Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

The Middle East is at the center of global events these days and we forget from Sunday School when and where the drama started—Abraham’s sons Ishmael and Isaac.   The brave military personnel from my community are right in the middle.


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Muhammad Ali once said the problem with Atlanta is that it is surrounded by Georgia but the Two-State Solution is not about our state and the “Cairo” President Obama is visiting is not in syrup-making Grady County. 

The comprehensive speech President Obama made today outlines the history of Islam that was not covered in my comprehensive high school.  Obama’s personal history uniquely qualifies him to mend the damaged relationship between America and the Muslim World.  But, he did not blink regarding our support for Israel’s right to peaceful exist.  What Obama did today was less John Wayne cowboy mentality and more Sidney Poitier 60s smooth.

I wonder how many southerners recognize that Abraham had two sons –Isaac and Ishmael—and that Ishmael is a prophet in Islam.   

Genesis 21:17-21 (New International Version)

 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

President Obama is correct in supporting the Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine because that conflict needs resolution.  At the risk of hyperbole, Obama speech on Islam and the Muslim world is one of the top ten presidential speeches of all time to me and could “simmer down” our conflict with the followers of that faith.   I particularly liked the way our president used passages from the Quran and Holy Bible to illustrate that terror was wrong.   


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(Okay this actually an old post from January that covers what we should know about the three religions that grew from Abraham.)

I would have paid better attention in Sunday School and junior high if I knew that Israel and the Arab States would always be in the center of world news.  Two different historical views are found below. 

I can’t call it but someone needs to figure out a way to peacefully solve this situation because other parts of the world have.  But, I can respect that three major religions started in that region and none of them should completely leave. 

On a lighter related note, it’s cool when people say that the indigenous people of America should have had a better illegal immigration policy—they got robbed royally of two continents and we got stolen from a third stolen continent to toil….. (Don’t get me started)



 Brief History of Israel and the Jewish People


 Brief History of of Palestine, Israel and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle East Conflict)


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