There are an estimated 6 to 7 million Muslims currently living in the United States. Nearly 50,000 of them are expected to gather on Capitol Hill today for a prayer rally in Washington DC. According to event organizers the purpose of the day of prayer is to “pray for peace and understanding between America and its Muslim community.”
As one might imagine the reactions have been mixed and sometimes heated. Many emailers and bloggers have been furious, citing the 9/11 attacks and expressing other anti-Islamic sentiments. Others have embraced the Muslim community’s demonstration as a patriotic gesture, similar to the Promise Keepers event on Capitol Hill in 1997.
How do you feel about it? When the evening news shows crowds of Muslim worshippers will feelings of fear come to the surface? Do you see this as a threat? Or do you see this as people of a different faith merely praying for their government the way we Christians are encouraged to do in 1 Timothy?