Posted by: hamede | September 14, 2010

Talk About Loving Your Neighbor Well

By kinziblogs

By Thameen Kheetan

AMMAN – A group of young Muslims on Monday offered flowers to Christian clergymen in Amman as a gesture of “peace and coexistence” against the backdrop of a Florida pastor’s recent threat to burn copies of the Koran.

“Shall we burn a copy of the Bible as a response to that? No, this is not what should be done,” Zeid Oweidi told reporters at the Greek Orthodox Church in Abdali yesterday.

Following Al Asr (afternoon) prayers at the King Abdullah I Mosque, Oweidi and a group of 10 people walked to the nearby church, where they greeted the clergymen and other congregation members with bouquets of flowers.

The gesture sought to reaffirm the state of interfaith coexistence in Jordan, he said, adding that Pastor Terry Jones’ plans to burn 20 copies of Islam’s holy book will not affect the “strong” relations between followers of the two religions in the Kingdom, where Christians constitute around 5 per cent of the population.

Oweidi said some Muslim clerics opposed his initiative, but he insisted on going through with it, because “we believe in the positive effect and the peaceful message behind what we are doing”.

Several churches in the country have issued statements over the past week condemning plans by Jones, head of the Florida-based Dove World Outreach Centre, to burn copies of the Koran on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US.

How cool it that?

BTW, our Jordanian church is a part of the group who took out an ad in the paper last week to condemn the acts of the Florida pastor.  I have approached our denomination to take a stand against dishonor killings, and support the work of La Sharraf Bil Jareemah. Our denomination has had only one honor killing in it’s 80 years in Jordan, but they feel even one is one too many.

When negative minority voices are loud, positive voices must roar




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