By Dave Luecking | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @legacyCatholic
Estimates of the Muslim population in St. Louis range from 30,000 to 100,000, and 23 mosques dot the St. Louis landscape, according to the archdiocsan Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
As such, St. Louisans, especially St. Louis Catholics, need to learn about Islam and its culture.
"It's really important for us in St. Louis," said Msgr. Michael Witt, emphasizing the population numbers. "This is reality. It's time for us to understand that and to understand where they're coming from. There are a lot of prejudices and misconceptions out there."
Earlier this month, 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped while working in Libya were beheaded by an extremist group. As reported by Catholic News Service, the brutal killing was depicted in gruesome detail in a video released Feb. 15 on a pro-Islamic State website.
"Jerusalem," which took five years to make, packs a lot of material into a 45-minute movie.
Daniel Ferguson, director, writer and co-producer, said that the people he first approached were concerned that he had an agenda or was using it for propaganda. "It took a thousand cups of tea," he said in a visit Oct. 3 to the St. Louis Science Center, where the movie is showing several times a day.