Wednesday, January 19, 2011

the two religions are enemies

This is part of a rejected article that tells it like it is a little too clearly for some:
Teaching Islam among “The World’s Great Religions” in the University of Hawaii, I learned how profoundly ignorant of one another’s religion those Christians and Muslims were. And worse than ignorant: misinformed. Growing up to the realities of our shrinking globe is painful, and obscuring differences stunts this growth. I taught the similarities and differences, and rejoice in the increasing efforts toward interfaith understanding. But we can make no essential progress, religious or political, unless we honestly and courageously confront the reality that our two religions are essential enemies, antagonists each to the other’s essence, mutual blasphemers. Only with that realism can the mutual blasphemers begin to learn to get along with each other without violence.

from Willis E. Elliott: Thou Shalt Not! The WaPo’s ‘On Faith’ Blog Spikes A Regular Contributor When He Writes On Islam

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