Hundreds Rally as Duke Muslims Broadcast ‘Allah is Great’ Chant from Chapel Steps

DukeDURHAM, N.C. — Hundreds of non-Muslims, including professing Christians, rallied outside of the Duke chapel on Friday as an estimated 100 Islamic students gathered for the call to prayer, which was broadcast from the university’s chapel steps.

As previously reported, the school had outlined in its student paper earlier this week that the “moderately amplified” chant would take place beginning Friday from the chapel bell tower.

“Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16,” Duke Today reported. “The chant, called the ‘adhan,’ announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement each Friday at 1 p.m.”

The adhan declares, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of being worshiped except Allah. … I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. … Allah is most great.”

But as the call to prayer made headlines nationwide, some expressed concern over the accommodation in light of the violence that thousands of Muslims are committing worldwide in the name of Allah. Franklin Graham urged sponsors to withhold their funding until Duke ends the practice.

“As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

Duke University was also flooded with calls and emails from those nationwide that opposed the accommodation. On Thursday, the university announced that it had changed its plans.

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“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, wrote in a statement. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.”

Instead of having the Muslim call to prayer broadcast from the chapel bell tower, Duke University said that Islamic students would instead gather outside of the chapel to chant their call to prayer before moving inside to continue their meeting. On Friday, approximately 100 Muslim students attended the call to prayer, which was broadcast from the chapel steps via a small speaker.

According to reports, another 300 students gathered in support of the Islamic call to prayer, including students who professed to be Christians.

“In an impromptu prelude Friday, singer Richard Phillips, a Duke sophomore and a Christian, joined cellist Matthew Bunyi, a grad student and a Muslim, in a heartfelt performance of Ben E. King’s soul classic ‘Stand By Me,'” the News & Observer reported. “Members of the crowd, some holding signs that announced their support for the Muslim students, clapped and sang along.”

“Christians are called to be people of peace,” Sarah Martindell, a third-year-graduate student who held a sign that read “Duke Divinity Supports You,” told the Religion News Service. “This demonstrates our solidarity with our Muslim neighbors.”

Duke University, which was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the 1800’s and carries the motto “Knowledge and Faith,” notes that it hired its first full-time Muslim chaplain in 2009 and also launched its Center for Muslim Life that same year. It says that there are more than 700 students at the Bible Belt university that identify as Muslim.

“I think John Wesley would be turning over in his grave,” one minister told Todd Starnes of Fox News. “This is certainly not the Methodism of John Wesley—a faith that was firmly founded on the Bible.”


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  • Gary

    Islam is incompatible with every other religion, and will allow non-muslims no religious freedom. Those non-muslims who support Islam are encouraging their own executioners.

    • Conservative seer

      Thats true, there is m nothing peaceful about Islam, infact the only peace u get from Islam is when someone is decapitated

    • chip

      Yes they are…..just like sheep to the slaughter….Islam is a cancer that needs to be killed….not embraced, or even to have in the same country…….The reason there is factions fighting, someone wants to control it…and with Islam you have to fight the devil for control…

    • divmstr95

      The reason that Islam is incompatible is that it is not just a religion. It is a religion plus an accompanying social system that encompasses every aspect of one’s life. Islam is incompatible as long as it is not making the rules.

      That said, there are examples of Muslim countries that are tolerant of others. Indonesia, the most populous, is a good example. Yes, you will find some instances of intolerance but by and large other religions are tolerated. I’ll give you one example – their national airline is named Garuda Air, after Garuda, the steed of Vishnu from Hinduism. This is in deference to their cultural past.

  • Darla Goza Owens

    YES, Christians are called to love and live at peace if possible with all. BUT, we are also called to STAND FIRM and be the light.

    This chapel was funded by donations for it to be a CHRISTIAN chapel. Muslims would not allow Christians to prayer and sing of Jesus Christ in their mosque. We as Christians deserve the same respect. They have their place of worship and that is fine BUT we have ours too.

    • RDH1988

      You are SO right! If there was a mosque on campus Christians wouldn’t be allowed NEAR it…Do you see ANY “muslim” country that allows a Christian church or Jewish Synagogue to be built or worshiped at? No…Are NON-muslims even allowed to live there? No. And they complain that WE discriminate…they are supernaturally and spiritually blinded to truth and decency…

  • Frank

    Those professing Christians are insulting Jesus and defiantly walking away from Him. It does not bode well for them come judgement day unless they repent. Without holiness no one will see God.

