According to Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslims worship the same god as followers of the world’s other two major religions. In an essay written to support a Wheaton College professor who was fired after making similar claims, Awad said, “From an Islamic perspective, there is only one deity worshiped by Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
“In fact,” Awad continued, “the Muslim declaration of faith (shahada) states: ‘There is no god but God.'”
Awad went on to wave away any differences between Allah and God as linguistic in nature. “‘Allah’ is merely the Arabic translation for ‘God,'” he wrote. “All Arabic-speaking Christians refer to ‘Allah’ in their prayers.”
Awad and CAIR are defending Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor who took it upon herself to make waves at Wheaton, an evangelical Christian school. She was fired after making a Facebook post in December saying, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
Now, you’re going to get a lot of people who say, What difference does it make? Isn’t it better for us to get along?
Well, getting along is just fine and dandy. Nothing wrong with that at all. But if we can only do that by pretending that lies are true, then this proposed truce is built on one damn shaky foundation. There are plenty of things we could just accept as truth in the interests of getting along: Abortion is a woman’s right, police officers are racist bullies, illegal immigrants have just as much right to be here as anyone else. But when you have values, beliefs, and common sense, you can’t just sacrifice your intelligence on the altar of team spirit.
So it is here. If you want to believe that the Allah of Islam and the God of Christianity are only separated by vocabulary, go out and sing it from the highest mountaintop. Sign your emails with it. Take out an ad in the paper. But no matter how aggressively you promote this fiction, it won’t magically morph into fact.
“In blasphemy indeed are those who say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary,” says the Quran.
That’s the whole ballgame. Without falling into a No True Scotsman fallacy, it’s safe to say that you cannot be a Christian without believing in the deity of Jesus Christ. That’s pretty much fundamental. And a Christian college has every right to expect that their professors will not engage in theological nonsense when representing the school.