Why I Don’t Support Interfaith Activities
This is an op-ed, opinion piece, and so it’s my own opinion and not that of WireNews Limited and certainly not the opinion of a majority of the so-called ‘religious leaders’ who respectively claim to represent the major religions of the world, but that having been said, there is a growing number of people who agree with me.
I am Jewish. Not only that, I am a Zionist. I am a card-carrying Zionist and a member of the Zionist Federation of United Kingdom & Ireland.
I am a religious Jew, but not the kind of religious Jew you might first think of… I am religious in the same way that Menachem Begin was religious.
So, I am quite religious and as a Jew, I am not one to proselytise, although I am happy to discuss Judaism with anyone who is genuinely interested. I draw the line, however, and the purpose of this op-ed is to express my views on Interfaith activities or associations between various faiths, which I believe will eventually lead to the destruction of religion as we know it, whether that’s Judaism, Christianity or any other faith.
Each day, twice a day, I say the Shema:
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Ecḥad
Hear, O Israel: the L-RD is our G-D, the L-RD is One
That means that the foundation statement of my faith confirms that I am certain that there is but one G-D and that G-D is One. In other words, not two G-Ds and certainly not three G-Ds and no cows or other farm animals!
When I say that I do not support “Interfaith Activities”, I am not talking about having social friendships or associations with people who are of a different faith. No, I have many Christian friends and one or two followers of Islam and we can meet for dinner or other gatherings and never discuss religion or if we do, it’s usually our shared belief that the ‘Religion of Peace’ is somewhat less than peaceful or the total lack of theological evidence to support a so-called ‘moderate’ follower of Islam.
But I digress, what I am talking about is my belief that we should not be meeting with people of different faiths for the express purpose of sharing our experiences, knowledge or beliefs about our respective faiths, unless of course you’re studying or taking a course in another religion for educational purposes.
Frankly, I consider “Interfaith Activities”, the type of activity supported by many leading Leftist Rabbis, a direct contradiction of my faith or at the very least, it’s surely disingenuous for me to pay lip-service to someone when I know they are wrong… and they are wrong or my faith is inherently flawed.
Bill White is CEO of WireNews and currently lives in the UK.