Chrislam gains a powerful new voice, in one of the heads of the Catholic church in the United States.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made his first visit to a mosque in New York City and it was the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville where he met with Muslim and other faith leaders.
The cardinal spent more than two hours touring the mosque and the Miraj Islamic School and having lunch with about 40 clergy and laity.
“I thank God that this day has arrived,” the cardinal said. “I thank you for your welcome, I thank you for making me feel like a friend and a member of a family.”
The cardinal asked questions about the Muslim faith and emphasized throughout his visit how much the two religions and their members have in common.
“You love God, we love God and he is the same God,” the cardinal said of the Muslim and Roman Catholic faiths.
Same God? The Allah of the Koran had this to say, concerning Christians and Jews:
“O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”
Other passages command Muslims to kill Jews and Christians, a command taken all too literally in Egypt, Afghanistan and around the world nearly every day. Dolan offered no words of solace or encouragement for the Christians persecuted and murdered at the hands of Islamic oppressors.
Dolan went on to compare today’s Muslims to the Catholic Americans of 150 years ago, completely ignoring the concept of jihad and the role it is playing around the world.
National Review’s Michael Potemra follows Dolan down the syncretic road.
So, good for Cardinal Dolan for his encouragement to our Muslim brothers and sisters, to persevere on this path.
Christians and Muslims are not on the same path and are not spiritual brothers and sisters.