American Muslims Are Helping Black Churches Rebuild

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How American Muslims Are Helping Black Churches Rebuild After Spate Of Fires

Muslims are bringing hope to Christian communities in the South after a recent spate of fires devastated black church buildings.

Three Muslim organizations have teamed up to raise money to rebuild worship centers in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina that were destroyed by fire the past few weeks.

The “Respond With Love” campaign, organized by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab-American Association of New York and Ummah Wide during the holy month of Ramadan, has already raised close to $25,000 with the help of more than 500 individual supporters.

“ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear,” the campaign organizers wrote on their fundraising page. “We want for others what we want for ourselves: the right to worship without intimidation, the right to safety, and the right to property.”
This is when religion improves society. this is when religion is the best.
 
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Where are the born again evangelical churches in this? Oh, that's right. They house the ones who burn, not build.
 
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Too bad you ruined your own thread on the second post with this.
I didn't.

Evangelism?s secret history of racial discrimination - Salon.com

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Both histories provide pristine portraits of the origins of the evangelical right, suggesting its founders based their advocacy on scholarly assessments and aspired to noble political ends. But a history can be told that is significantly less flattering.

The right-wing evangelical movement was not an immediate backlash to Roe v. Wade. The evangelical community, unlike Roman Catholicism, showed little interest in combating abortion until almost 1980. As Jerry Falwell lamented in 1979, “The Roman Catholic Church for many years has stood virtually alone against abortion. I think it’s an indictment against the rest of us that we’ve allowed them to stand alone.”

Although evangelicals were mostly silent on abortion after Roe v. Wade, they were not silent on other political issues. Paul Weyrich, one of the evangelical right’s most influential founders, recalls that the movement initially emerged to defend racially segregated Christian schools from government intrusion:

[W]hat galvanized the Christian community was not abortion, school prayer, or the ERA [Equal Rights Amendment]. I am living witness to that because I was trying to get those people interested in those issues and I utterly failed. What changed their minds was Jimmy Carter’s intervention against the Christian schools, trying to deny them tax-exempt status on the basis of so-called de facto segregation.

In other words, as Randall Balmer has succinctly put it: “the religious right of the late twentieth century organized to perpetuate racial discrimination.”

Only after the movement was underway did it begin advocacy on abortion. It did so, in large part, based on highly dubious arguments advanced by the popular writer Francis Schaeffer.

Schaeffer held a master’s degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (though he went by “Dr. Schaeffer”) and argued, in 1979’s Whatever Happened to the Human Race? (co-written with the surgeon C. Everrett Koop, and offered as both book and film series), that legalized abortion represented an abandonment of the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. He is introduced in the film as “one of the world’s most respected thinkers”—a generous title given that Schaeffer plays loose with history, neglecting to mention that abortion was in fact legal when the nation was founded.

Schaeffer and Koop advance the argument that if evangelicals don’t mobilize to stop abortion, infanticide and involuntary euthanasia will soon become widespread.

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Racism has always been at their heart. Every church? Nope. But the greater majority? Yup.

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/the-hard-truth-billy-graham-and-son-when-racism-meets-hypocrisy/

You don’t have to be in the Church world long to learn that when a preacher, priest, etc, tells you that “God” is angry about something they almost always mean that he/she is angry about something.

If you didn’t know this and you were a follower of Billy and Franklin Graham you would probably be pretty confused about their version of “God.” Historically Graham has played both sides on the issue of racial justice, promoting the practice in theory, but never taking a consistent forthright stand. He even hung out with King…for a minute.

Graham endorsed Romney, based on religious reasoning (oxymoron?) and then immediately deleted a section of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. website that declares Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and several others to be cults that do not teach or represent true Christianity. Franklin followed up with an article saying that it’s okay for a Christian to support a Mormon for president. Both deny that they have sold out.

Billy and son have decided that if you don’t elect Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America God will be fed up with the sins of this nation and rain down judgment. They say that President Barack Obama’s positions on gay marriage and abortion will be the last straw for the Creator as they understand “God.” They have paid to have this message printed in newspapers for all to see.

The Grahams and others like them believe in a god that is only offended by two things that have been a part of the history of this nation and those are fairly recent trends. Their version of “God” is a manifestation of their own prejudice and hypocrisy and is not worthy of worship, service or recognition.

If you believe the Grahams, God was not offended at the displacement and mass slaughter of the peaceful, generous natives that were here when the first white people arrived.

If you believe the Grahams and their ilk, the kidnapping, enslavement, torture, murder, mutilation and rape of Afrikan males and females of all ages over a period of 300 years was not enough to get their god upset. The thousands of lynchings of innocent Black people does not ruffle the feathers of the Graham’s god.
So, again, where are the born again evangelical churches in this issue? In any racial issue in the US? In the police shootings of unarmed black men? Wouldn't a Christian church protest? Yup.
 
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Why can't you just focus on the help the Muslims provided?
I did. The Muslims are attacked by the right wingers for EVERYTHING, especially the AMERICAN muslims. I can attack them for not recognizing this and stating that their churches have failed to demonstrate a Christian outpouring to these churches. this is their argument in their face. Do you have ANY idea how many anti-Muslim threads are started?
 
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Do you have ANY idea how many anti-Muslim threads are started?
very few. actually, i cannot think of a single anti-muslim thread ever being on this forum. there are lots of anti- islam threads sure, lots of criticism of the repulsive nature of the quran and islamic doctrine, and the evil animal that was muhammad, but criticism of muslims doesnt really happen.

most muslims are decent people who are happy to help out their community and do the right thing, like those you talk about in the OP. of course, thats not what islamic doctrine instructs them to do, but most muslims arent following islamic doctrine, most of them dont have a clue about it.

under sharia law for example, its ILLEGAL to repair damage done to a house of worship that isnt a mosque. so these muslims are breaking their own religious law.
 
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very few. actually, i cannot think of a single anti-muslim thread ever being on this forum. there are lots of anti- islam threads sure, lots of criticism of the repulsive nature of the quran and islamic doctrine, and the evil animal that was muhammad, but criticism of muslims doesnt really happen.

most muslims are decent people who are happy to help out their community and do the right thing, like those you talk about in the OP. of course, thats not what islamic doctrine instructs them to do, but most muslims arent following islamic doctrine, most of them dont have a clue about it.

under sharia law for example, its ILLEGAL to repair damage done to a house of worship that isnt a mosque. so these muslims are breaking their own religious law.

No, these Muslims are not the radical fundamentalists. they practice Islam like the Christians in this nation practice Christianity and not the radical Christian Reconstruction born again evangelical fundamentalist. So, they are not disobeying any of their laws. And Islamic doctrine teaches love and compassion much like Christianity; it has its fundamentalists, as well as do Christianity, who like to take and twist and turn to the most heinous quotes in bibles written thousands of years ago and use it for evil.
 
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