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God’s House: Coexisting in Sweden

God’s House: Coexisting in Sweden
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Even as the world is still reeling after last Friday’s attacks in Norway by a 32-year-old gunman who said he wanted to “save Europe from Muslim takeover,” a house of worship for Lutheran, Muslims and Roman Catholics is being built in Nacka in the parish of Fisksätra south of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. “God’s House” is the name of an endeavor that is attempting to “tackle sectarianism,” says Swedish-English newspaper The Local.

Henrik Larsson, a pastor with the Church of Sweden in Nacka and project manager for the initiative, says that God’s House will be the first building to house a church and a mosque since the Umayyad Mosque was built in Damascus in the 600s. The idea for the project arose a few years ago as a “natural extension of the growing cooperation” among the Church of Sweden, St. Konrad’s Catholic Church in Nacka, and the Muslim Association in Nacka (Muslimska föreningen i Nacka). According to Larsson:

In 2004, the local schools came to us and asked us for help and advice in how to teach children about religious tolerance and address any problems, and the idea to do something together started to take form as we thought, “Could we do something?”

After members of the far-right Social Democrat party who campaigned on an openly anti-immigration and anti-Muslim platform won seats in Sweden’s Parliament for the first time in 2010, Church of Sweden Bishop Bengt Wadensjö wrote in a letter to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet:

In Nacka we do not think that Muslims or immigrants should be seen as a threat, as suggested by Jimmie Åkesson [leader of the Social Democrats’. The idea is to demonstrate how people can get along together regardless of culture, language or faith.

While Swedish Democrat Erik Hellsborn wrote on his blog that the attacks in Oslo and Utøya are the result of “mass immigration” and “Islamization,” Åkesson and other right-wing groups in Europe have condemned the attacks.

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8:53AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

All religions should become tolerant. Unfortunately, for centuries, every religion has claimed to be the only true one...

8:52AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

thank you

4:55PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

There are not too many differences between our religions

WRONG AGAIN! I asked a Muslim once, and he said no one bears the guilt of your sin but you. In Christianity, Jesus does it for you. It isn't a matter of relative goodness in Christianity, like it is in Islam, based against perfection, everyone is a sinner, and needs redemption.

The danger is that people like you might actually believe it without checking the facts.

1:15AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Sounds hopeful but, ......think the little lambs going to get slaughtered!

7:37PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

What did the boa say to the little lamb... sssssss...aw c'mon, your so cute ...just a little kiss.
HMMMMM?
Long term effects.....

7:15AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

probably all good intention, but unfortunately i will NOT be surprised if this is just another move by muslims to play oh so kind and cute until they have enough numbers to outmanouver the non-muslims. if im wrong about my suspicions, then great. i hope i am. we see again and again though, how muslim immigrants in europe which and whine, and play along as they know they're a minority, but once they've established enough ppl in an area, they real intent comes out; occupation and the creation of their own society.

im sure many of u think im terribly negative, but im really just realistic.
anyway, it's good to see that some ppl try at least. all the best. let's hope the real islam doesnt show its ugly face. let's hope these "muslims" are of the type that do NOT follow the demands of the koran...

5:47PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

Love the banner!

9:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

@ Lise B—“One God for all” didn’t prevent violence in the past, it won.t prevent violence in the future. Delusionx solve nothing.

6:51PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Was cut off:

Syncretism (AKA "Chrislam") will prove to be a DANGEROUS illusion as the 2 religions are absolutely IRRECONCILABLE, people's vain hopes notwithstanding!

READ the Bible AND the Koran & you'll SEE that Islam's "Allah" is NOT “Yahweh" & "Isa" is NOT "Jesus of Nazareth”!

We’re NOT exempt from history!........EVER!

WHY do I , an agnostic, have to tell you religious history?

“Nullius in verba.” - (Latin) ‘Take nobody’s word for it.’ motto of the Royal Society

6:50PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

NOTA BENE: the Damascene Umayyad mosk began as the great 4th C. Christian ‘Basilica of Saint John the Baptist’.

Caliph Omar's Great & Terrible JIHAD conquered Damascus in 634 CE & SLAUGHTERED most of its Christian citizens, tho’ Muslims CONDESCENDED to let the few remaining DHIMMIFIED (powerless/enslaved/2nd class) Christians have partial access to their own church, now converted into a mosk/Islamic center.

In 706 the Umayyad dynasty’s Caliph Walid I chose Damascus to be the Muslim world’s center & ORDERED a mosk be built over St John’s.

Over the ‘dhimmis’ objections, Walid DEMOLISHED it (& the mosk serves as a ‘Rabat’: symbol of Muslim SUPREMACY over its dhimmis)!

Walid DID return SOME of the stolen Damascene Christian churches to the ‘dhimmis’, but NONE could EVER be repaired/preserved without EXPLICIT permission (Cf: ‘Pact of Omar’) & FEW SURVIVE!

Syria’s Christians were killed/enslaved/converted to Islam in 200 years & are now only 10% of its population.

Now these CONNED, GULLIBLE Swedes are giving their building to the Muslims like ‘dhimmis’!

Syncretism (AKA "Chrislam") will prove to be a DANGEROUS illusion as the 2 religions are absolutely IRRECONCILABLE, people's vain hopes notwithstanding!

READ the Bible AND the Koran & you'll SEE that Islam's "Allah" is NOT “Yahweh" & "Isa" is NOT "Jesus of Nazareth”!

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