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Stephen Coughlin and Robert Spencer on the pitfalls of “interfaith dialogue”


Recently Robert Spencer interviewed former Pentagon Sharia expert Stephen Coughlin, who spoke at our inaugural AFDI event at CPAC in 2010, on his ABN show. They discussed the pitfalls of "interfaith dialogue," a trap that Jews and Christians frequently fall into. Spencer explains about Muslim/Christian dialogue:

I am all for dialogue between Muslims and Christians when it is
honest and not based on false pretenses. There doesn't seem to be any
use to dialogue that ignores difficulties and points of disagreement
rather than confronting them. They won't go away if ignored. I discuss
the genuine prospects for dialogue and its pitfalls at length in my book
Not Peace But A Sword, which will be published next week by Catholic Answers.

One thing that must be recognized is that for many Muslim spokesmen
and leaders, dialogue with adherents of other religions is simply a
proselytizing mechanism designed to convert the "dialogue" partner to
Islam, as the Muslim Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb explained: "The
chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah [the society of unbelievers] is
great, and a bridge is not to be built across it so that the people on
the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of
Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam."

In line with this, 138 Muslim scholars wrote to Pope Benedict XVI,
inviting him to dialogue. The title of the document they sent to him was
A Common Word Between Us and You. Reading the entire Qur’anic
verse from which the phrase “a common word between us and you” was taken
makes the Common Word initiative’s agenda clear: “Say: ‘People of the
Book! Come now to a word common between us and you, that we serve none
but God, and that we associate not aught with Him, and do not some of us
take others as Lords, apart from God.’ And if they turn their backs,
say: ‘Bear witness that we are Muslims’” (3:64). Since Muslims consider
the Christian confession of the divinity of Christ to be an unacceptable
association of a partner with God, this verse is saying that the
“common word” that Muslims and the People of the Book should agree on is
that Christians should discard one of the central tenets of their faith
and essentially become Muslims. Not a promising basis for an honest and
mutually respectful dialogue of equals.

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  • Bill

    There is a movement afoot to “merge” Christian and Muslim values and worship services into something that is “evolving” into what is called “chrislam”. It is the result of “interfaith dialogue”. It is a sell-out. It is a danger. It is the result of globalist desires. It is also one of the greatest lies and abominations in the religious world. There has never been and never will be an equivalent of our Judeo-Christian creator to their so called allah; Mohammud has never been nor will ever be the equivalent of the son of man, Yeshua Adonai. The views of Islam have always been in opposition to Judeo-Christianity; our one true God will always reign supreme. To honor false prophets is akin to idol worship. The “chrislam” movement will fail.

  • vincent bruce

    The Jews and the Muslims are brothers, both are the spawn of Abraham the infidel that broke his covenant with God.
    God promised to spare the line of Abraham’s sons, rather than turning them to stone, he allowed them to prosper until their salvation arrived in the name of Jesus.
    Now that Jesus has fulfilled the scriptures the sons of Abraham can be salvaged , just like everyone else.
    But it seems that these sons of Abraham want special treatment, and feel cheated that all peoples are equal in God’s eyes.
    Muslims and Jews must accept the Good news That God is Love.
    I believe that the Jewish are trying harder than the mad ass Muslims that are on a suicide mission, who follow the messenger of Satan Mohamhead.

  • Pam K

    @ Bill: I was shocked today when it was announced that Pope Francis considers interfaith dialogue, and specifically dialogue with Islam, as one of his important tasks.
    Yet, I take some comfort in the fact that Robert Spencer’s new book is being published by a Catholic press. And I think that Catholics should lobby the Pope to invite Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller to the Vatican to consult with him on this issue.

  • sharia observer

    “Chrislam” seems to have been already alive and well in America on Sep 20, 2001 when George Bush addressed a Joint Session of Congress and declared that the 9/11 terrorists, by their violence, had blasphemed the “good name” of Allah and the good and peaceful “religion’ called Islam.
    Besides Bush’s obvious coaching by Nihad Awad and CAIR, I do not doubt for a second that Alamoudi, CAIR and ISNA had already planted the seed of the endless taqiyya plea of pity for Islam’s fake victimhood.
    We infidels, all of us, are the target of Mohammedan Islam because we value personal freedom and because we love life.

  • James Linnstrom II

    Who is Allah?? Who is Allah?
    Who is Allah? Let Islam define him in the most important statement of Islam, Shahada: ‘La ‘ilea-ha ‘IL-all-laa-hu mu-ham-ma-door Ra-soo-lul-laah “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.”
    Who is Allah? Allah is the god of Mohammed the murderer, rapist, slave trafficker, and pedophile. Now why would any Christians or Jews try a ‘interfaith’ dialogue about Allah?? Why don’t they just flush Allah down the toilet???
    My interfaith ‘dialogue’ with muslims would be quite simple: “Repent now from your lies and turn to Christ as your Savior or prepare to burn forever in hellfire.”

  • James Linnstrom II

    Looking back, I am starting to suspect that GW Bush never got over his alcoholism.

  • James Linnstrom II

    You are so clueless, I am starting to think that you are a muslim!!!

  • Debi Brand

    Robert and Stephen, good work, Gentlemen.
    I would only add, the Muslims (to include the “MBH”) do what what they do because of their Guide and their Guidance–their Prophet, their Qur’an.
    That there, provable Islam.
    Pam, thanks for this post.

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