Saturday, April 07, 2007

Texas Senate Prayer Excludes Christians

We read:

"A controversial Texas imam who at one point participated in a "tribute to the great Islamic visionary" Ayatollah Khomeini, has offered a prayer to open the state Senate that excluded both Christians and Jews.

"Oh, Allah, guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom you have favored, not of those who have earned your wrath or of those who have lost the way," prayed Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque.

Islam, of course, teaches that Jews and Christians both have earned the wrath of Allah by failing to follow Islam, and also have lost the way by following the teachings of the Torah for the Jews or the Bible for Christians.

"I do believe we should respond to this event to make sure that our governing officials and the citizens of the State of Texas understand the Christian position. Appreciation of diversity in people is not tantamount to acceptance of their gods," said Pastor Ross Cullins...


A group prayer is supposed to be ON BEHALF of those present. So the Texas Senators are all believers in Allah? The Imam is entitled to his beliefs and to practice them in his mosque but to impose them on Christians is another matter. One hopes that the Texas Senate will think more deeply about any future such invitations.