    • RDH1988

      not to mention they haven’t got a clue what the Word says and what Christianity is really about…

  • jr61020

    Thes people who attended and call themselves Christians are beyond luke warm believers. Does water mix with oil. You can not have it both ways. Either you sand up for what you believe or you sand for nothing

    • Anon

      Food for thought though… What if they were standing up for their religious freedom, which protects their own rights as Christians… and not necessarily supporting Islam?

      • jr61020

        Oh goody, a what if question !! But truth is they were not standing up for their own religious freedom. They were there supporting Muslims and their desire to have Islamic prayers broadcast through a loud speaker. Does Duke broad cast Christian prayers…say, the Lords Prayer or any other religious prayers? Do they broad cast Christian music at their bell tower? People are so hung up on being PC and tolerant of Muslims more than any other “religious” affilation that it’s ridiculous. Especially since their Quran says all infidel’s need to be killed who profane Islam or Mohammend.

      • keats5

        Go back to the article to see what the adhan (Muslim call to prayer) actually says. I won’t type it here for obvious reasons. Do you think broadcasting that message through a tower paid for by donors desiring to honor a Biblical God somehow promotes freedom of religion? What about the religious rights of the donors or the non-Muslims who cannot move out of earshot, “change the station” or do anything to turn off the noise?

  • Linda

    Play worship music to God the only God. Play the blood of Jesus and send those devils running in Jesus name. Stand your ground. If a so called Christian wanted Allah= Satan to be shouted know you are not a Christian and you are not saved.

    • RDH1988

      Great idea…someone needs to bring a boom-box with the preaching of Franklin Graham or Greg Laurie or such…and the music of Toby Mac or Phil Wickham and play it during the muslim call to prayer…lets see who is really the ones who discriminate!

  • Ryan

    Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews. According to this verse, they are to be violently subjugated, with the sole justification being their religious status. This was one of the final “revelations” from Allah and it set in motion the tenacious military expansion, in which Muhammad’s companions managed to conquer two-thirds of the Christian world in the next 100 years. Islam is intended to dominate all other people and faiths.

    Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”

    • lawngren

      And from a Christian’s point of view, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” (2nd Corinthians 6:14-15)

  • redlady763

    ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION, PEOPLE! It is a totalitarian, seditious political system masquerading as a religion, whose ultimate goal is to enforce Sharia Law and Islam wordwide. The adhan declares that there is no god but allah, meaning, it denounces Christ altogether, stating, “God forbid God should have a Son!” To believe in Jesus Christ is called “shirk” in Islam; an UNFORGIVABLE sin. These Islamic sycophants at Duke are spitting in the face of our Judeo-Christian heritage, because, again, ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION, and should not be protected under our Constitution. It is this kind of glaring ignorance and stupidity that will enable Islam to eventually take over our country as well.

  • Mary Taylor

    We are not to be unequally yoked.

  • christy Balami

    Why is it that only christians stand with the muslims and muslims never stand with the christians?will muslims allow christian worship in their mosque?or have you ever heard any where muslims accommodated christians to worship in their mosque?To muslims is an abomination to allow that,ask them they will tell you.CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STEP ON THE SOIL OF MECCA OR MEDINA TALK MORE ALLOWING THEM INTO THE MOSQUE.ANY CHRISTIAN WHO DEFY THE LAW WILL BE BEHEADED.BESIDES OUR MOOD OF WORSHIP ARE NOT SAME,OUR RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ARE NOT NEAR IN SEMBLANCE.HOW THEN CAN PEOPLE WHOS RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ARE MOON AND STAR GO INTO A PLACE WHERE CROSS IS DISPLAYED?THE MUSLIMS DONT BELIEVE JESUS DIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD,WHY ARE WE GIVING OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP TO ANOTHER RELIGION?MUSLIMS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO WORSHIP IN THEIR MOSQUE WHILE CHRISTIANS IN THEIR CHURCHES.JESUS EVEN SAID ”GIVE TO CEASER WHAT BELONG TO CEASER AND TO GOD WHAT BELONG TO GOD.

