For Some Christians in Oregon, Tolerance is Intolerable

May 10, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

On May 10, 2004 The Oregonian reported, "The removal of Muslim speaker Shahriar Ahmed from the program of the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast of Washington County spurred a call from many in the county's religious community for religious tolerance. But for a large group of conservative Christians, tolerance is simply intolerable if it means saying other religions are legitimate paths to God. For them, belief in Jesus as the son of God is the only way to heaven. Clark Tanner, pastor at Beaverton Christian Church, and millions of other Christians say they believe Muslims and other non-Christians will go to hell after death -- not because they are bad people, but because they have not accepted Jesus as their savior. 'The only thing I can say is what the Bible says,' Tanner says. ; 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.' ; Bruce Miller, one of the few breakfast committee members to support keeping Ahmed on the program, says organizers were concerned that the Muslim leader's inclusion might send the message that Islam is an acceptable path to God."