The second in a series of interfaith dialogues sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Projects in Fargo-Moorhead features a discussion of â€œThree Views of Jesus: Muslim, Christian and Jewish.â€ Panelists are Dr. Ahmed Kamel (Sunni Muslim), the Rev. Sue Koesterman (ELCA Lutheran) and Dr. David Myers (Reform Jew). The discussion is 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Community Room of the Fargo Public Library, main branch at 102 3rd St. N. For more information, call (701) 388-7368.
By a margin of almost 70 percent, residents of Oklahoma passed a ballot that prevents “judges from considering Islamic or international law when making a ruling,” reports Politico.com.
“The propositionâ€™s sponsor, Republican Rex Duncan, told reporters Tuesday that the proposition is a ‘preemptive strike’ against judges who he worries could be ‘legislating from the bench or using international law or Sharia law.’”
Those opposed to the measure point to the freedom of religion clause in the First Amendment.
From a story in today’s Forum:
As passionate voices continue to wrangle over the planned mosque near the site where the World Trade Center towers fell, Muslims in Fargo-Moorhead are contemplating an expansion of their own in a more serene setting.
Friday gatherings at the Fargo mosque are already crowded, said Ahmer Qarni, who has twice served as president of the mosque. But the larger mosque and community center facilities theyâ€™d like to have will have to wait.
Read the full story: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/291894/
A New York Times feature on Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah. Abdullah is Muslim and observes Ramadan, which involves fasting from sun-up to sun down. Here’s a bit of the story:
“For Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah, the most important clock inside the Metrodome was not the one keeping time for his teamâ€™s recent preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks. Another, showing the time of day, held greater significance for him and for the Vikingsâ€™ training staff.
Sameer Abufardeh recalls hearing an old proverb in his native Palestine.
â€œIf one man throws a stone into a well,â€ the saying goes, â€œit takes 1,000 men to get it out.â€
That axiom reminds the Fargo resident of the furor created by the Florida minister who has threatened to burn the Muslim holy book, the Quran, today. The Rev. Terry Jonesâ€™ well-publicized plans for a â€œBurn the Koranâ€ day on the anniversary of 9/11 have created outrage and protests across the globe.
But Fargoâ€™s Muslim community has opted to keep much cooler heads. Worshipers gathered as usual at their south Fargo mosque Friday…
Read the full story: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/290748/
The Pentagon’s press secretary says that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called Florida pastor Terry Jones and “urged the Pastor not to proceed with it,” NPR reports.
Press secretary Geoff Morrell released the following in a statement: “Secretary Gates reached out to Pastor Jones this afternoon. They had a very brief phone conversation during which the Secretary expressed his grave concern that going forward with the Quran burning would put at risk the lives of our forces around the world, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he urged the Pastor not to proceed with it.”
Jones was spearheading a protest in which copies of the Quran, Islam’s holiest text, would have been burned on Sept. 11. He has since canceled that protest.
Here’s a story on The Forum’s website if you want to know more about the Quran-burning controversial in general and today’s news: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/290567/
The hyper-controversial Quran-burning led by a Florida pastor has been cancelled.
Rev. Terry Jones drew criticism both within and outside the U.S., including from U.S. Pres. Barack Obama, for his plans to burn the books.
Recently, a number of Christian leaders – both liberal and conservative -Â expressed opposition to the planned action. You can read more about that here.
Here’s a blurb on The Forum’s website: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/290567/group/homepage/
Here’s some info on the Washington Post about Obama’s appeal to Jones not to go through with his plans: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/09/AR2010090904983.html
From an ELCA press release:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) joined a coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to denounce rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry in the United States, as the country prepares to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The religious leaders met in Washington at the request of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Plainfield, Ind., which hosted an emergency interfaith summit Sept. 7. Afterward, the interfaith leaders released a statement at a news conference at the National Press Club.
They stated, “As religious leaders in this great country, we have come together in our nation’s capital to denounce categorically the derision, misinformation and outright bigotry being directed against America’s Muslim community. We bear a sacred responsibility to honor America’s varied faith traditions and to promote a culture of mutual respect and the assurance of religious freedom for all.”
“The Christian Post” reports:
“As thousands of Muslims worldwide gathered over the weekend to protest one Florida group’s plans to burn copies of Islamâ€™s sacred text on the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Christian leaders â€“ liberal and conservative â€“ reaffirmed their opposition to the burnings.”
“A Duluth mosque will stay open, thanks to a successful fundraising drive,” according to the Associated Press.
Area Muslims bought the deed to the building three years ago with a down payment of $130,000 but needed to raise $200,000 by Sept. 1 to complete the purchase â€“ or lose the building.
Read the full story: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/289332/