Local mosque hosts community Q&As, promotes open-door policy

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  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    Dec. 8, 2016 3:00 p.m.

    When learning about another religion, if you look for those things that are "Virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy," you will probably find them.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 8, 2016 4:20 a.m.

    I'm a live and let live kind of guy. Sidewalks are not a one way path.

  • rubbergoose bountiful davis, UT
    Dec. 7, 2016 5:09 p.m.

    This is a good thing and certainly is flowing the way of Jesus teachings. Intellectually I am wary of all but very limited immigration of Muslims into the US, but I extend the hand of friendship to all Muslims that I meet.

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    Dec. 7, 2016 2:59 p.m.

    @jlindow "What religious text prescribes the death penalty for being gay, a fortune teller, a witch, an infidel, disrespecting your parents, adultery, or picking up sticks on the wrong day?

    The Bible, of course."

    The Bible is actually a collection of books. Some are historical. Some contain doctrine to be followed. Some are written for a specific audience. Which book(s) are you talking about? Are they in the Old or New Testament? Do these books contain doctrine that Christians are supposed to follow?

    The Koran and the Bible are as different as the people who follow them.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Dec. 7, 2016 2:14 p.m.

    @Jlindow – “A curious atheist wants to know.”

    As a fellow atheist, your points would be relevant if we were living in Europe 500 years ago when a significant segment of the Christian population was being animated by those parts of the OT.

    Today, virtually no Christian takes those parts seriously (i.e., acts on them) because they have been sufficiently modernized and secularized by the Enlightenment and (in America) our founding principles.

    This is clearly not the case in much of the Muslim world.

    That said I categorically reject Patriot’s Orwellian and completely un-American approach. Instead we need dialogue and the ability to ask (and have answered) critical questions in a respectful manner.

    “No ideas (including religious) are above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity.”

  • JLindow St George, UT
    Dec. 7, 2016 1:08 p.m.

    What religious text prescribes the death penalty for being gay, a fortune teller, a witch, an infidel, disrespecting your parents, adultery, or picking up sticks on the wrong day?

    The Bible, of course.

    How would you feel being lumped in the same category as Westboro Baptist Church and Robert Lewis Dear Jr?

    Would you support the government placing spies in Christian churches because some people who claim to be Christian call for or commit acts of violence?

    Would you feel free to worship if you thought mentioning parts of the Old Testament out loud could get you on a no-fly list?

    A curious atheist wants to know.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Dec. 7, 2016 11:03 a.m.

    This is a terrific event and goes a long way towards building communities based upon shared values. And I appreciate the Imam’s openness to sincere questions and his willingness to answer them.

    In that spirit I would like to ask the following questions:

    1.What is the difference between Islam and Islamism?

    2.Are either or both compatible with the U.S. Constitution (esp. the 1st amendment)? Please elaborate.

    3.Please explain the doctrine of Jihad (e.g. an inner spiritual struggle to something else?) and its relevance in today’s society.

    4.Do you support blasphemy laws?

    Please accept these questions in the spirit of respect and mutual understanding.

    Thank you.