We continue to hear stories of the ‘Misunderstood” Muslims. How we must be tolerant. We must have “educational’ moments so we can appreciate the plight of the poor muslim. At the same time Christians are being pushed out of Bethlehem. The birth place of Jesus. Here is an example from the United Church of Christ which purports to have a robust “Social Justice” outreach:
Church program aims to teach about Islam
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Carmel is teaching the community about Islam during a special program Saturday at the church, 3106 E. Carmel Drive.
Shariq Siddiqui, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, and Lubabah Abdullah, associate director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m. about Islam and Muslim life in Indiana and around the world.
A light dinner and special recipes from countries with large Islamic populations will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Indy Star
Meanwhile, Christians are being persecuted world-wide:
The Muslim Fatah-controlled authority in Judea and Samaria is encouraging a “sharp demographic shift” in Bethlehem, where the Christian population went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city’s total population today.
It is estimated that, for the past seven years, more than one thousand Christians have been emigrating from the Bethlehem area annually and that only 10,000 to 13,000 Christians remain in the city. International human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, who teaches at Hebrew University, told the Jerusalem Institute for Global Jewish Affairs that, under the PA-Fatah regime, Christian Arabs have been victims of frequent human rights abuses by Muslims.
As people with “dhimmi” status, Christians living in Palestinian-controlled territories are not treated as the equals of Muslims. He says: “They are subjected to debilitating legal, political, cultural, and religious restrictions This has become a critical problem for the Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and Gaza. Muslim groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have built a culture of hatred upon the age-old foundations of Islamic society. Moreover, the PA has adopted Islamic law into its draft constitution.”
In 2006, Hassan El-Masalmeh, a member of the Bethlehem City Council and local Hamas leader, publicly advocated implementing a discriminatory tax on non-Muslim residents. In late 2007 an evangelical pastor was forced to leave Ramallah under threats from Fatah gunmen, and soon after, his congregation dispersed. More at Mark Levin