Last month, 138 Muslim scholars signed a letter addressed to Pope Benedict XVI, and other religious leaders, urging them to find common ground between Islam and Christianity. The letter declared that Islam and Christianity both believe in only one God, and the commandment to love one's neighbor.
Some 200 Christian leaders have responded to the Muslim scholars with their own letter, which calls for an interfaith dialogue that will "reshape" the two communities to "genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another." Signers of the response letter include Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Jim Wallis of the liberal advocacy group Sojourners, and evangelical pastors Bill Hybels and Rick Warren.
Brigitte Gabriel is founder of the American Congress for Truth and author of the book Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. She says the letter displays a disturbing lack of knowledge about the Koran.
"Our terrorist enemies -- who have launched an attack against the West and against the infidels, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and everything else -- those terrorists repeated[ly] quote the Koran and many, many verses of the Koran and the Hadith," she points out. "…the accompanying books of the Koran [talk] about how Islam looks on unbelievers, or the Kafirs, as those who are condemned to go to hell."
Gabriel says the Christian community would be wiser to call Muslim imams on the carpet by urging them to tell their fellow Muslims to "stop committing acts of barbarism in the name of their religion." She is also disturbed that Hybels and Warren are suggesting that God and Allah are one.
"Islam is very different from Christianity, or Judaism, or Buddhism. The Allah of Islam is not the same God we worship," she argues. "Our God looks at all his people as equals; our God does not command us to kill anybody. I mean, our Ten Commandments, one of the top commandments, [says] 'thou shall not kill' -- regardless of if you believe with these people or not."
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