November 25, 2009, - 11:30 am
If your pastor, priest, reverend, rabbi, or whatever you call your cleric, is like either of the two non-Muslim guys in this rendition of “The Three Stooges,” it’s time to find a new house of worship.
But there they were, Rabbi Ted Falcon, the Rev. Don Mackenzie and Sheik Jamal Rahman, walking into an Indian restaurant, and afterward a Presbyterian church. The sanctuary was full of 250 people who came to hear them talk about how they had wrestled with their religious differences and emerged as friends.
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They call themselves the “interfaith amigos.” And while they do sometimes seem more like a stand-up comedy team than a trio of clergymen, they know they have a serious burden in making a case for interfaith understanding in a country reeling after a Muslim Army officer at Fort Hood, Tex., was charged with opening fire on his fellow soldiers, killing 13.
“It arouses once again fear, distrust and doubt,” Sheik Rahman said, “and I know that when that happens, even the best of people cannot think clearly.” . . .
They began to meet weekly for spiritual direction, combining mutual support with theological reflection. Their families became acquainted over meals. They started an AM radio show, and they traveled together to Israel and the occupied territories. Recently, they wrote a book, “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith.”
At one point, the rabbi read a line the sheik had written about the security wall in Israel and announced, “If that line is in the book, I’m not in the book.” After vigorous discussion, Sheik Rahman rewrote the line in a way that both men felt was respectful of their principles.
Barf. I wish this was the first group of fraudulent “interfaith amigos” to grace Ameica. But it ain’t. Sadly, there are tons of these idiots–who, forty years ago, would have been smoking hashish at some ashram and spitting on our troops returning from Vietnam. That includes Daniel Pearl’s father, Judea Pearl, a complete phony, who travels the US with an extremist Muslim professing their “peacefulness” and “tolerance.” Goody for you. You win a broken Cracker Jacks prize for that. Ditto for these Rodney King-atrixes, the Witches of Jihadwick.
Yeah, we need to trust Muslims more after the Fort Hood massacre because . . .? After the Mumbai massacre because . . .? After the 9/11 attacks because . . .? After the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings because. . . ? After the 1985 TWA Flight 847 hijacking, during which Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was tortured to death because . . .? After the 1983 mass murder of U.S. Marines and Embassy officials in Beirut because? After the U.S. Embassy officials were taken hostage for 444 because . . .?
As the late Sy Syms, who just recently passed away, used to say, “An Educated Consumer Is Our Best Customer.”
We need less kumbaya-niks, and more Educated Consumers in America. And Americans gobbling up this interfaith BS along with their turkey are the former. Certainly not the latter.
To my readers, on Thanksgiving Day, be thankful that you are the kind of American Sy Simms was talking about. Be hopeful that maybe some day, the rest of our country will wake the heck up.
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