Christian University Directs Students to Islamic Center, Allegedly Offers the Quran to Praying Students

Christian University Directs Students to Islamic Center, Allegedly Offers the Quran to Praying Students
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At California Lutheran University, they’re keeping an open mind.

The school’s Samuelson Chapel features a prayer chamber. And according to a photo obtained by Campus Reform, the area offers many material assists to help students reach their own idea of God.

Among the items: a Buddha statue, the Hindu book The Upanishads, and Islam’s The Study Quran.

Reportedly, a chart promotes “The Golden Rule.”

The poster depicts Earth, surrounded by various religions shooting out as rays:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Confucianism
  • Taosim
  • Sikhism
  • Baha’i Faith
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Jainism
  • Zoroastrianism
  • Native Spirituality
  • Unitarianism
  • Christianity

Each listed belief system includes its version of the Rule. For instance, Islam asserts, “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”

The qualifications of a few are arguable:

  • Sikhism I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.
  • Native Spirituality We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.
  • Unitarianism We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existences of which we are a part.

Online, Cal Lutheran’s Campus Ministry provides a page linking to “Local Houses of Worship.”

In part:

  • An Lac Mission-Ventura Buddhist Study Center
  • Bahai Faith
  • Hindu Temple Society
  • Temple Etz Chaim
  • Islamic Center of Conejo Valley

More from Campus Reform:

While attending a Lutheran University, students are encouraged to seek out other religious facilities that allow them to feel at home.

The University encourages an “Interfaith Dialogue” that promotes “a safe place to ask questions, talk together, and learn from the spiritual journeys of others.”

The description claims the interfaith dialogue can help students “delv[e] deeper into [their] own faith traditions.”

Despite Christianity’s conventional wisdom of “[N]arrow is the gate and difficult is the way,” the faith is casting an ever-wider net.

Easy examples:

United Methodist Church Holds Drag Show to Protest Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Southern Baptist Seminary President Lambastes United Methodist Church Over Drag Queen Leader

Church Hosts ‘Pride’ Drag Show

Government’s leading the charge as well:

Of course, religious organizations would do well to welcome all. On Cal Lutheran’s site, under “The Lutheran Education Experience,” the school makes clear, “All are welcome. No one here is an outsider.”

This is one of the most deeply held values in the Lutheran tradition. And its importance is evident on campus — our students come from more than 59 countries and embody a wide variety of faiths.

As for Christianity, where’s it headed? In America for the moment, the answer isn’t likely “legalism.”



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