In the small Tennessee town of Cordova sits Heartsong Church, whose congregation welcomed their Muslim neighbors in a time of distress. The church’s act of generosity is deeply gratifying to me as a Muslim.
This story was not found in mainstream media, but rather on an Arabic website whose name translates as “incoming traffic,” and was filled with heartwarming pictures of the event.As if the reason they're chanting it has nothing to do with Islamic supremacism as outlined in the religion's core texts and everything to do with bad kafir P.R.
It all began shortly before the holy month of Ramadan, when the mosque across the street from Heartsong could not meet its renovation deadline in time for evening prayers, or “taraweeh.” So the imam asked the church’s pastor, Dr. Steve Stone, if his congregation could use the church for their prayers. Permission was granted.
What makes this noble act by a Christian minister unique is that it happened during the mass anti-Muslim hysteria that swept through America last summer. Violent crimes targeting Muslims, their homes and institutions were at a peak and the media were obsessed with so-called pastor Terry Jones of Florida, who threatened to burn copies of the Holy Qur’an on the anniversary of 9/11.
It is ironic how a non-entity like Jones managed to capture international attention with his provocative plan – even posting a sign in front of his church that read, “Islam is Evil” – while Heartsong put up a sign reading, “Welcome to our new Muslim neighbors.”
Had the media devoted the same amount of time and energy to the Heartsong story, people in the Muslim world would not be chanting, “Death to America”...
Update: More bad kafir P.R.