Muslim-Baptist Friendship in US Movie
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CAIRO — Showing off commonalities between American Muslims and their non-Muslim compatriots, a US documentary is exploring into the Muslim-Christian friendship in America.
“We hope the documentary provides positive narratives for relationships between Baptists and Muslims, narratives that begin to challenge the negative narratives that dominate American culture,” Robert Parham, head of the Baptist Center for Ethics, told the Tennessean Saturday, January 2.
The hour-long documentary, “Different Books, Common Word”, features five friendships between Muslims and Baptists across the US.
It showcases how Muslims come to the help of non-Muslims in crises, providing aid and shelters for hurricane victims.
The movie also highlights how Christians rush to help and show solidarity with Muslim neighbors after their mosque were burned by White supremacists in 2008.
The documentary further features American Muslims as compatriot people who also have a sense of humor.
“We’re working together to try to get people to see we have more commonalities than differences,” said Orhan Osman, executive director of Institute of Interfaith Dialogue in Oklahoma City.
“We want to help people to understand both faiths and make new friendships.”
The documentary, produced by EthicsDaily.com, an affiliate to Baptist Center for Ethics, is part of a series of movies meant to reconcile spiritual and political conflict.
The film will be aired by the ABC affiliate TV stations this month and in February.
The movie aims to show that all religions are against violence.
“We have extremists in both our faiths,” said Bruce Prescott, executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists.
Timothy McVeigh, a US Army veteran and security guard, was convicted of bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.
A 23-year-old Nigerian was arrested last week after trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic plane over Detroit.
“We need to do all we can to convey that individual extremists are just that — individual extremists,” said Prescott.
He voiced hope that the documentary will help shed light on the problems that result when people stereotype others because of their faith.
“We’re just trying to find some common ground to promote peace.”
American Muslims, estimated at between six to seven million, have been in the eye of storm since the 9/11 attacks.
They have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights and took the brunt of the Patriotic Act and other anti-terror laws.