Two Protestant churches – who see it as their Christian duty – are taking some heat from critics for opening their church buildings to Muslims needing places to worship because their own facilities were either too small, or under construction.
Heartsong Church in Cordova, Tenn., let members of the Memphis Islamic Center hold Ramadan prayers there last September. And Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., allows the Islamic Circle of North America to hold regular Friday prayers in their building while their new mosque is being built.
While some are in favor of this neighborly gesture, others disagree, saying it extends the hand of fellowship where it was never intended to go, among them is Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.
Huckabee recently spoke out about the Christian churches that have allowed Muslims to use their worship space issue and now a prominent Muslim civil rights group is asking him to apologize for his comments.
Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and is also considering a 2012 bid, said on “Fox and Friends” recently that he did not understand why churches would make that sort of decision.
“If the purpose of a church is to push forth the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then you have a Muslim group that says that Jesus Christ and all the people that follow him are a bunch of infidels who should be essentially obliterated, I guess I have a hard time understanding that,” said Huckabee, who has his own show on Fox News.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations called Huckabee’s comments divisive and proposed that he meet with Muslim leaders to discuss commonly misheld views about the religion.
“We urge Mr. Huckabee to do some research and to apologize for his inaccurate and offensive remarks,”Nihad Awad, the national executive director of CAIR, said in a statement.
The statement also pointed out that Jesus is discussed as a prophet in the Koran, along with Abraham, Moses and other figures.
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