Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christ According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations

By Andrew Harrod
December 28, 2013

"We have more in common than we think," concludes Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper with respect to Christian and Muslim understandings of Jesus in a December 23, 2013, USA Today editorial. Yet this reprint there and elsewhere of an older Christmas article from a Hamas-offshoot and unindicted terrorist coconspirator organization deceptively glosses over deep, sometimes dangerous (for Christians) theological differences.

The Caucasian Muslim convert (formerly named Doug) and supporter of American Islamic governance Hooper argues that, along with Christians, "Muslims also love and revere Jesus as one of God's greatest messengers to mankind." Hooper notes that the Quran speaks of Jesus "held in honor in this world and the Hereafter" (3:45) and as a "sign for the whole world" (21:91). In the Quran Jesus is strengthened by the "holy spirit" (2:87, capitalized by Hooper, but not by various Quran translations) and born of a Mary who wonders how she can have a son as a virgin (3:47).

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