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Commingled Religious Roots
Reading “Did Jesus Pray to Allah?” made me think about the millions of Spanish-speaking Christians who invoke the name of Allah by using the Spanish word ojalá, and Portuguese-speakers who use oxalá. Both are derived from the Arabic Insha’Allah which means “if Allah wills it” and are left over from 800 years of Muslim control of the Iberian Peninsula. In common parlance it means “hopefully,” and nowadays it’s a reminder that our commingled religious roots go deep.
McGovern on Iraq
Here’s an anecdote sparked by Robert G. Duffett’s article “The Gospel According to George McGovern” (March 2014): When invited to a World Food Day dinner at a local college, I was anxious to hear one of my heroes, McGovern, who was the featured speaker. His talk was well-received and was followed by questions. I asked, considering his struggle against the Vietnam War, how he felt about the war in Iraq, then just beginning. Was there anything different about this war?