  • christy Balami

    Why is it that only Christians stand with the Muslims and Muslims never stand with the Christians?will Muslims allow christian worship in their mosque?or have you ever heard any where Muslims accommodated Christians to worship in their mosque?To Muslims is an abomination to allow that,ask them they will tell you.CHRISTIANS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO STEP ON THE SOIL OF MECCA OR MEDINA TALK MORE ALLOWING THEM INTO THE MOSQUE.ANY CHRISTIAN WHO DEFY THE LAW WILL BE BEHEADED.BESIDES OUR MOOD OF WORSHIP ARE NOT SAME,OUR RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ARE NOT NEAR IN SEMBLANCE.HOW THEN CAN PEOPLE WHOSE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ARE MOON AND STAR GO INTO A PLACE WHERE CROSS IS DISPLAYED?THE MUSLIMS DONT BELIEVE JESUS DIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD,WHY ARE WE GIVING OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP TO ANOTHER RELIGION?MUSLIMS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO WORSHIP IN THEIR MOSQUE WHILE CHRISTIANS IN THEIR CHURCHES.JESUS EVEN SAID ”GIVE TO CEASER WHAT BELONG TO CEASER AND TO GOD WHAT BELONG TO GOD.

    • John

      Christians are in this world, but be not of this world.

  • heather

    Amen

  • Deedee Keith

    AND THEY WILL DIE IN THIER SINS.

  • gregkliebigsr

    THE FALSE allah, EXPOSED!!

    OK, THERE ARE THOSE , WHO WOULD SAY THAT allah , IS JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR THE ONE GOD AND CREATOR OF THIS WHOLE UNIVERSE !

    THAT IS WHAT IS BEING SAID; RIGHT?

    YAHWEH , YESHUA ( JESUS THE CHRIST) AND THE HOLY SPIRIT MADE AND CREATED ALL THAT IS SEEN AND UNSEEN!

    ONLY A COMPLETE FOOL WOULD ARGUE THAT FACT ; RIGHT? RIGHT !.

    NOW, WHY DOES THE MUSLIM RELIGION NOT INCLUDE THE LIFE, THE DEATH , THE BURIAL AND THE RESSURECTION OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF YAHWEH !?!?

    JOHN 3: 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;

    but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    JOHN 3: 14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

    15. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Matthew 22: 36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

    37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

    38. This is the first and great commandment.

    39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

    SO NOW, WHY DOESN’T ANYBODY IN THE ISLAM RELIGION TEACH WHAT GOD’S (YAHWEH’S) SON YESHUA (JESUS THE CHRIST) TEACHES? IF, THEY ARE THE SAME? ?

    John 14: 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    WELL, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME! YESHUA IS GOD!!

    THE OFFSPRING OF satan, IS,allah !!

    OK, ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE QURAN? IF YOU ARE, THEN PLEASE READ IN THE BOOK OF SUR; CHAPTERS 47 AND 53 . THEN AFTER YOU HAVE READ THAT, THEN TELL ME WHICH GOD YOU WANT TO FOLLOW AND TRUST FOR YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION!

    ISLAM IS A RELIGION BASED ON HATRED: HATRED IS OF THE DEVIL SATAN; SO THEREFORE ISLAM AND ALL FOLLOWERS IN THE ISLAM RELIGION ARE FOLLOWING SATAN ; THEIR DEEDS ARE FULL OF HATRED , EVIL AND MURDER !! allah IS A DEMON SENT FROM SATAN TO DESTROY ALL FOLLOWERS OF muhammad THE FALSE PROPHET !!

  • gregkliebigsr

    OK, ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE QURAN(“KORAN”)?

    IF YOU ARE, THEN PLEASE READ IN THE BOOK OF SUR; CHAPTERS 47 AND 53 . THEN AFTER YOU HAVE READ THAT, THEN TELL ME WHICH GOD YOU WANT TO FOLLOW AND TRUST FOR YOUR ETERNAL SALVATION!

     

    ISLAM IS A RELIGION BASED ON HATRED: HATRED IS OF THE DEVIL SATAN; SO THEREFORE ISLAM AND ALL FOLLOWERS IN THE ISLAM RELIGION ARE FOLLOWING SATAN ; THEIR DEEDS ARE FULL OF HATRED , EVIL AND MURDER !! allah IS A DEMON SENT FROM SATAN TO DESTROY HUMANITY!!

  • Ryan

    Al-Bukhari [compiler of the most canonical hadith collection] recorded that Abu Ad-Darda [a companion and pupil of Muhammad] said, “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, “The Tuqyah [or taqqiyah, deception on behalf of Islam] is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.”

