Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Christian Pakistanis Living in Fear-Will Rick Warren Talk About This?
Pastor Rick Warren has announced that he will be convening an interfaith meeting at his Saddleback church sometime in September. The topic will be religious tolerance, and he will be inviting at least one major Jewish and Muslim leader to join him at an open forum.
It should be most interesting. The question is what will be talked about and what will not be talked about. Warren has already dropped a hint when he listed complaints of religious intolerance and included a reference to Muslim women being banned from wearing their head scarves.
But will Warren also open the floor to discuss the on-going persecution world-wide-by Muslims?
Here is just the latest out of Pakistan.
Of course, I could once again mention the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the persecution of Baha'i in Iran, the massacres of Christians in Nigeria, and on and on.
Whoever represents the Jews at Pastor Warren's event could also recite all the anti-Semitism being provoked in Europe by Muslim immigrants and all the horrible calls friom Middle East imams to kill the Jews.
But will he?
Warren has a great opportunity to open all this up for discussion in front of a large audience. Or he could just bring in some rabbi who doesn't want to make waves and a propagandist like Muzammil Siddiqi (arguably the most influencial Muslim leader in Southern California), and they will all sing Kumbaya and moan about Islamophobia. Which will it be? I suspect the latter.
It all remains to be seen.