Pastor Rick Warren to Muslims: Let’s Work Together to Fight Stereotypes

July 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In a move that angered his critics, popular Evangelical pastor Rick Warren spoke before a large gathering of American Muslims on Saturday, calling on Muslims to join together with Christians to solve global problems that affect members of both faiths.

Pastor Warren spoke before the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a group based in Plainfield, Ind. that has been holding conventions attracting thousands of faithful for nearly a decade.

Warren issued a powerful speech that will go far to healing the rifts between the two faiths, since the 9/11 terrorists attacks. In his speech, Warren called on people of both faiths to fight against religious stereotypes and to respect each other’s differences.

Warren drove home his frequent theme of the problems affecting the world of war, poverty, corruption, disease and illiteracy, calling on both Christians and Muslims to unite behind solving these problems.

Recognizing the distrust and fear many Americans harbor towards Muslims, Warren called on Muslims who “have been in America for many generations now,” to help “the newcomers learn what it means to be American.”

Warren’s critics denounced his appearance before the Muslim group, as aligning himself with extremists, even before he spoke.

Warren is the wildly popular founder of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, Calif., and authored a best selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life.”

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One Response to “Pastor Rick Warren to Muslims: Let’s Work Together to Fight Stereotypes”

  1. Russ in North Carolina on July 5th, 2009 4:46 pm

    Warren drove home his frequent theme of the problems affecting the world of war, poverty, corruption, disease and illiteracy, calling on both Christians and Muslims to unite behind solving these problems.

    Curious. Not a word about salvation through Jesus Christ. Mr. Warren’s priorities have drifted from Christ-Centered to World-Centered.

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