Monday, June 4, 2018

It's Not the Anniversary Date That Bugs Me

Some people are upset that an Anglican Cathedral is holding a Ramadan service commemorating the ISIS London Bridge attack.  I am more upset that a church is so remote from Christianity that a Muslim service is ever appropriate.  I look forward to when a Muslim country allows the building of a church or synagogue.

1 comment:

Eric said...

<insert snarky comment whether the C of E is a Christian church here..

Ramadan in the cathedral is indeed a bad idea.

However there are Muslim countries that allow, even support Christian denominations. Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabist-oriented ones have gotten all the bad press in the past, but there are some others that are not at least overtly hostile.

I was stationed in the UAE for a summer back in 2002, and found he UAE not only has Christian churches, they even donated land to establish a Catholic church back in 1966, and they had a Mormon Stake there as well. The LDS recently opened a "Stake Center" to provide a place of worship for UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, on land donated by the UAE government. I believe there are other Christian denomination churches there as well.

I think official proselytizing is forbidden, but the UAE seems friendlier to Christians than, say, American universities.

All the little Arab countries in the Persian Gulf have long seen Iran as a big threat (Saudis #2 probably), and when 9/11 happened and we were winding up for the Iraq war, they were very cooperative about expanding existing US air bases and establishing new ones. I am sure they were looking down the road past the Iraq war and to the future conflicts with Iran, and wanted US support in the future.