God surely cries out in vain to followers of Islam and Christianity: “You spew hatred in my name?”
Hateful behavior within religion should be as oil is to water. “Hate thy neighbor”? No.
Since 9/11, many have asked: “Why aren’t Muslims rising up to reject extremist ideologies that go against the faith?”
If the mosque-near-ground-zero project was seeded in the spirit of standing against destructive forces that would hijack Islam and with a heart toward modeling the best of Islam, then shame on those who jump to the worst conclusions in their eagerness to bring down President Obama, a potentially healing force.
When followers remind their peers and leaders of the common denominators of faith – essentially the Ten Commandments and their equivalents – refusing to support them when they deviate, this makes things right with God, whatever the religion.
I’ve watched, mystified and mortified, as so many churches that declare themselves “Christian” magnify the worst in human character, naked hatred, in front of God and everybody. They behave like heathens, in ironic parallel to what is happening within Islam.
If the purpose of the mosque is to bring healing, I have some advice for the Muslim visionaries: Take a marketing course and start from scratch.
And a bit of advice for Christians-gone-wild as well: Pray for your souls.