Ocasio-Cortez Says Christian and Muslim Prayers ‘All Go to the Same Place – Up’

Ocasio-Cortez Says Christian and Muslim Prayers ‘All Go to the Same Place – Up’

It’s Ramadan and Muslims all over the place are observing the month by way of fasting, prayer and private reflection. That’s true out on Capitol Hill, too, the place the three Muslim members of Congress hosted an iftar together with about 100 invited company from numerous spiritual backgrounds. Consultant Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Consultant Rashida Tlaib from Michigan and Consultant André Carson from Indiana took the chance to speak about their Muslim religion to their colleagues and, after all, discuss a bit store. [h/t Washington Put up]

Among the many company had been Christian members of Congress like Home Majority Chief Steny H. Hoyer, who stated: “The Bible doesn’t tell me to love my neighbor if they’re Christian, if they’re straight . . . The Bible tells me to love my neighbor.”

Likewise, Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spoken about her Catholic religion and is common among the many substantial Muslim inhabitants in her district. She stated: “When Ilhan prays, when I pray, when Rashida prays, when Ayanna [Pressley] prays, when Jan Schakowsky prays, I believe those prayers all go to the same place — up.”

Jan Shakowsky is a 74-year-old consultant who’s Jewish, and has been serving to youthful members of Congress bridge their religion divides. Ocasio-Cortez credited Shakowsky and Michigan Consultant Andy Levin with serving to discover an interfaith group. “They’ve been so key in connecting these dots,” she stated. “So much of this quote-unquote controversy is stirred up by folks who are not from either of these communities. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about learning from each other, not turning on each other.”

The query of whether or not Christians and Muslims worship the identical God has been a contentious one theologically. Dr. Larycia Hawkins was embroiled in a heated debate at Wheaton School when she made an identical declare — one which ended with Hawkins being placed on administrative go away and eventually leaving the varsity, although Wheaton officers later wrote they made an “error in judgment” in dealing with her remarks and have named a scholarship after her in a gesture of goodwill. A Wheaton activity drive assigned to research the incident “could not decisively say whether or not Hawkins’ theological views aligned with the school’s doctrinal statement of faith.”

After the dinner, Consultant Omar addressed the group by explaining the importance of the Ramadan quick. “It’s about developing understanding for the kind of struggles others go through when they go without,” she stated. “It’s about having deeper empathy.”

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