[Yes, comments below.AND, this fellow will be listed in the “enablers” during ACT! Texas’ Beware False Prophets conference on 11/16/13.]
Sunnyvale Presbyterian invites pastor to separate Islamic fact and fiction
By Alia Wilson
Posted: 09/04/2013 06:03:10 PM PDT | Updated: a day ago
Through research, traveling, and writing, a local Christian pastor is hoping to debunk stereotypes about Islam. Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church invited Pastor Ben Daniel of San Jose’s Foothill Presbyterian Church to speak to the community last month after the release of his book earlier this year. His book, The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact from Fiction, discusses Islamophobia in American society.
Two years in the making, the book explores the core beliefs and practices of Islam, as well as the history behind the growing fear and confusion around the religion in public discourse.
“Islamophobia is out there and it comes as a result of our fear, the fear of Muslims and Islam, which has been with us a long time,” Daniel said. “In North America, it dates back to the 18th century, but I don’t think fear has ever been productive. It doesn’t make us safer; it doesn’t improve us as people. What we really need is hope and common sense and we need to get to know each other. If we do that, we will all be okay.” [And I believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and have sugar plums dancing over my head all the time, too.]
There are about 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, Daniel said. The CIA suspects there are fewer than 20,000 active members of terrorist organizations in the world. [This is jaw-droppingly wrong. The number of Mursi followers in Egypt alone is significantly higher than that. And where does this guy think the “Million Muslim March” would be coming from? The non-active MB members? And who’s doing all the killing in Syria right now? So, I suppose he doesn’t want to have to define “terrorist organization” as, like, “Islam.”]
“The fact is that people who match these negative descriptions are a tiny fraction; people need to remember that,” Daniel said. “The main thing I want people to do is to use common sense and think through what they are saying and hearing.” [The fact that this reporter chose to write about this claptrap proves that at least he got one person there to forget common sense and stop thinking.]
Nearly 150 people attended the event, held in the Fellowship Hall of Sunnyvale Presbyterian on Aug. 22. Daniel co-presented alongside Maha Elgenaidi, founder of the Islamic Networks Group [can you say Muslim Brotherhood?One of those “tiny” terrorist orgs, I suppose], a local nonprofit that works to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims.
“This is a church that is engaged in important issues, which I really admire,” Daniel said. “I think most Presbyterians go to churches where issues around interfaith dialogue don’t happen [this is clearly a PUSA church; the PCA churches at least will tell you straight up that if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ you’re going to hell and they don’t need any interfaith dialogues to get you right on that]. Sunnyvale is the kind of church that is not afraid to tackle such important issues. It might make some people uncomfortable, but this is a brave and vibrant church holding this conversation there.” [If it were really brave, it would have the other side of the conversation, too: Should we study Islam to find out what its goals really are?]
The Rev. Steve Harrington said Sunnyvale Presbyterian enjoys hosting such events. “While we are a Christ-centered church, we are also interested in learning about others and contributing to a culture of respect and civility [why the hell would you want to do thatfor your enemies? Why not concentrate on turning them to Jesus?] at a time when our society is becoming more and more polarized,” [due mostly to the arrogant, supremacist Islamists who have no tolerance for any other creed but their own, and that’s only on the “religious” side. Cross over to the political plane and you’ve got Islamism, Marxism, Liberalism, Socialism, and Communism all freely playing in the fields of man] Harrington said in an email. “Conversations and opportunities to learn beyond yourselves are always good things to pursue.” [No. Understanding right from wrong is your job, and you clearly don’t.]
Although there were a handful of people who tried to disrupt the event, Pamela Marino, one of the event organizers, said the event was an overall success. “Some people are asking if we can do interfaith events in the future, which is definitely something that is being thought about,” Marino said. [This would be a tragedy.]