advises the ACLU on "Muslim issues."

On the subject of interfaith worship and entering the religious spaces of other religions, I have a different view on the subject. I go well beyond mere tolerance of differences to absolute acceptance of the validity of each religious tradition as a path to God. My Muslim 9-yr old son attends Catholic school, and I have no problem with him saying Catholic prayers in a church or elsewhere (especially when all the other (Catholic) kids share his boredom with the Lenten practices). The differences between Catholicism and our own religion also make for good theological discussion when we read Qur'an together on Sunday mornings. One point is that I never claim is that one religion is "right" and the "other" wrong --merely different, and God will decide between us. Were I to object to Catholic education, the solution would be obvious - don't send my son to Catholic school. But it goes beyond that for me. I also have a Catholic wife, and we have had no problem attending each other's services. For reasons of principle, I attend only mosques that permit women to pray in the same room, which is more comfortable for my wife. In Salafist Muslim America, of course, those mosques are few and far between. I've not run into any issues like that in a church, but I hear some churchs are thinking about heading in that direction.

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