Quran Unites Utah Muslims and Christians


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Friday, 06 May 2011


The Presbyterian Church continues to make headlines that no church should be ever accused of, ie Their acceptance of Homosexuality among its members and its priests and now its welcoming in its doors the Koran and Muslimism.  Among denominations there are only the Methodists,  Presbyterians, Anglicans, and the Baptists of America that have fallen so swiftly from any semblance of biblical Christianity to the pig sty these now share.

Muslim women shared luncheon with Presbyterians as a thank-you to the church board.

CAIRO – Feeling grateful to their local church move to hand out free copies of Qur’an, a group of Muslim women arranged a luncheon in Salt Lake city, hoping to extend new bridges between the two faiths in the community, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday, May 6.  

“You extended the first hand,” Angela Young, a convert to Islam, told attendants at the luncheon.

Preparing falafel, biryani rice, hummus and baklava, a group of eight women from the Muslim community decided to share it with their local church.

On Thursday, they headed to Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Presbyterian Church sharing their luncheon, personal stories and e-mails with Presbyterian women.

The luncheon was a thank-you from the Muslim women, who were delighted by Wasatch’s giveaway earlier this week of free copies of the Qur’an.

The move to distribute 70 copies of Qur’an was first suggested two weeks ago by Wasatch’s new pastor, the Rev. Scott Dalgarno.

It came as a response to plans by anti-Qur’an pastor Terry Jones to protest against Islamic law and to burn the Holy Qur’an.

Jones, a 58-year-old pastor and the head of a small fringe church in Gainesville, Florida, burnt the Qur’an last month in front of a crowd of about 50 people on March 20 in what he called "International Judge the Qur’an Day".

Video posted on the website of his church showed a kerosene-soaked book going up in bright flames, sending thousands of angry Afghans into the streets in deadly protests that left scores of people dead.

The church received 20 copies more of Qur’an that were donated by a group called Muslims for Peace, to end up distributing 90 copies.

Each Qur’an had a bookmark insert that reads: "This book was donated by the leaders of Wasatch Presbyterian Church who are not afraid of truth wherever it can be found."

Placing them on the shelf on Monday morning, hours after declaring the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the books were distributed in only 90 minutes.

“People were grateful and curious about it and wanting to read it,” said Anne Holman, manager of the bookstore

“It was made even more immediate by what had happened.”


Facing a decade of suspicions, Muslim women were grateful to their local church move to counter ugly anti-Islam bigotry.

Young said she was “completely and totally” moved when she heard that Wasatch planned to distribute copies of her holy book.

“It’s great to see someone reach out to counter something ugly,” she said, referring to the Qur’an burning.

Since 9/11, US Muslims, estimated between six to seven million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.

There have been 800 incidents of violence, threats and vandalism against Muslims since 2001.

Estimates show that 14 percent of religious discrimination is reported against Muslims.

A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.

Young, the Muslim convert, told her friend Maysa Kergaye the story of Dalgarno suggestion to distribute Qur’an who came up with the idea of thanking the Presbyterians for their kindness.

“You have helped to build a bridge in our community,” Kergaye told the Wasatch women, as well as Dalgarno and several other men.

“I hope we can continue this.” Kergaye added that Muslim women were ready to help Presbyterian women in coming service projects.

“We are not as organized, but we do show up.”