Catholic bishop joins Muslims for Eid al-Adha, inadvertently reinforces idea that Bible has been corrupted


When Diarmuid Martin thinks of Abraham, he probably thinking of Genesis 22:15-18, in which Abraham is rewarded for his faith and told he will become a blessing to the nations: “by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”

But his Muslim friends don’t read Genesis. They read the Qur’an. Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (who is not named) is recounted in 37:102-109. Islamic tradition holds that the son Abraham sacrificed was Ishmael, and that the Bible’s saying he was Isaac is more evidence of the Bible’s corruption. Martin is inadvertently reinforcing that view by participating in this event.

Even worse, in sura 60, Allah says that Abraham is an “excellent example” (uswa hasana, أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ, a term applied also to Muhammad in 33:21) for the believers when he tells his pagan family and people that “there has arisen, between us and you, enmity and hatred for ever, unless ye believe in Allah and him alone” (v. 4). The same verse goes on to say that Abraham is not an excellent example when he tells his father, “I will pray for forgiveness for you.” Hatred is held up as exemplary; forgiveness is explicitly declared to be not exemplary.

Martin was thus reinforcing a worldview that takes for granted the legitimacy of everlasting enmity and hatred between Muslims and non-Muslims — and doing so precisely in the context of trying to build bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims.

More of my comments below.

“Prelate Joins Muslim Feast Falsifying Bible,” by Jules Gomes, ChurchMilitant.com, July 31, 2020:

DUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) – Ireland’s top prelate joined Muslims in celebrating a key Islamic festival which falsifies the Bible by declaring that the patriarch Abraham took Ishmael, not Isaac, to be sacrificed on Mount Moriah.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who denounced a Dublin church for offering public Masses during the Wuhan virus lockdown, showed solidarity Friday with 200 Muslims observing Eid al-Adha at the iconic Croke Park Stadium.

Despite Abp. Martin being invited in advance, the communications officer for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Martin Long, told Church Militant Tuesday they were “not aware of any details for this event or of any bishops attending.”

A source informed Church Militant earlier that the news was being kept “under wraps.”

Wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, the worshippers rolled out their prayer mats on the same football grass pitch which hosted Pope Francis on his visit to Ireland in 2018.

“Today marks a new chapter in the history of Croke Park,” Abp. Martin said. “Today our celebration is a gesture of recognizing publicly the place of the Muslim community as an integral part of the family of the Irish and to recognize the contribution of your Muslim community to the Ireland of today and to the Ireland of tomorrow.”

Double Standard Cited

Speaking to Church Militant, eminent Islamic scholar Robert Spencer lamented that while “the Catholic faithful still are in many places deprived of the sacraments and subject to immense and unprecedented restrictions on their worship, the bishops wouldn’t dare miss an Islamic celebration.”

“It is all the more unconscionable that they would be celebrating Eid al-Adha, the day on which Muslims sacrifice animals in honor of Abraham sacrificing Ishmael — not Isaac,” Spencer noted.

“This story is yet another instance of Islam correcting Judaism and Christianity and holding the Judeo-Christian tradition to be corrupted and erroneous,” he explained.

Spencer, author of over 22 books on Islam, elaborated:

What’s more, the Qur’anic Abraham says there will be “animosity and hatred” (Qur’an 60:4) between the Muslims and non-Muslims until the non-Muslims believe in Allah alone. The Abraham of Genesis, the “father of many nations,” is inverted into a symbol of hatred and supremacism. And the bishops are complacently reinforcing these attitudes.

Church of Ireland Anglican primate Abp. Michael Jackson, who joined Martin in the Islamic celebration, said the “silence” created by the pandemic and the lockdown has been filled with the sounds of “neighborliness.”

“The unknown person next door became a neighbor. Care quickly began to go both ways. While many of us had been taught from our youth that it is more blessed to give than to receive, we all learned the positive lesson of humility and of otherness to the effect that it is just as blessed to receive as to give,” he observed.

Ignoring the cognitive dissonance between the Old Testament and the Qur’an in marking the Muslim festival, Jewish Rabbi Zalman Lent said that, at a time of so much anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic feeling, “it is special we can all sit here together … as brothers.”

“This disgraceful event shows the priorities of the Catholic hierarchy today and of leftist clerics in general. Islam is the preferred religion of the Left, and that holds true even when the leftists in question are clerics of different faiths,” Spencer remarked….

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