This year they staged a reprise of the event, and the Christian community of Binghamton responded with open arms to ol’ Mo’s birthday celebration. According to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Reaching Out to Christians: Muslims March for Reconciliation
Hundreds rally in Binghamton
BINGHAMTON — Muslims from the Southern Tier and other communities as far away as Michigan and South Carolina gathered in Binghamton on Sunday to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and publicly urge reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.
“In many places Muslims and Christians are in conflict. This is senseless because it leads to a tremendous loss of life and suffering,” said M. Hasib Haqq, public relations spokesman for the new United Muslim-Christian Forum, which organized Sunday’s program.
Have you noticed that Muslims only talk this way when they are outnumbered by at least thirty to one?
Compare Mr. Haqq’s rhetoric with the routine utterances of imams in, say, Antwerp or Finsbury Park.
The best way to overcome the conflict is to emphasize the commonalities between the two religions — namely belief in God, practice of The Ten Commandments and emphasis on “the golden rule” of “doing unto others as they would do unto you,” he said.
More than 500 people, including a small number of non-Muslims, filled West Presbyterian Church on Main Street for a series of speeches, followed by a march on Main and Court streets to the Broome County Courthouse lawn.
The local Christians are urging — big surprise — “dialogue”, the all-purpose soothing unguent of the liberal mind, Obama’s Universal Balm of Salvation:
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West Presbyterian’s board approved use of the church to “foster inter- religious dialogue, understanding and tolerance,” said the Rev. Andrew Stehlik, pastor, who spoke during the program. Other speakers included Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan; the Rev. Tim Taugher of St. Catherine’s Church in Hillcrest; and Khalifah Muhammad Hussein Adams, chairman of the Muslims of the Americas.
The Muslims of the Americas sponsored a similar event in Binghamton a year ago, and many in attendance Sunday came from their communities in the United States, including a compound in Hancock [Islamberg, the North American headquarters of Jamaat ul-Fuqra].
For new arrivals, here’s some background on the case: the Muslims of America acknowledge Sheikh Gilani as their spiritual leader and moral authority. This is the same Sheikh Gilani who insists that Islam must be purified by violence. He’s the lovable guy who made a terrorist training video in which he fired automatic weapons, supervised instruction in hijacking and explosives, called his followers “Soldiers of Allah”, and cautioned them to keep his videotaped instructions secret.
The Muslims of America are a front for Jamaat ul-Fuqra, an international terrorist organization headquartered in Pakistan.
And this is the group that makes the good Christian burghers of Binghamton all weak and gooey and filled with universal love.
Fair warning — some of this stuff is more effective than ipecac:
“We’re all just people,” said Gloria Westgate, 72, a member of West Presbyterian Church who called the event “wonderful.”
Adams said he hopes Sunday’s rally “clarifies and sends out the truth about us.” He urged the audience to reject extremists who have no respect for, or appreciation of, human life.
“We can stop the clash of civilizations,” he said, “by just holding hands.”
Ohhhh-kay. Yup. That’ll do it.
If only we’d thought of that before! Then there would have been no 9-11, no 7-7, no Mumbai attacks, no Madrid bombings, no Bali bombing, no this bombing, that bombing, and the other bombing. Nothing but peace, love, ’n’ joy as far as the eye can see.
Just by holding hands. Pure genius.
Mr. Adams is doing an effective job for his faith with such masterful taqiyyah. I can’t fault him for that; that’s just what Muslims do.
But what about all these gullible Christians?
Honestly, how can we possibly stand a chance against the Great Jihad with raving loonies like this in charge of the spiritual institutions of our common civic culture?
I can’t top the response of one of the commenters to this news article, so I’ll let him have the last word:
I must remind the venerable Khalifah Muhammad Hussein Adams (who, by the way, has taken up the Arabic names of those who enslaved his African ancestors continuously from the 6th Century A.D. to 1960 A.D.) that “reconciliation” is a two-way street.
I hereby request that the good Khalifah officially solicit the Saudi Arabian government, the spiritual center of Islam, to permit the establishment of Christian and Jewish churches, synagogues and religious schools in that country. This would only be fair, since we have thousands of mosques in the USA and well as Muslim private religious schools.
Moreover, I ask that he solicit the Saudis to remove that sign on the major highway to Mecca: “This highway for Muslims only.” Ditto: Sudan, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Yemen, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, West Bank of “Palestine” etc. I ask that the honorable Khalifah send me CC’s of these solicitations, and a CCC to the Binghamton Press.
I shall now hold my breath.
Hat tip: C5.