Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Opening Statements and..Sort of a Rebuttal Period in the Debate in Queens, NY
06/30/2009 - James White
Q&A and Closing Statements in the Imam Shamsi Ali Debate, Queens, June 25, 2009
06/26/2009 - James White
Video Presentation of Opening Statement
06/25/2009 - James WhiteHere is a small video version of my opening statement. By using the pause button you should be able to follow my opening statement pretty easily. I hope this is useful to those listening live (or, I would guess, for those who listen later as well!).
Live Webcasting of the Muslim/Christian Dialogue Tonight!
06/25/2009 - James WhiteWell, it is time to try out that new little PC. TQuid will be helping to monitor the unit for me, so if we have a break in the stream he should be able to get it back up (a luxury I won't always have in all my debates). Click here to get to the webcast page, then use the method best suited for your system, just like listening to the Dividing Line.
Now, make sure to check back on the blog for additional information half an hour prior to the debate!
John Gilchrist vs. Shabir Ally, Durban, South Africa
06/08/2009 - James WhiteI just received notice that a debate will be held on June 23rd, 6pm in the Durban City Hall in South Africa between John Gilchrist and Shabir Ally. I look forward to the recordings! I will be most interested in listening! It is being sponsored by the Islamic Propagation Center, Ahmed Deedat's organization. I confess I find it a little difficult to see how Shabir fits in very well with Deedat's claims. Shabir would have to admit Deedat made many basic errors of fact and understanding in his commonly viewed and praised talks against Christianity. And I wonder how those folks will handle Shabir's view that Jesus was crucified, but that he didn't die? I was thinking just a few days ago about some of the responses Shabir gave in London in our two debates back in November, and I really wonder how the South African Muslims, raised on a steady diet of Deedat, would respond? Or will Shabir adjust his replies? One thing is for sure, the IPCI will post the talks, so we will be able to find out!
The Amazing Ignorance of the US Government Regarding Islam
06/03/2009 - James WhiteI'm behind on the news, I guess, but just read this comment from President Obama:
Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there's got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.I'm sorry, but when the "top man" in the nation is this utterly ignorant of the actual geopolitical situation, it is just frightening. The actual number of Muslims in the United States is not known. Muslim advocacy groups inflate the number wildly, up to 6 and 7 million. The most recent Pew Research Center information says 2.3 million. But no matter how you parse the numbers, how can President Obama be so massively misinformed? Even at 7 million, the most inflated number, the Muslim population in the US would not be anywhere near "one of the largest" Muslim populations. And how do you get from even that claim to a "Muslim nation" anyway? Such rhetoric truly makes you wonder about the pre-election talk about Obama's Muslim heritage, it is so wildly out of balance with the truth. The level of understanding of the actual theology of Islam and its relationship to Sharia and practice demonstrated by the large majority of those in positions of governmental authority is truly alarming.