AirTalk for December 5, 2012

All Saints Church criticized for hosting American Muslim convention

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Interfaith relations inspire fresh dialogue at Pasadena's All Saints Church.

Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) announced yesterday that they will hold a press conference Thursday to address recent criticisms of the church inspired by their decision to host a national American Muslim convention.

Interfaith clergy and religious leaders will come together on Thursday to voice their shared commitments in the light of anti-Islamist disapproval from the right. Since 2007, All Saints has hosted an interfaith study group with the Pasadena Jewish center and the Islamic Center of Southern California, but following the announcement that the it would host the American Muslim convention, the religious right has accused the MPAC and Islamists in general of “taking advantage of naïve Christians.”

How should religious organizations handle disputes over interfaith outreach and education? In what ways might both organizations be affected by collaboration, or by the backlash from critics? MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati and Right Side News contributor Ryan Mauro join Larry to discuss interfaith relations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Guests:

Salam Al-Marayati, president, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Ryan Mauro, national security analyst, fellow with RadicalIslam.org


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