Ethics: Muslim Friend Attacked While Having Lunch!

What would you do Wednesday!

OK here is the scenario. In an effort to reach out to a Muslim friend in light of all the anti-Muslim sentiment, I took a Muslim friend to lunch. I hoped to get his perspective on the anti-Muslim attitudes, see if he has experienced any hate, and, most importantly, share the gospel with him.

While I have only known him for five months, he has been in the U.S. for about five years. He assumes most Americans identify as Christians or have some connection to a church.

We decided to meet at 11:30 to beat the lunch crowd. I pulled up at the cafe, met my friend out front, shook hands, and went inside to eat. It was a regular day at lunch.

Getting more comfortable as our food arrived, I asked a question. “What is the difference between practicing your faith here in America vs. in your home country?” “Well,” he replied, “Practicing Islam in Saudi Arabia is…”

“Go back to Saudi Arabia!” shouted an eavesdropper. “Get out of our country!” the man said in anger, “You’re not wanted here!” “Yeah!” shouted another man.

What would you do in this situation?

  • Defend your friend, get the manager, and ask the guys to leave.
  • Leave with your friend.
  • Sit in silence waiting for this episode to pass.
  • Or…

Here I blog…


p.s. Unfortunately, this post is based on a real incident that happened at Kerbey Lane Cafe.

tagged as , in Christianity,Church Issues,Culture,ethics

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1 Vernita S December 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

This is a good question indeed, Mark. Well…….I would defend my friend. In an attempt to defuse the misconceived tension brought on by an eavesdropper who definitely didn’t have the fact nor the truth, I would be as rational as I could be, under the circumstances, and attempt to bring clarity. However, if that didn’t alleviate the tension, I would ask for the Manager.

In cases such as these, jumping to the wrong conclusions can create serious problems. And, we must be careful that we don’t add fuel to the flame. But, I feel that in such a case, speaking up for my friend would be warranted.

2 Mark Lamprecht December 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

I agree. Thanks!

3 Kol January 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

Having recently been involved in a similar situation I had to call the police and have them intervene.

4 blackxino January 19, 2016 at 11:24 pm

defend or leave

5 Grant April 6, 2016 at 5:11 am

I would defend him. I’d also ask the interrupting eavesdropper a few questions.
– What does “our country” mean? How did it become yours?
– How would they feel if the same happened to them if they travelled to another country?
– Why, exactly, is the Muslim man “not wanted” in a country so passionate about liberties?
– What do they know of that this Muslim man has actually done to be unwanted?

There are many other questions that could be asked, but I suppose its not even about that. If they persist, call the manager. If they persist even then, call the police. If they are unhelpful, leave.


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