Wasn’t it Katie Couric who said that the most underreported story of last year was the rise in Islamophobia in America? I think many Christians would disagree with her. But at least the president of France is speaking out firmly; not so our own president who himself claims to be a Christian.
“We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly wicked programme of cleansing in the Middle East, religious cleansing,” [Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France] said in an annual New Year’s address to religious leaders.
An attack on a Coptic church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria on January 1 killed 21 people.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for that attack, which came after threats published online against Egypt’s Copts from an Al-Qaeda-linked group in Iraq which had said it was behind a deadly assault on a church in Baghdad in October.
Forty-four worshippers and two priests died in the attack on a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad in October, the worst of a series of attacks against Christians in Iraq.
Police in France and several other European countries have boosted security at Coptic churches which were due to celebrate Christmas on Friday, according to the eastern Orthodox church calendar.
Pope Benedict predicts a mass exodus of Christians from the Middle East and Africa due to the increase of violence and murder:
Benedict singled out the “reprehensible attack” on a Baghdad cathedral during Mass in October, killing two priests and more than 50 other worshippers, as well as attacks on private homes that “spread fear within the Christian community and (create) a desire on the part of many to emigrate in search of a better life.”
The Vatican voiced concerns that the steady flight of Christians from Iraq will effectively eliminate the ancient community there.
“At present, Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith,” the pontiff asserted, and cited Christian communities suffering from violence and intolerance particularly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Holy Land.
He blasted what he called “more sophisticated forms of hostility to religion, which, in Western countries, occasionally find expression in a denial of history and the rejection of religious symbols which reflect the identity and the culture of the majority of its citizens.”
MediaMatters lives to pillory Fox News for being too conservative — at the same time, it tries to drive moderate commentators off Fox programming.
MediaMatters doesn’t want balance on Fox News. MediaMatters doesn’t want an exchange of ideas. MediaMatters wants to push Fox further to the right. Its toxic tactics are designed to widen the left-right divide in America by marginalizing not only conservatives, but anyone who associates with conservatives.
I’ve talked to people at CAIR and MediaMatters. I know folks who work for NPR. They all think they’re smart, and yet they’ve just sent a bonehead message to the American public.
Way to go, ye titans of tolerance. You’ve just broadcasted that an African-American moderate with a solid civil-rights record can lose his job and be branded as a bigot for quoting a convicted terrorist and admitting to a moment’s hesitation if he sees someone in Muslim garb on a plane. Debra J. Saunders/Rasmussen Reports
Imagine the outrage if this school had taken these children to the cathedral in Boston and the Catholic priest did anything like this. What would the liberals be screaming then? What happened to ‘separation of church and state’ in this case?
I don’t know why it’s taken over 4 months for this incident to surface.
Just for a moment imagine if this story wasn’t about Catholics but Muslims instead. Or imagine Catholics were as militant as Muslims and their pope issued a command to kill the maker of these videos – which I am not going to link to because I’m not going to aid in increasing his viewership. Imagine if the maker of these youtube videos had to go into hiding, like the girl who started the “Draw Muhammad day” on Facebook.
Recently, Jimmy Kimmel made fun of Christine O’Donnell’s commitment to Biblical teachings regarding lust, sex and marriage. O’Donnell is a Christian and believes in monogamy and fidelity to a spouse. She believes in abstinence.
Why is it okay with the liberals to attack and ridicule Christians but not Muslims? Why is it a cultural imperative to be tolerant of Islam but not Catholicism, Christianity or Judaism? There is no threat from those groups, that’s why. They aren’t going to take to the streets or stalk and assassinate an offender. No one is going to be waiting in the shadows by Kimmel’s car with a knife to slit his throat and he knows it.
The story I linked to in the first paragraph is appalling, regardless of your religious or non-religious affiliation and if you go to the website, and if the spirit moves you, please sign the petition to get his horrible videos pulled from youtube.