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Proverbs 9:17-18 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
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"I believed in once saved always saved", says the greedy of heart and sinful "professing Christian". Sin is Death-Darkness- "The wrath of God!"

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HOLINESS-PEACE!__If the Son therefore shall make you free {from sin}, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36) Then said Jesus to those ...which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, {to be holy..free from this worlds lust and love for it} then are ye my disciples indeed; (John 8:31)
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:28-29) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)"THE ONLY JEW GOD LOVES"
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U.S. Muslims: The Culture War Print E-mail

 

 U.S. Muslims: The Culture War

By Erick Stakelbeck

CBN News

June 17, 2007



CBNNews.comMINNEAPOLIS - A recent poll found that American Muslims are largely assimilated into American society. But in cities with growing Muslim populations, the assimilation process isn't always going so smoothly.

CBN News recently traveled to Minneapolis, where demands by some Muslim immigrants are causing a backlash.

 

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has traditionally been known as a busy Midwestern hub -- not a cultural battleground.

That changed last November, when six Muslim imams were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight there. Passengers complained the imams were praying loudly and moving about the plane speaking Arabic.

The incident sparked a media firestorm and many local Muslims blamed the airport, not the imams. It also highlighted a cultural divide in the twin cities.

Much of the debate surrounding Muslims in Minneapolis centers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Not only did the infamous "Flying Imams" incident take place here; there's also been an ongoing controversy surrounding Somali Muslim cabbies refusing to carry passengers who have alcohol in their possession.

 

Katherine Kersten, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, said, "The Muslim American Society - Minnesota chapter issued a fatwa regarding the transportation of alcohol by cabbies at the airport - telling them that essentially they would burn in hell, that they would be cooperating in sin, that they would be forbidden to do this."

The Chicago Tribune has described the Muslim American Society, or MAS, as the American arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide Islamist movement.

Somali activist Omar Jamal says that groups like this have attempted to radicalize the city's growing Somali Muslim population.

 

"The majority of Somali people really thought that the idea was crazy -- to refuse service to a passenger carrying alcohol," Jamal explained. "And this was only cooked up by a very small group -- and other organizations like MAS and CAIR."

The airport has threatened to suspend any cabbies who turn down passengers for religious reasons. But that hasn't stopped the radical movement from expanding its influence.

The Minneapolis Community and Technical College recently installed ritual foot washing basins in its bathrooms. Muslim students will be able to wash their feet before they pray.

Kersten says the school hasn't always been so eager to accommodate students' religious beliefs.

 

"There is a very strong disfavor on the part of the administration when it comes to Christianity," she said. "You know, Christmas decorations, any music that has even a remote connection to Christmas during the Christmas holiday season. Whereas the administration there seems to be bending over backwards to provide welcome and accommodation to Muslim students."

School officials declined CBN News' request for an interview. The school has been consulting with the Muslim Students Association's accommodations task force on how to better serve its Muslim students. The MSA. was founded by the Saudi government.

Kersten says the group wants more than just foot baths.

 

"They want to see separate housing for Muslim students on campus," she said. "They want to see separate food, or halal -- ritually pure food. They want separate hours for Muslim women in gyms and swimming pools. They want imams and religious counselors paid with public funds. And they want religious and holiday observances of Eid -- the end of Ramadan and other Muslim holidays on public school campuses here."

Some local Muslims feel they have been victims of discrimination and that the accommodation is overdue.