  • Mabel Jacome

    Not just because I “claim” to be a model means that I look like one. You may claim to be a Christian, but by being in a muslim call to prayer “supporting” religious tolerance…

    proves you ain’t.

    The “religion” of COEXIST… is so NOT of the God of the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

    Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

    Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

  • http://www.webdominatorseo.com John

    READ http://thereligionofpeace.com to learn the HORRID truth about ISLAM

  • http://www.webdominatorseo.com John
  • http://www.webdominatorseo.com John

    PLEASE READ http://thereligionofpeace.com to learn the HORRID truth about ISLAM

  • thoughtsfromflorida

    It seems clear that the students are more “Christian” than Graham.

    • lawngren

      The students are clearly more stupid than Franklin Graham. Actually, the students are more stupid than the average rock.

      • thoughtsfromflorida

        I don’t think it’s reasonable to say that Franklin Graham is stupid, but you are certainly entitled to your opinion that he is.

    • Michael Dzieminski

      Please read and study your Bible and it will become clear you fell for a lie.

      • thoughtsfromflorida

        I have. My opinion remains unchanged.

  • Josh

    Oh no, the Muslims wanted to pray to the Abrahamic god. Of course there should be no special rights granted, to either Christians, Muslims or any other faith, but the right to gather and pray should be protected for all.

    • lawngren

      I hope that comment is sarcasm. No, muslims do not pray to the Abrahamic God. The characters of allah and Jehovah are radically different, and you would have to be nearly brain-dead not to know that.

      “…The right to gather and pray should be protected for all.” Right, like it is in muslim-dominated countries? Where as I type this Christian churches are being destroyed and Christian men, women, and children are being horribly murdered, tortured, raped, and sold into sexual slavery?

      • Josh

        All you have to do is look into the Abrahamic religions a little to see that Islam is one of them. Allah is also just the Arabic word for god, used also by Arab Christians. And we’re not in a Muslim dominated country in case you haven’t noticed, but a country that values freedom of religion. I don’t respect Islam the same way I don’t respect any other religions, but I respect anyone’s right to peacefully practice their religion in this country.

        • lawngren

          There is no peaceful practice of islam. In any country islam establishes
          a presence in, jihad is waged on all levels until they are thrown out
          or they conquer. This successful institution of muslim prayer at Duke is a clear victory for muslims. They won a battle, and they are likely to win their war against Western Civilization unless many more pious, self-righteous Westerners like yourself face reality.

          Islam declared war on the whole world hundreds
          of years ago, and the consistent pattern of attempting to dominate and
          annihilate every other system has persisted all those centuries.

          All you have to do is examine the character of allah and Jehovah to know for certain that they have nothing to do with each other except that Abraham was the father of Ishmael. The two religions are religions. That’s where the similarity ends.

          We are in a country that is in the process of becoming dominated by islam, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s happening in the same way it has happened in Europe – creeping islam. The goal of every faithful muslim is to do his or her part in helping islam to annihilate all other forms of government but sharia and all other religions except islam. In case you hadn’t noticed.

          There is no freedom to engage in war against America within its own borders.

          • Josh

            At roughly 1% of the population being Muslim and 78% being Christian, dominated by Islam doesn’t come to mind.

          • lawngren

            You would normally be correct, but muslims have discovered that we have become an unusually wussy society. And they now have one of their own in the Shiite House. I mean the White House. (Remember “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of islam”?)

            According to a document alleging the source to be the “the CIA World Factbook 3007”, muslims normally are not aggressive until they reach at least 3% of the population.

            I attempted to verify this, but so far have been unable to pull up the 2007 CIA Worl Factbook. I found the current version at http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.com/2010/08/muslims-become-more-aggressive-as-their.html , but when I attempted to find such a statement, the search response was “That search is temporarily unavailable.”

            That was when I noticed the line of Arabic script at the top right corner of the page.

        • Michael Dzieminski

          Since when do we value a “religion” that murders other people of faith just because they refuse to renounce Jesus Christ? And allah is not the god of the Bible, you need to do some extended research on religious beliefs before you throw that one out there. And in case you have not noticed moslems are beginning to come to the U.S. in droves and having between 4 to 6 children which means in just a few short years guess who the majoritiy will be? And as you sit in your rocking chair and your grandchild asks you about what happened. You will be scratching your head saying I should have listened.I do not respect those who respect those who would lie to our face and kill us.

          • Josh

            You’ll notice I never said anything about valuing Islam, but the freedom to peacefully practice your religion here.

