- On February 8, 2016, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)announced the launching of a National Catholic – Muslim Dialogue.
- Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich, the liberal ninth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was named the Catholic Co-Chair, although his qualifications to lead such an endeavor were not described.
One of the dialoguing partners with the Catholic Church is the Islamic Society of North America. Based in Plainfield, Indiana, it is a Muslim umbrella group, described in the media as the largest Muslim organization in North America, and its annual national convention is generally regarded as the largest yearly gathering of American Muslims. Rather ominous is the fact that it is also an important front organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.
What’s wrong with that? Well, nothing if you know, but don’t care or don’t take seriously that the Muslim Brotherhood has declared the United States an enemy state.
This Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed in Egypt and several other countries, has published its mission in North America as “a process of settlement, a Civilization-jihadist process of conquest from within, without firing a shot.” Here’s a direct quote of its mission:
“The Ikhwan (the brothers belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood), must understand that their work in America [a dar al Harb – house of war country] is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except by those who choose to slack. . . . ”
Given this mission statement and the incredible amount of public information available about the religion of Islam, and about Muslim organizations in the United States, including the List of Unindicted Co-conspirators put together as a result of the litigation that took place a few years ago in the United States District Court for The District of Texas – Dallas Division, it would seem to be naïve and possibly even self-destructive to believe that we in the West and especially in the United States – we Christians – can dialogue with the followers of Islam. The fantastic difference in worldview is, by itself, a reason why this will not work. Indeed, every day in Muslim countries – the dar al Islam nations – the competitive cry of the Dhuhr, the second Muslim prayer of the day can be heard: “Allahu Akbar! Our God is greatest.”
For several years, Catholics and other Christians have been told that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam; that Islam is a religion of peace. “To state otherwise you will be maligned as bigoted, Islamophobic, or prejudiced,” says Timothy D. Lusch, in his excellent April 2017 article, The U.S. Bishops’ Catholic-Muslim Dialogue. “Our collective witness of Muslim-perpetrated beheadings, bombings, mass shootings, vehicular assaults of crowds of bystanders, gang rapes, infibulation of young girls, burning alive of captives, and slaying of Catholic priests at Mass is explained away as an enigmatic nexus of mental illness and the ever-popular yet undefinable ‘violent extremism.’ One expects to hear this sort of thing from a religiously ignorant news media. But, as practicing Catholics, to hear it from our church hierarchy is disconcerting. One expects more from a highly educated clerical class.”
So we come to more recent times here in Cheyenne, where a group of local Catholics and Muslims spent eight weeks recently in an interfaith dialogue that produced “a greater understanding of similarities between the two faiths, (sic)” stated one of the facilitators, during which, he said they talked candidly about “the fear that too often blocked understanding.”
And they claimed that the more they learned the more similarities they saw in their texts and practices. But not mentioned, and probably left undiscussed, probably because this, if discussed, would produce a fear of the truth that would end the dialogue) was the fact that Islamic scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, UNLESS the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences” or “gain the upper-hand over an enemy.” And that there are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best known being TAQIYYA. These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause of Islam – in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.
In view of this, did these Catholic facilitators consider this aspect of Islamic relations and its possibly destructive effect upon dialogue between Islam and Christian religions?
is it really true that “both religions share the same values of life, justice and caring for fellow human beings, especially those less fortunate, when Christians, Kurds, and others considered ‘infidels’ and ‘unbelievers’ in Muslim lands are offered three choices: convert to Islam, pay a tax to live there until they are told they can no longer live there, or die?
If not true and if TAQIYYA was not considered, it would be absolutely amazing that any Christians, but especially our Christian leaders, if informed, would advocate acceptance of anything said by Muslims.