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This very day I wrote a piece about an August 24, 2010 'Interfaith Prayer Vigil' at FCC Stamford on Walton Place: http://dearoneshealingministry.blogspot.com/2010/08/fcc-stamford-goes-pro-muslim-by.html in support of Muslim communities in the Stamford area and Southwestern CT.
Naturally I questioned whether or not the 'purpose' of this 'prayer vigil' was actually a 'front' to promote the building of the NYC Ground Zero Mosque. I just HAD to ask since this August 24, 2010 event is slated to be held at 'my old church', now under the tutelage of one Rev. Dr. Cari (Carrietta aka Carrie) Jackson. Curious minds are, well, you know, curious!
The 'blurbs' I came across today about the 'prayer vigil' in the Stamford Advocate and on the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT website http://www.interfaithcouncil.org/ were rather 'innocuous-sounding', such as follows:
"Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 6:30 p.m. Interfaith Prayer Vigil in support of Muslim communities in Fairfield County, on the grounds of First Congregational Church, 1 Walton Place, Bedford Street, Stamford. All are welcome to gather peacefully with members of our Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh communities - and people of other religions who choose to join in - to lift voices in prayer for peace, respect and collaborative ministry in the Stamford area and Southwestern Connecticut. For more information contact Kate Heichler (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mark Lingle (email@example.com )."
NO SOONER did I publish my little piece about this 'pro-Muslim prayer vigil set for August 24, 2010 in my 'beautiful' former 'Pilgrim Church of Stamford', than a certain 'MOTHER LODE' of information was brought to my attention! Can't you give a girl a BREAK?
That mother lode comes in the form of an interesting propaganda 'piece' penned by one profile-less FAISAL QUADRI (quad...@richmancapital.com ) under a 'Google Group' called 'Sunday Cricket'.
I don't know WHO or WHAT this Faisal is, but he or she sure answered my questions and let the cat out of the bag. The full body of his/her posting is below in small print, but suffice it to say that KATIE, I'VE GOT A REALLY IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR YOU.
Let me ask you once and for all:
IS THE PURPOSE OF YOUR INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SOUTHWESTERN CT PRAYER VIGIL FOR MUSLIMS IN STAMFORD AND FAIRFIELD COUNTRY REALLY ONLY TO LEND AID AND SUPPORT TO MUSLIMS OR DO YOU GO SO FAR AS TO USE YOUR POSITION AS DIRECTOR OF THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL TO FURTHER THE CAUSE OF GETTING THAT NYC GROUND ZERO 9/11 MOSQUE BUILT?
We ALL want to know and more than that, we here in Fairfield County DESERVE to know. Personally, I don't have much respect for those who use their status as 'clergy' to further their political and fiduciary aspirations without regard for the ones they serve (God first and people second). At least honestly represent your people, you know? Is it possible, Katie, that you are SO caught up in 'progressive-lib Dem politics' and have such a great need for notoriety and funding that you may have bitten off more than you can chew?
If so, speak up Katie. We will understand. But just don't expect that 'your flock' are stupid guppies too cowed by 'political correctness' who won't ask questions. And certainly don't think that the good peoples of Stamford--the 'good Muslims', the Jews, the Christians, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Sikhs and the many agnostics and atheists ARE FOOLISH ENOUGH to buy into false politico-religious propaganda, questions unasked. We happen to be a bright, thinking, educated, sentient group here, as a matter of fact. And I am ever-leery of the crossing of the line between 'church and state' as a survivor of and witness to the UCC politics which helped get our current President elected!
So answer up, Katie Heichler of http://www.interfaithcouncil.org who is working closely with Rev. Cari Jackson http://www.facebook.com/people/Cari-Jackson/520216546 and at The First Congregational Church of Stamford firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie, you've both already been 'OUTTED' by Faisal Quadri (quad...@richmancapital.com ), so why don't you just 'come clean' about the true motives behind the August 24 'Pro-Muslim Prayer Vigil at FCC Stamford'? Faisal's diatribe is below:
Faisal Quadri (quad...@richmancapital.com ) says: "The InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut; Christian, Muslim and Jewish is organizing a prayer/vigil for the Muslims of Fairfield County due to the opposition being faced in regards to the ground zero masjid, Norwalk masjid plans, as well as recent incident at the Bridgeport Masjid (see below).
It will be on Tuesday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m. at the Grounds of First Congregational Church (1 Walton Place at Bedford Street, Stamford)."
When: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 6:30 PM-7:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Grounds of First Congregational Church (1 Walton Place at Bedford Street, Stamford)
The InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut; Christian, Muslim and Jewish is organizing a prayer/vigil for the Muslims of Fairfield County due to the opposition being faced in regards to the ground zero masjid, Norwalk masjid plans, as well as recent incident at the Bridgeport Masjid (see below). It will be on Tuesday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m. at the Grounds of First Congregational Church (1 Walton Place at Bedford Street, Stamford).
We need a sizeable crowd to attend and would appreciate a CONFIRMED headcount. If you read this email, PLEASE RESPOND if you can make it. We all be fasting at that time, and it will only be for about half hour, and everyone can leave for the iftaar on time. The interfaith was kind enough to approach us directly offering their support. Lets show up.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Faisal Quadri) faisalqua...@hotmail.com or Naveed Khan (naveedak...@gmail.com).
MEDIA ADVISORY - For August 24, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kate Heichler, 203-415-1962 or kateheich...@gmail.com
Mark Lingle, 203-570-6226, marklingle.pas...@gmail.com
WHAT: Interfaith Prayer Vigil in support of Muslim communities in Fairfield County.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 24th, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grounds of First Congregational Church
1 Walton Place at Bedford Street, Stamford
WHO: InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut; Christian, Muslim and Jewish
WHY: Tension and rhetoric has been increasing over the basic and peaceful religious practice of Muslims in Bridgeport, whose worship service was protested by a group of Christian fundamentalists on August 6th. (See press coverage, including the Connecticut Post http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Angry-protesters-descend-on-mosque...). At the same time, other events - the obstacles to building a mosque on Fillow Street in Norwalk; with the controversy growing over the Cordoba Initiative's efforts to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero (Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero) are calling our attention to the fact that our Muslim brothers and sisters in Stamford feel threatened and isolated.
The InterFaith Council has a long history of tolerance and support for the diverse religious expressions found within the communities of southwestern Fairfield County, and seek to build understanding among the various traditions. Its president, the Rev. Kate Heichler says, "The recent actions by a Christian fundamentalist group against the Masjid An-Noor mosque in Bridgeport compel us take a public stand against religious intolerance and hatred here in Fairfield County, in New York City, and wherever it rears its head."
All are welcome to gather peacefully with members of our Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh communities - and people of other religions who choose to join in - to lift voices in prayer for peace, respect and collaborative ministry in the Stamford area and Southwestern Connecticut. For more information contact Kate Heichler (kateheich...@gmail.com) or Mark Lingle (marklingle.pas...@gmail.com).
ARE YOU or AREN'T YOU going to use this prayer vigil to promote the NYC Ground Zero Mosque, Katie and Cari and all you 'Interfaith' people? Just tell us 'yes' or 'no'.
Those of us in Stamford and environs deserve to know. Many from up here lost loved ones down there--please remember this, so we'd appreciate 'an answer'.
And don't expect to extract donations from the good people of this area if you are not prepared to be 'forthcoming' with your intentions...both those obvious and those not so obvious.
Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU for an honest and prompt answer,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"