Islam on Capitol Hill / Muslim Day of Prayer

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Forwarded emails express alarm that a Muslim Day of Prayer with an estimated 50,000 Muslims attending has been announced for Washington, D.C. on September 25, 2009.

Description: Forwarded emails
Circulating since: Sep. 2009
Status: Mixed (see details below)


Example #1:
Email contributed by Paulette B., Sep. 17, 2009:


Muslim Nat'l Day of Prayer Yes; National Day of Prayer NO ????

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a National Day of Prayer.

In 1988, President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as the National Day of Prayer.

This year however, President Obama, decided to cancel the ceremony at the White House not wanting to offend anyone.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama declared the USA was no longer a Christian nation. Now see if you can wrap your brain around this: On September 25, 2009 from 4am until 7pm, a National Day of Prayer for the Muslim religion will be held on Capitol Hill, beside the White House. They are expecting over 50,000 muslims that day in DC.

The website (yes, there is a very informative website) is: http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/ Pay particular attention to the very bottom of the page: "OUR TIME HAS COME". Could it be that the REAL agenda of the President is becoming more plain? The evidence is there.

The scripture verse in 2 Chronicles 7:14 says "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." ..... this becomes more important each day. Please share this with your friends.



Example #2:
Email contributed by Elsie T., Sep. 21, 2009:

Subject: Muslim Prayer Meeting in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. - On September 25th there will be a national prayer gathering of Muslims on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. They are expecting at least 50,000 to attend from mosques all across America.

They will gather to pray from 4:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The gathering will take place by the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. The organizers say that it was Obama's inauguration speech in January and his speech broadcast from Egypt in June that gave them the idea for this prayer gathering on Capitol Hill.

They have a website set up for this event. If you never look at another website look at this one, especially the final words: http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/



Example #3:
Email contributed by Mickey, Sep. 19, 2009:

Subject: Believe it! Muslim Day at the Capitol

Isn't this just frickin lovely. There is a website linked - who the heck knows anymore as INSANITY is the rule today.

"There Time Has Come" and I concur - leave America NOW and take your Sharia Law and Terrorists back to Saudi or some other stronghold.

Islam is not a Religion, but a way of Life - big difference
Ralph

VERIFIED ON "TRUTH OR FICTION".COM AS TRUE
Have you heard or seen anything about this on TV or in the print media???

This is shocking and outrageous! Even if you are not a Christian, if you are an American, this should make blood shoot out of your eyes! Please read this and go to their website, it will shock you, I am not kidding, this is the worst thing yet in our country. Good God Almighty, this so called "Christian" president has got to go. He denied being a Muslim, and all his pundits proclaimed him to be a great "Crhistian." Are you kidding me??? Wake up America!!!!!! He IS a muslim through and through, all his actions from day one tell it. Enough of the denials, and the lies. I am outraged as should every true American should be. Why are we not hearing about it? Where is the media? Where are our congressmen and senators?

What does this tell you about our 'president'! This country (founded as a Christian nation) can't have our national day of prayer, but the Muslims can have theirs and on capitol hill?

Wake up people of America! The real America!!

Good Grief and Mercy!!!!!! And the government will not even acknowledge our National Day of Prayer this year or prayers in school !!!! I can't wait until we vote EVERY LIBERAL OUT OF OFFICE next year--And in 4 years OR LESS THE IMMEDIATE PRESIDENT AND HIS CABINET!!!!!!

President Obama dismissed our national day of prayer last May and now it is okay for an all day event at our capitol for Islamists???

A DAY OF ISLAMIC UNITY!!! Oh My God! It was the Islamists that caused 911 and so many other terrorist actions. Are we insane?

Washington, D.C. - On September 25th, 2009 there will be a national prayer gathering of Muslims on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. They are expecting at least 50,000 to attend from mosques all across America. They will gather to pray from 4:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The gathering will take place by the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. The organizers say that it was Obama's inauguration speech in January and his speech broadcast from Egypt in June that gave them the idea for this prayer gathering on Capitol Hill.

