Weekly Religion News with items on relations with Muslims should the U.S. veto the Palestinian bid for statehood, "God's Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours" by Max Lucado and more.
The inevitable failure of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' petition for the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood endangers the West, according to cultural apologist Dr. Jim Denison, author of "Radical Islam: What You Need to Know."
Should the United States use its veto power against the petition? Denison says the move will escalate tensions between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
"Palestinians will become enraged with the West," Denison writes in a commentary, "What should America do about Palestine," posted on the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture website, www.denisonforum.org.
"Our role in mediating peace would go a long way toward convincing the moderate Muslim world that we are not at war with Islam, a critical component in shrinking the numbers of jihadists around the world," Denison writes. "If we immediately declare our intention to mediate peace, we can turn our veto into positive leadership for Palestine and Israel."
Denison urges the U.S. to take four steps to counter a certain surge in radical Islam's influence after the likely fate of the Palestinian statehood bid in the UN:
• Declare its intention to revive the Middle East peace process.
• Announce a plan for economic progress in the Arab world.
• Affirm and encourage moderate Muslims.
• Announce its clear, unambiguous commitment to Israel, which Denison reminds readers is "the only true democracy in the Middle East, and our most important military asset in the region."
Week in Religion
- Sept. 28, 1704, a statute was enacted by the colony of Maryland, giving ministers the right to impose divorce on "unholy couples."
- Sept. 29, 1803, the first Roman Catholic Church in Boston was formally dedicated. (Catholics had not been permitted any religious freedom within this predominantly Puritan colony prior to the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780.)
- Sept. 30, 1946, 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes in Nuremberg, Germany, and sentenced to death.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
Most regular churchgoers do not report hearing about the death penalty from their clergy; just 24 percent say that their clergy speak out about the issue. Among Catholics, roughly one-third of regular churchgoers (32 percent) say they hear about the death penalty from their clergy.
-- Pew Research Center
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Quote of the week
"We are always equally in danger in ourselves and always equally safe under the shadow of his wings." -- Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter John Newton
evangelist: A Christian whose particular mission is to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ through preaching and teaching. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – the purported authors of the Gospels of the New Testament — are called the four Evangelists. Capitalize when referring to them, but lowercase in all other references.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of Sweden
Lutheran: 87 percent
Other: 13 percent
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