Religion is one of humanity’s sore subjects. While most religions preach peace, they spend a lot of time fighting each other over who preaches peace better.
Every religious fight, in one webcomic.
But sometimes when the world is about to tear itself apart, religious people recall the better parts of their faith and work together to achieve great things.
1. Egyptian Muslims and Christians Watch Each Others’ Backs
During Egypt’s revolution in 2011 the government cracked down on dissenting democracy advocates and many people were afraid to go out. Amidst the struggle, Christians and Muslims did a radical thing: They went to each others’ services.
Muslims acted as human body guards, surrounding Coptic Christians as they held Christmas masses and Christians reciprocated by surrounding mosques near Tahrir Square during the fighting.
No one harms our neighbors. Amir still hasn’t returned my tablesaw.
2. Memphis Church Welcomes Mosque
The Ground Zero Mosque controversy caused right-wing Christians to protest and occasionally burn down any new mosque being constructed.
But more levelheaded voices also appeared. Pastor Steve Stone of the Heartsong Church spoke up. A new mosque was being built across the street and three days after learning it he put up a welcome sign and even let the mosque use the church while they were building the mosque.
Plus the sign took pressure of Pastor Stone to come up with Biblical puns on the regular sign.
3. Cashmir the Great Loves Jews
Cashmir the Great was king of Poland from 1333 until his death in 1370, a time when Jews were often subject to abuse and occasional mob violence. He reaffirmed Jewish rights, made kidnapping Jewish children for the purpose of baptism punishable by death and severely punished desecration of Jewish cemeteries.
Some attribute Cashmir’s actions to Esther, a Jewish lover and mother to his children. He affirmed Jewish rights long before meeting her, but being openly supportive of Jews could have only helped his chances with Esther. For the purpose of this article, we’ll assume Esther looked like Lizzy Caplan.
4. A Muslim Family Holds the Key to Jesus’s Burial Place
Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered by many Christians to be the place where Jesus was resurrected, and the Romans built the church to honor the spot. However, many rival factions of Christianity have fought over possession of the church.
When Muslims took over Jerusalem they resolved the fighting by putting the church in the hands of the Muslim Nuseibeh family, who hold the key to the church. Since 1300, the family has kept the Christian factions from fighting while maintaining the church.
However, Nuseibeh parents cannot stop their children from fighting over the Playstation.
5. Paris Mosque Saves Jews
During the German occupation of Paris in World War II, a lot of Jewish people found themselves cut off and unable to escape the Nazi war machine. While several stories have been told of who stepped in and helped Jewish people escape or hide from the Germans, one story that is often overlooked is the Paris Mosque. Many Sephardic Jews in Paris had origins in North Africa and could speak Arabic and pass for Muslim.
Apparently Hogan’s Heros took place in Paris.
The imam of the mosque gave documents certifying Jews as Muslims, and was even called before the Nazis who suspected what he was up to. We can imagine the halal hijinks that ensued.
6. Christians Raise Medical Money for Atheist
With the right to free religion, America’s religious wars are less “war” than pissing matches between atheists and Christians over school prayer and public Ten Commandment monuments. It generally brings out the worst in both sides. But sometimes not.
Patrick Greene, an atheist who threatened to sue Henderson County in Texas over a nativity scene on public property, was forced to retire from his taxi job when he faced a detached retina. Mounting medical bills made him dropped the lawsuit. Rather than gloat, Christians cut him a check for $400 to help cover his living expenses, later growing to at least $3,500 through an online donation campaign.
Greene later converted to Christianity, only to go back to atheism one month later.
He didn’t even last as long your embarrassing Rasta phase freshman year in college.