by Jack Minor –
The Council on American Islamic Relations has said Detroit area mosques need to step up their security as a response to a Christian prayer summit to be held on Veteran’s Day.
The Call is promoted as being a 24-hour-long prayer event to be held at Ford Field. The organization says on its website, the purpose for the meeting is to pray for the spiritual and economic needs of the city. “It is widely said how Detroit goes will indicate the direction our nation will take. It was once an economic and automotive engine of the United States. Detroit is ground zero for the spiritual war in our nation. Poverty, racism, and Islam are most powerfully rooted here – more than anywhere else in the nation.”
The Call explains Detroit is seen as ground zero in a spiritual war and that a spiritual re-awakening is vital for the nation.
“The nation needs Detroit because she has a record of decades of great industrial, auto commerce and international connections, both in air and waterways. Every region in Michigan is impacted by what happens in Detroit – we must stand in the gap for this city!”
The site went on to acknowledge the large Islamic presence in the region. “Detroit can be a model to the nation and be a city that can even impact the Middle East because of the Islamic influence in Dearborn and Southeast Detroit.”
The Gazette previously reported where Christians attempting to engage in a dialogue with Muslims in Dearborn were arrested for sharing their faith. As the Christians were led away a witness said Muslims shouted, “Allahu Akbar.”
Rick Warzywak, director and facilitator for Transformation Michigan, which is sponsoring the event, defended the statements about Islam on the web site. “As Christians we believed Jesus when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me. We believe in sharing the love of Christ with everybody, regardless of who they are.” He continued, “We believe prayer can soften the heart of any group.”
Warzywak told the Gazette the purpose for mentioning Islam was simply because the Islamic group is one of the largest groups of non-Christians in the area and that that group needs Christ just like anybody else.
Islam also believes in “evangelism.” Many Islamic countries provide strict penalties on those who do not convert to Islam. A pastor in Iran is currently facing the death penalty for “leaving the Islamic faith.”
Islam teaches that everyone is born a Muslim. In a copy of the Qur’an, M.H. Shakir says in the introduction “In fact, every child that is born is a Muslim. It is the parents who make him a Jew, Christian or Hindu.”
CAIR executive director Dawud Walid, told the Gazette he does not believe in theological relativism and “if they want to pray for our conversion, that is no problem.” He continued, “It is one thing to call for our conversion, but it is a whole other thing to use rhetoric that dehumanizes and literally demonizes a whole group of Americans that can incite people to actually confront Muslims.”
Warzywak said it is a shame that everyone is focused on the Muslim statements instead of recognizing the other issues they are praying about. “We are also focusing on racism, abortion and the social blight of the city.”
Walid called on the heads of area mosques to “”maintain security at all entrances, and make sure to notify the police immediately if suspicious persons congregate on mosque property.”
Warzywak said that is ridiculous because the prayer meeting has no intention of inciting violence against Muslims. “In fact, the web site calls for ‘reaching Muslims with the love of Christ’ as one of its prayer focuses.”