Jerry Gordon sent this onto to me with this remark, "Below is an excerpt of a letter sent to a colleague by Brigitte Gabriel that gives you some measure of the intimidation of Christians in the Middle East to this day vis a vis the incorporation of "Allah' in prayers and salutations. This is purportedly the Arabic word for 'god'. In reality, Allah was the Moon God in the pre-Islamic pantheon of 360 Arabic tribal gods in the Kabah in Mecca: the prima partes, if you will. Smacks of polytheism, doesn't it. Interesting that a Dutch Christian bishop is benightedly suggesting that "Allah" be used as a term for G-d to engage in righteous dialogue with Muslims who must find him and others like him as nothing more and nothing less than a 'dhimmi'."
Calling God "Allah" by Brigitte Gabriel
All the Christians in the Middle East call God "Allah". This is how the Muslims control any population they dominate. This bishop is out of his mind.
As the Muslims spread out of Arabia into the Middle East and conquered the local populations they forced them to not only to change their customs to adopt Islamic customs but also to change their language. I prayed to Allah as a Christian all my life until three years go (yes this is Brigitte Gabriel writing) when I started really looking into Islam and examining its dominance from an intellectual point of view.
In the Arabic language (Arabic is Muslim) the word for God is Allah. So when we prayed in church, at school or any other place we prayed for Allah to protect us. Even in our "Arabic" language when we greet each other, thank each other, or talk about anything we mention Allah. It is always "Nushkur Allah" thank God; "Be Ethen Allah" God willing; "Subhan Allah" Wonder is to God, when we are talking about a beautiful child, beautiful scenery, or anything that had to do with God's creation.
We do all this and we don't even think about it because it has been a part of our culture since we were conquered by the Muslims centuries ago. Never even questioned it or thought about it and this is me Brigitte Gabriel, die hard Maronite Christian. I just thought that it is only the Arabic language for the word God.
The more I started looking and dissecting Islam and its teaching the more I learned how many practices that we Christians do in the Middle East are Muslims.
When I read Bob Spencer's book, The Truth about Muhammad, I was stunned to learn how I got my middle name "Nicholas." All children in the Middle East be it Muslim or Christian have our father's names as our middle name. If you have 10 children, all ten of them boys or girls will have the same father's name as their middle name. My name is Brigitte Nicholas .......
The Koran Says: "Allah has not made for any man two hearts in his (one) body: nor has he made your wives whom ye divorce by Zihar your mothers: nor has he made your adopted sons your sons. Such is (only) your (manner of) speech by your mouths. But Allah tells (you) the truth, and he shows the (right) way. Call them by (the names of) their fathers: that is juster in the sight of Allah" (33:5)
When I wrote the review about Bob Spencer's book for Front Page Magazine (who asked me to review the book) they took that out among many other statements I made.
I can tell you many stories about how the Christians in the Middle East now are practicing Islamic practices and not knowing it. This Dutch Bishop is out of his mind if he thinks that is going to create harmony between he religions. Just look at what all the harmony of Christians in the Middle East who call God Allah has gotten them: slaughter, rape, killing, torture and being expelled from their own homeland.