The Common Good

Evangelicals Should Avoid 'Muslim-Baiting,' Says Professor

Date: September 15, 2012

David Gushee, founder of the organization Evangelicals for Human Rights and professor at Mercer University, told The Christian Post that evangelicals should not participate in projects like the anti-Muhammad film that sparked violent protests in the Middle East.

"We certainly need to have no participation in what you might call 'Muslim-baiting.' If we know that attacks on the character of the prophet Muhammad evoke predictably violent reactions, it's just foolish and unwise and immoral," said Gushee.

In addition to Gushee, the first panel for the day included Lisa Sharon Harper, director of Mobilizing for Sojourners and the founding executive director for the organization New York Faith & Justice; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA); and Kate Gould, lead lobbyist on Middle East Policy Issues for the pacifists Quaker group Friends Committee on National Legislation.