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Pastor to speak in Spokane tomorrow about dangers of Islam

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A Christian pastor and former Muslim who now travels throughout country speaking about the dangers of Islam will be speaking at Covenant Church tomorrow night.

Shahram Hadian ran for governor in 2012, losing to Gov. Jay Inslee. When he spoke against Islam in Sandpoint in 2015, protestors stood outside waving signs opposing his message, reading “Idaho is 2 great 4 hate.”

However Hadian has said his goal is to expose Islam’s “barbaric” teachings on “apostasy, women’s rights, religious minorities, slavery, homosexuality, anti-Semitism & many other areas that violate protections under our Constitution.”

During his presentation tomorrow, “Islam’s Assault on the U.S. Constitution,” he is expected to discuss how he feels Shariah law violates the First Amendment and, “detail how the left and liberal Christians are surrendering to Islam’s agenda in coming against our Constitutional foundation.”

His presentation will be 6 p.m. at the church, 3506 W. Princeton Ave. The event is free, though an offering will be taken.

Hadian was born in Iran but grew up in North America. He became a born again Christian in 1999 and is the founder of The TIL Project, which stands for Truth in Love. The organization’s aim is to address critical issues that affect the church, state, and nation. According to the organization’s website, Hadian recently moved to the Spokane area with his family.

 

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  • Neal Schindler

    I can’t even handle the awfulness of this.

  • Act Spokane

    Is it from practical experience as a Muslim that he “knows” shariah oppresses free speech or because he is no longer Muslim that it is reduced to how he “feels”? Is it because he is no longer Muslim that what he says no longer matters? Maybe because he lumped the leftists into being a part of a larger problem that SpokaneFAV’s is taking offense? Are you hoping to stir up more protesters to show up and shout him down until he humbly submits and can no longer speak?

    • Neal Schindler

      This short article is informative. I believe you’re reading bias into it. I also don’t think now is the time for Islamophobia to be spread. But obviously there’s a market for it around here.

      • bufflowbill

        wow. Islamophobia just rolls off the tongues easily. did you come up with that one yourself or did you borrow it from CAIR?

        • Neal Schindler

          Nope, I came up with it all by myself. I find anti-Muslim sentiments come far too easily to too many people these days. I’m a Jew whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors. I’m not about to stand idly by while Jews, Muslims, or any minority group is persecuted.

        • Neal Schindler

          Lemme guess: You think CAIR is linked to terrorism, right?

    • Neal Schindler

      Also the idea that sharia law somehow threatens our constitution is utterly bogus. What percentage of Americans are Muslim? How many Muslim senators or representatives are there in congress? Ben Carson got away with saying a Muslim should never be president, and now he has a cabinet position. I think we’re a lot closer to a Christian theocracy than a Muslim one, spokane ACT.

      • bufflowbill

        you sound kind of bitter towards Christians? sounds like hate speech to me.

        • Neal Schindler

          Ha! I am married to a Christian and have a lot of Christian friends. I am Jewish but greatly respect Jesus’ teachings and status as the leader of a major faith tradition.

        • Neal Schindler

          However the political reality is that some portions of America’s Christian population believe the U.S. is a Christian nation and always has been and want to legislate based on what they see as Christian values.

          • bufflowbill

            that’s because Washington prayed over our country And devoted AMERICA to God and the success of America would be dependant upon itseeing faithfulness. The finstructions iterations of Congress. did begin with prayer over our country.

          • Neal Schindler

            I’m assuming you identify as Christian. When you’re part of a minority religious group, it’s vitally important that legislation and governance not be based on Christian values as the governing and legislating parties see them.

            If prez and majority of congress decide same-sex marriage is sinful because Christianity, that shouldn’t prevent same-sex couples from getting legally married. If a law protecting civil rights is to be repealed, there has to be a problem with it besides the religious beliefs of some Americans. That can’t be the only objection. Otherwise you’d be giving up bacon if America became an orthodox Jewish nation. There shouldn’t be a state religion.

            Basically, I hear complaints that Christians are being persecuted in America these days. I think along with corporations suddenly becoming people in the eyes of the law, businesses are suddenly capable of having sincerely held religious beliefs. Allowing discrimination based on faith would lead to a patchwork of businesses that refuse to serve X or Y population for supposedly religious reasons. It’s a bad trend.

        • bufflowbill

          that’s acruelly good to hear. thanks for sharing. seriosuly.

          • Neal Schindler

            You mean the part about respecting Christianity? Having a different view of Islam from you or this pastor doesn’t make me a “Christophobe,” which I guess is the term now.

          • bufflowbill

            Christophobe? that’s interesting.

          • Neal Schindler

            I’ve heard conservative Christian commentators use it.

      • Act Spokane

        and you still didn’t answer the question. Does his experience as a Muslim knowing Shariah law, get disqualified now that he’s not a Muslim? Wouldn’t he know better than you? You say its bogus, but you’re not and haven’t been a Muslim. Are you the expert?

        • Neal Schindler

          His views aren’t problematic because he’s no longer Muslim. They’re problematic because they promote generalization about a gigantic, non-monolithic people group, and about a faith tradition being widely vilified.

          • bufflowbill

            Muslims as worshipers are not being vilified for the faith part of their ideas. however sharia law is that. Law and political systems. So there IS a large and growing population that want sharia law Courts in the US. Sour now IS the time to talk about it. Well except that CAIR doesn’t want any discussion around it.

          • Neal Schindler

            Where’s your evidence that there’s a large and growing population that want sharia law in the US? And what’s your understanding of Sharia? I feel as though it’s been wildly mischaracterized in the last couple years.

        • Neal Schindler

          My views of Islam are based on reading and listening to news and reports about Islam and knowing people who are Muslim.

          • Neal Schindler

            I’m no expert but I do have a point of view.

    • Neal Schindler

      I guess you guys really do have a lot of chapters around the country. http://www.snopes.com/2017/03/03/oklahoma-lawmaker-quiz-muslim-constituents/

      • Act Spokane

        is this like throwing spaghetti against the wall hoping something sticks? You use a link to a site that refers to SPLC again as a source of fact, but in other FB conversations people from the Review acknowledged that the SPLC is “second hand”information.

        • Neal Schindler

          Some of us find the SPLC useful.

        • Neal Schindler

          Also do you think that questionnaire was just?

  • Neal Schindler

    ACT and Bill, I suggest we all get coffee sometime and try to reach some level of mutual understanding. I fear we’ve gone as far as we can on the onlines.

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