August 16, 2016 – Faith & Politics: Religion As A Wedge Issue
Season 9, Episode 33
A political sparring match around religion and patriotism – on this episode of Friends Talking Faith with The Three Wise Guys we’ll discuss faith and politics. United States Army Capt. Humayun Khan (pictured right, below) led an infantry company in Iraq and was killed there on June 8, 2004 just north of Baghdad — his parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan (pictured right, above), appeared at the Democratic national convention. During his brief speech Mr. Khan addressed a question to the Republican candidate for president, Mr. Donald Trump, asking, “have you even read the United States Constitution?” Then, pulling a copy of the Constitution from his coat pocket said, “I will gladly lend you my copy.” This set off a bitter political feud between the Khan family and the Republican presidential candidate. Sen. John McCain stepped into the fray referencing Capt. Khan as a hero, who saved hundreds of American lives by placing himself in the path of a suicide bomber in Iraq, and quoting the Christian Scripture, “greater love has no man than he who would lay down his life for his friends.” Sen. McCain called for restraint from the Republican candidate for president and stated that America was a better country because the Khans had immigrated here from the United Arab Emirates. We’ll have a special guest who is herself an immigrant from Pakistan today to shed light from her perspective on questions about women and the Muslim faith. Ms. Ghazala Asghar, the place of women in the Muslim faith, and issues of politics and religion on this installment of Friends Talking Faith.