Jewish Journal


July 6, 2009

Rick Warren speaks to Islamic Society of North America



It seems Rick Warren has officially joined the Abrahamic speaking circuit.

A few years ago he showed up at Sinai Temple in Westwood and shared the secrets of evangelism, without mentioning Jesus. Then in December he spoke at the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Long Beach. And now this past weekend Warren popped up in Washington at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America.

Warren was joined by Rabbi Burton Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The gist of Warren’s speech was that, as the two largest religions in the world, Muslims and Christians need to work together to pursue peace and justice.

The money quote comes from Ann Zahra at the end of the AP story:

“The basics are the same,” said Zahra, of McLean, Va. “No religion teaches cruelty or disrespect or hatred.”

Wow. Talk about an assimilated Muslim.

While I’d say the basics are the same of the foundation—the Abrahamic foundation—of Christian and Islam and Judaism, the stories dramatically differ from there.

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