“A few years ago, an inter-faith group of 10,000 people met at the Vatican in Rome. The group included the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Muslim Imam W. D. Mohammed. An outspoken Hindu woman was quoted as saying, It was refreshing to note that the idea that all religions have universal truths, and are merely different paths to the same goal was accepted as a given from the outset by all delegates without a single dissenting voice.”
As I read the above recounting of the inter-faith conference, I was immediately reminded of an interview I did last August with the respective heads of the Jewish Defence League of Canada, the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and the Christian Heritage Party (Is Valley Park Middle School Canada’s Ground Zero Mosque?).
The subject for discussion was the controversy surrounding a Toronto district’s decision to allow 300 Muslim students to worship in the school’s cafeteria during school hours.
While the issue of school prayer in and of itself makes for an interesting and polarizing discussion, it was the subtle undertones that many may have missed that were the most disconcerting.
. . . many quasi-religious groups to unite around a mixture of religious teachings and then brand honest Christian believers as bigots for clinging to salvation in Christ alone.
The undertones to which I am referring were two-fold in that in their ongoing efforts to avoid dissension amongst themselves (re avoid offending those of different faiths), the three leaders on the panel admitted that they were caught by surprise by the school district’s decision.
In an effort to get ahead of the controversy they made observations along the lines that Muslim prayer and in particular the Islamic leanings behind it was not really a question of religious freedom but one based on a political imperative. Specifically, the Muslim services are part of a much bigger agenda to proselytize Canada and the United States. This reasoned the panel, is the real threat!
If the “threat” as they called it is political in nature and is real, which I will explain why it may very well be the case in a few moments, then the leaders’ apathetic acquiescence to a syncretism doctrine is what has opened the door to said threat.
Like banning Christmas trees or sending students home for wearing t-shirts proclaiming their faith in the name of a false tolerance for other religions, we have diluted our own values. In the process, we have become vulnerable to those who do not have to deal with such division or duplicity of belief.
Now the question of course is how, in an age when school prayer is frowned upon, did those who are of a Muslim faith gain approval to hold worship services on school property during the lunch hour?
Again the esteemed panel reasoned that there is a political element to this story that circumvented the long-standing, carefully structured “understanding” between them. Overlooking the fact that their inter-faith dealings are about as useful as the crew of the Titantic arguing who is at fault for hitting the iceberg while the ship sinks into oblivion, they point to the power of Islamic money as the driving force behind the district’s decision to allow school prayer. In this light they may be on to something.
In my series Islamic Fundamentalism: The Pending Storm, I delve deeply into the increasing global influence of the Islamic Financial Platform in which both New York and London are battling to become the the global financial center for tapping into the wealth of Muslim investors.
An objective that should be noted, is shared by venerable American corporations such as General Electric.
General Electric, who openly acknowledged that they “want to become a regular sukuk issuer over time,” having already issued a $500 million bond as part of an overall $8 billion strategy, expressed their hope that “other Western players would follow their lead and issue sukuks.”
In short, and if you follow the money, you have to ask yourself this question . . . can our politicians be influenced by the financial industry? If the answer is yes, then Muslim prayer in school could be a logical consequence . . . and perhaps just the beginning.
The reasoning for this is quite simple. The financial markets and for the most part politicians are agnostic in terms of their achieving their objectives.
With the former greed, pure and simple, is the driving force, while politicians are motivated by those that can lead them to the pinnacle of power re get them elected. If you agree with this simple premise, then it is not a stretch to realize that those who possess the power to influence are likely going to be the one’s who are heard and accommodated.
If you question the above statement, research Operation Ajax and the fall of the democratically elected Mossadegh government in Iran. You will discover that a “We the People” democracy takes a back seat to financial interests.
This of course brings us back full circle to the see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil vanilla panel, whose quest not to offend has diluted our own religious convictions under the facade of universal truth and tolerance.
It is this mindset that has made us vulnerable to the shifting realities of global economic influence.
So what is the answer?
Stop trying to appease one another and hold steadfast to your beliefs and position in society and the world around you. For Christians who believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven say so proudly and without hesitation – no apologies necessary. And for goodness sakes put up a Christmas Tree and wish people Merry Christmas. If some are offended, too bad because tolerance is supposed to be a two-way street.
The same should also go for the other religions, as the primary objective of one’s beliefs should not be one of compromise so as to avoid offence. This is a lukewarm doctrine that serves no one’s best interests!
As for the schools, give equal access to all students to practice their faith on school grounds. If a Christian or Jewish group of students want to hold lunch time services then let them. If fights ensue deal with it! Don’t run away from it by pretending your tolerant when all you are is just cowardly.