07 June 2008

Alum Rock

Here is a very interesting post on the subject of Christian/Muslim relations at Alum Rock by Richard Sudworth. Hat tip to Richard Hall at Connexions.

Richard Sudworth gives us some vital local information. His church stands across the street from the mosque in Alum Rock. He says:
Let me fill you on on some extra information:
1. the local Anglican church had a Good Friday walk of witness this Easter, singing choruses and handing out leaflets explaining the Christian faith. The local majority Muslim community welcomed this event and the police were informed and had a minimal presence as part of the gathering
2. every year, the local Roman Catholic convent and church parade a statue of the Virgin Mary, handing out flowers and rosaries as prayers. This is an annual part of local diversity expressed and hundreds of Muslims stand out on the streets to welcome the parade.
What we have here is some additional local information about the every-day context of real Christians and real Muslims living together in their own community. This sort of information is vital before Christians start repeating stories about the existence of 'no go areas' for Christians. 

In fact, I would assert that it is most certainly a violation of the commandment to not bear false witness to start making such accusations before having all the facts. As Christians, we are duty-bound to defend the truth. We may have theological differences with Muslims but those theological differences do not permit us to jump on the bandwagon of scapegoatting.  


Doorman-Priest said...

"I would assert that it is most certainly a violation of the commandment to not bear false witness." That is a fabulous way of putting it.

PamBG said...

Luther's Small Catechism, Eighth (Lutheran) Commandment:

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbour, but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

I think this explanation is very clarifying and that it's a pretty damning mirror when modern media practices are held up to it.