Saturday, March 17, 2001
Religious toleranceThe Rev. Jerry Falwell was criticized recently for saying that Islam teaches hate. Is it fair to say that Christianity teaches racism, sexism, slavery and polygamy? At various times and places groups claiming the Christian heritage have taught such things.
Three Christians will always have four opinions; seven or more if one of them is a Unitarian. Does Falwell think it is any different for Muslims?
There are people who teach hate, and some who don't. Some of those are Muslim and some are Christian. Yet our respective traditions, at their best, have struggled against the temptation to paint one another with that broad brush. Even St. Paul had trouble getting Jesus' teaching straight. He says love your enemies, all right; but because it pours hot coals on their heads.
Would someone please suggest to Jerry that he read an even inadequate translation of the Quran. He would find some wonderful teachings therein.
Rev. Mike Young
First Unitarian Church of Honolulu
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By Paul F. Minczer
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