The Tri-Faith Initiative is a project that intends to co-locate a synagogue, a mosque and a church on the same physical campus. So far, only Rabbi Azriel’s Synagogue has been built, but fundraising continues apace for the mosque while the Christian church partner is determined.
Originally, the Episcopal Church had stepped up to form the final leg of the triad, going so far as to invest in a million dollar-plus plot of land on the campus (which they are now trying to unload) before deciding that this project wasn’t for them after all.
The new church being solicited for partnership is Countryside Community Church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, and worship home to Warren Buffett’s daughter, Susie. Yes, that Warren Buffett.
Countryside has entered into an exploratory phase, ostensibly to determine the nuts and bolts of uprooting their congregation, but many inside the church are of the opinion that the decision has already been made, and the present gyrations are merely part of the “sales process” necessary to gain the approval of the full congregation.
Ms. Buffett’s involvement in this project predates the entrance of Countryside Community Church. She has been a member of the Tri-Faith board since its inception, and has long been rumored to be the “anonymous non-Muslim donor” who has pledged to provide whatever money is necessary to build the mosque.
At a recent Town Hall meeting held by the Mayor of Omaha, Jean Stothert, Ms. Buffett was overheard saying words to the effect of, “the mosque already has enough money [to be built], but even if it didn’t, I’d make sure it did!”
Ms. Buffett was reacting to strong pushback against the project by citizens of Omaha who have become concerned with the involvement of groups known to the FBI and the Department of Justice to be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dr. Mark Christian, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute reacted to Ms. Buffett’s remarks by saying “She wants this, and she really doesn’t seem to care about anyone else,” adding, “of course she has security of her own, so perhaps that is why she doesn’t appear to care about my security, or that of the citizens of Omaha.”
Dr. Christian has good reason for concern. He is an apostate Muslim living under a fatwa calling for his death, due to his conversion to Christianity some ten years ago. His father and uncle in his home country of Egypt are both high-ranking advisors to the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, his great uncle was one of the founders of the international terrorist group.
He has expended a great deal of time and energy trying to alert the members of the Tri-Faith board, their associated congregants and the people of Omaha about the dangers presented by the involvement of Muslim Brotherhood front groups in this project.
He has presented the Board members with reams of documentation backing up his assertions – not from his own work mind you, but from the work of the FBI – and has been by turns ignored, slandered and threatened with harm both legally and physically if he continues to ask the very reasonable question: “What possible benefit can these groups provide that could ever outweigh the bloody baggage they carry with them?”
Rather than answer this very reasonable and simple question however, the Tri-Faith board has instead engaged in character assassination and doctrinaire misdirection tactics worthy of the most adept acolytes of Saul Alinsky.
The groups in question have all been named as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the largest terrorism funding trial in American history. These groups, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) are well-documented front operations for the Muslim Brotherhood in America. Two of them, ISNA & CAIR, were directly involved in laundering money through fake charities to fund Hamas operations.
Each are prominently featured on the Tri-Faith website, and then-President of ISNA, Ingrid Mattson, was the keynote speaker at the city-wide gala celebrating the launch of the Tri-Faith project.