  • Death defeater

    Some of them are supposed professed Christians. Not in my book. In fact, they are not Christians likely at all just a bunch of heathens. only a heathen would promote a pagan false satanic religion like islam.

  • http://www.blastthetrumpet.org Michael Swenson

    boneheads! https://www.facebook.com/notes/michael-swenson/islam-provably-satanic/747974835281478 inviting mass murdering baby rapers to do their damnest against you is SUICIDAL INSANITY! islam is pure evil! and when they dominate off with your heads you fools!

  • Reason2012

    Jesus made it quite clear we are to honor Him in the same way we honor God.

    John 5:23
    “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

    To call yourself a Christian and help promote people exalting someone higher than God should give one pause.

  • Michael Dzieminski

    These professing Christians need to get into their Bibles and stop supporting a false god ( allah the moon god) and start trying to win moslems to Christ. This nonsense of supporting moslem beliefs when they are killing Christians by the thousands shows the power of demonic forces holding sway over those who profess Christ in name only but in action go totally against Bible truths. Ask these moslems to stand up for Christians who are tortured and die and watch what happens!

  • Cooley Reese

    True Christians don’t embrace or support those who deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God! The so-called Christians at Duke U. had better examine themselves to show themselves approved by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! May God have mercy upon these so-called Christians and these Muslims!

  • GibbyD

    THERE IS NO GOD BUT JEHOVAH AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS JEHOVAH INCARNATE . THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS GOD INCARNATE . THE LORD JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS AND AROSE FROM THE DEAD ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES . THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FULFILLS OVER 333 PROPHECIES . MUHAMMAD IS DEAD AND UNLESS HE REPENTED TOWARD GOD AND PLACED HIS FAITH AND TRUST TOWARD THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BECAME BORN AGAIN BEFORE HE DIED , HE WOULD OTHERWISE THEN BE DEAD AND IN HELL . ( ACTS 20:21; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17; EPHESIANS 2:8,9; ACTS 16:31)kjb.

  • RDH1988

    I bet if the Christians gathered for prayer on the steps of the CHRISTIAN chapel steps they would be booed down…a sign of the times people…look up for your redemption draws nigh!

  • Doug Lewis

    Duke has brought shame on the entire Christian world. They have defiled the holy places of God’s sanctuary. I will never set foot inside this chapel again because they allowed a butchering religion to blasepheme. If the Muslims want a place to worship they should build their own mosque somewhere near the campus but not on Duke property. I declare Duke anathema!

  • James Aud

    Was their mascot attending this call to prayer. After all he (Devil) was being prayed to.

  • William Rogan

    sure lady , god is god . HOWEVER , history bears witness that muhammad was a wicked man. Murderer , thief , rapist , pedophile . So , if that’s who represents your so called GREAT religion .. NO WAY !!!!!

  • Dusty Koellhoffer

    Moslems say they want to live in peace, then say they want to impose Sharia on the world. Jihad is not radicalism, it is the heart and soul of Islam as taught by Mohammad. This article explains it perfectly.
    http://liberalsbackwardsthink.com/2015/01/15/christians-crushed-the-inquisition-moslems-endorse-the-jihad/

  • http://thebenevolentthou.com/ Max T. Furr

    It is quite clear that many Christians have no respect at all for the Constitution and the spirit and intent of the Establishment Clause. I suspect many of these same, protesting Christians claim to be “strict constitutionalists.”

    Episodes like this are the MAJOR reason religion will never be the path to world peace and why hatred and bloodshed will continue.

    Most religions, as well as the ancient sages, spoke of benevolent reciprocity: The Golden Rule (empathy). Christianity puts it like this: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31.

    Even many, if not most humanists advocate something similar: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    Yet, it is only organized religion that then builds wall of heavy, exclusive dogma that crushes the Golden Rule beneath.

    This is why I blog on posts such as this one. I advocate that all individuals should leave their divisive dogma behind and adopt only that single tenet, which is the same as universal empathy. It is the only tenet that can tear the walls walls that divide us and open the path to peace.

    After 9/11, I noted with dismay how the Christian community rose up against the “ground zero Mosque” (which it wasn’t) in opposition to it’s renovation/construction. My opinion was to show the Muslim world how loving we are by having them build their mosque on the WTC site. That would have been the “Christian” thing to do. Too, we should never have invaded Afghanistan (and especially Iraq).

    All we have done is to show them we can hate every bit as much as they.