In an article published on CAIR’s (Council of American Islamic Relations) website, January 21, 2016, National Executive Director Nihad Awad defends suspended Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins. Hawkins was placed on paid administrative leave from her position after posting the following on Facebook: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book, and as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” Wheaton College decided to suspend her after reading this statement, claiming they needed “more time to explore significant questions regarding the theological implications of her recent public statements, including but not limited to those indicating the relationship of Christianity to Islam.” Ms. Hawkins declined to participate in further sessions meant to explore Wheaton College’s questions, and her employment at the college could be terminated.
This private, Christian college has the right to hire and fire whoever it likes if they feel that an employee has violated the college’s Statement of Faith. I understand the nature of some of the questions Wheaton College might have for Ms. Hawkins. I would want to discuss exactly what she is trying to say when she says she “stands in religious solidarity with Muslims.” Islam explicitly denies the Trinity. It denies Jesus was the Son of God. It says the crucifixion never occurred. It denies the Resurrection of Jesus, and the idea that Jesus died so that sinners may be forgiven. It relegates Jesus to the status of just another prophet, and says that he was merely a man. Where are the grounds for Christians to stand in religious solidarity with Islam? If I was a Christian, I would, indeed, have some serious questions for Ms. Hawkins.
Mr. Awad discusses his belief that the Christian God and the Islamic God are the same. He quotes a line from the Quran meant to soothe us, meant to assuage our fear and unreasoning Islamophobia:
“(Rest assured that) those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians. . .whoever believes in God and the last day and performs good deeds – will be rewarded by their Lord. They will have nothing to fear or to regret.” (The Holy Quran, 2:62)
This verse is nothing but Taqiyya-mush. Mr. Awad neglects to tell us that this verse has been abrogated. Briefly, abrogation is an Islamic belief (backed up by Quran 2:106) that Quranic doctrine and practices revealed later, supersede earlier verses that might be contradictory. Therefore, this verse is rendered completely irrelevant by the much later 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.”
Mr. Awad implicitly takes the college to task when he says, “Throughout history, rigid – and inaccurate – theological positions on the nature of God and on the beliefs of other faiths resulted in conflict and lost opportunities for mutual understanding.” Who set him up as an authority to judge whether or not theological positions on the nature of God are inaccurate? He gives the usual vague condemnation of ISIS as “anti-Islamic” but offers no details. He throws in a blanket condemnation of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, smearing them as religious and political extremists. He then finishes his taqiyya-burst with this deliciously ironic gem: “It is up to the mainstream followers of all faiths to reject rigid and extremist ideologies and to come together to marginalize extremists of all stripes.”
Great, Mr. Mainstream Follower of Islam, Nihad Awad! I’m sure you are itching to do just that…reject rigid and extremist ideologies. I DARE you to do more than make vague promises. If CAIR really represents the mainstream followers of the one true religion, then CAIR should be able to come out with a statement explicitly condemning the brutal apostasy laws in Islamic countries. You should also condemn the sickening blasphemy laws that imprison, torture, and kill people just for the words out of their mouths. While you’re at it, you should specifically protest against the second class status for women that is a part of Sharia in many Islamic countries. Women and men have equal souls, Nihad, and should be equal in ALL facets of the law. CAIR should also protest against the laws that oppress homosexuals in Islamic countries. In our enlightened 21st Century, Nihad, there is no room for rigid and extremist ideologies like these. I think CAIR should come out against all these practices, in an effort to “marginalize extremists of all stripes.”
I’m sure you won’t have the guts to come out against any of these practices, Nihad Awad. No real god would want these things going on in its name. If Allah needs these things to happen, then he is no true God. CAIR needs to come out against these evil practices that were sanctioned by Mohammed. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for your condemnation of these practices of Islam, however. You’re only good at spewing taqiyya. You haven’t had much experience with the truth.