Several readers sent me a link to the following story.
Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.
On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.
She does both, she says, because she’s Christian and Muslim.
Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she’s ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she’s also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.
Her announcement has provoked surprise and bewilderment in many, raising an obvious question: How can someone be both a Christian and a Muslim?
Well instead at looking a how ridiculous this is, let us look at the positive side of a Christian Muslim.
- When you issue a fatwa on yourself it is hard for you to hide from yourself so you won’t have a Salman Rushdie problem.
- If your suicide belt goes off prematurely you at least killed one Christian.
- You can pretty much preach any thing you want and on a given point be pro one day and con the other.
- You can engage in interfaith dialogue when you are by yourself.
- You can send money to both Jay Sekulow and CAIR.
- Preach that you can eat pork and preach that you can’t.
- Preach hat God is both one God and a Trinity of three persons. and then that Allah is one God and only one person.
- Preach that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected and then that “They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, but they thought they did.”
- Preach that Jesus was the Son of God and that he wasn’t.
- Preach that Mohammed was a deluded man with a heretical mix of Christianity and that he was the last Prophet sent by God.
- Preach about the inspiration of the New Testament and that it is the word of God and that it isn’t and in fact the Qur’an is.
- Preach that the Holy Spirit is the "other helper" and the that Muhammad is.
- Cheer for both sides of the Crusades.
- Call yourself an infidel.
- You can be a dhimmi to yourself.
- Have really really mixed feelings about Israel.
- Dip your fingers in a Holy Water font to make the sign of the cross and then wash your feet and pray before Mecca.