Why you ask? Well maybe it was because he said "we are not a Christian nation" "We are citizens of the world"

They have a website set up for this event. If you never look at another website look at this one, especially the final words: http://islamoncapitolhill.com/

This is their program:

The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, theWashington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill

Thousands of Muslims from all races, creeds, colors and ethnicities will gather for the sole purpose of prayer

Bonds of friendship will be formed between those in attendance, both Muslims and Non-Muslims

Muslim youth will experience tours of the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.

The peace, beauty and solidarity of Islam will shine through America's capitol.

Are you kidding me??

And what about security? We the taxpayers will have to pay how many millions of dollars for security.? This is totally wrong!!!! I am outraged at what this administration is allowing. They cannot have this event at the capitol without having had approval from the White House. Why is this being kept so quiet? That is just a couple of weeks away.

Analysis: The above messages contain a mixture of truth and fiction. Let's take the main points one-by-one:

CLAIM: A Muslim Day of Prayer took place in Washington, D.C.

STATUS: TRUE. The event, which took place on September 25, 2009, was called "Islam on Capitol Hill" and billed as a "day of Islamic unity." Conceived and sponsored by a local mosque, it featured Muslim prayers and readings from the Qur'an.

One of its organizers, Hassan Abdellah, described the event as follows in a statement to the Newark Star-Ledger: "This is not a protest. Never has the Islamic community prayed on Capitol Hill for the soul of America. We're Americans. We need to change the face of Islam so people don't feel every Muslim believes America is 'the great Satan,' because we love America."
   Sources:
   • Islam on Capitol Hill. Official Website.
   • Elizabeth Mosque Organizes National Prayer Gathering for Muslims in Washington, D.C. Newark Star-Ledger, 31 August 2009.
   • Muslims to Pray for 'Soul of America' at U.S. Capitol Event. Washington Post, 5 September 2009.



CLAIM: President Obama 'canceled' or 'dismissed' the annual National Day of Prayer.

STATUS: FALSE. As one email puts it, "This country (founded as a Christian nation) can't have our national day of prayer, but the Muslims can have theirs and on Capitol Hill?"

The question is disingenuously posed. America did, in fact, celebrate its traditional interfaith National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May 2009. Obama followed the precedent set by Ronald Reagan during the 1980s by signing a proclamation calling upon Americans of all faiths "to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love."

Where Obama broke with recent tradition was in not presiding over a public ceremony in the White House on the occasion.
   Sources:
   • Text of Obama's National Day of Prayer Proclamation, Beliefnet.com, 7 May 2009
   • Obama Tones Down National Day of Prayer Observance. CNN.com, 6 May 2009.



CLAIM: The event was inspired by public remarks Obama has made about Islam.

STATUS: TRUE. Planners of the event said it was inspired in part by Obama's inaugural address and in part by a speech he gave in Cairo on June 4, 2009 in which he called for a "new beginning" for America and Muslims both at home and abroad, based on mutual interests and respect instead of mistrust and conflict.

"For the first time in my lifetime," organizer Hassan Abdellah told the Newark Star-Ledger, "I heard someone of his stature speaking about Islam and Muslims not in an adversarial sense, but in the sense of being welcome and acknowledging we are integral citizens in the society — that we're gainfully employed, we're educated. He said he had his hand open to the Islamic world. The Islamic world wants to open their hand and shake it."
   Sources:
   • Elizabeth Mosque Organizes National Prayer Gathering for Muslims in Washington, D.C. Newark Star-Ledger, 31 August 2009.
   • President Obama's Inaugural Address, 1-20-09. ABC News.
   • Remarks by the President at Cairo University, 6-04-09. WhiteHouse.gov.



CLAIM: Obama has declared that the U.S.A. is no longer a Christian nation.

STATUS: FALSE. One sentence in Obama's prepared remarks for his keynote address at the "Call to Renewal" conference sponsored by Christian Sojourners in 2006 read as follows:

Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
Notwithstanding the fact that Obama misspoke when he actually delivered the speech, saying, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just," and the fact that his self-correction is often omitted when the statement is quoted, it's clear from the context that he was speaking of the religious demographics of the United States, not proclaiming an abandonment of Christian values.
   Sources:
   • Call to Renewal Keynote Address (as Written). SunTimes.com.
   • Call to Renewal Keynote Address (as Delivered). YouTube.com.




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