Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Vatican Finally Stands Up To Islam?

Abandoning the "Turn the other cheek" advice (That is more often than not used completely out of context) the Vatican is finally speaking out against Islam...specifically the treatment of Christians in Muslim countries...

“Enough now with this turning the other cheek! It’s our duty to protect ourselves.” Thus spoke Monsignor Velasio De Paolis, secretary of the Vatican’s supreme court, referring to Muslims. “The West has had relations with the Arab countries for half a century…and has not been able to get the slightest concession on human rights.”

De Paolis is hardly alone in his thinking; indeed, the Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic shift from a decades-old policy to protect Catholics living under Muslim rule. The old methods of quiet diplomacy and muted appeasement have clearly failed.

...This reality of oppression and decline stands in dramatic contrast to the surging Muslim minority of the West. Although numbering fewer than 20 million and made up mostly of immigrants and their offspring, it is an increasingly established and vocal minority, granted extensive rights and protections even as it wins new legal, cultural, and political prerogatives.

This widening disparity has caught the attention of the Roman Catholic Church, which for the first time is pointing to radical Islam, rather than the actions of Israel, as the central problem facing Christians living with Muslims.

...Obtaining the same rights for Christians in Islamdom that Muslims enjoy in Christendom has become the key to the Vatican’s diplomacy toward Muslims. This balanced, serious approach marks a profound improvement in understanding that could have implications well beyond the Church, given how many lay politicians heed its leadership in interfaith matters. Should Western states also promote the principle of reciprocity, the results should indeed be interesting." (Read the whole story)

This really gets to the heart of what bloggers have been saying about the Danish cartoons... Muslims demand 1,000 considerations and do not reciprocate even one. This is precisely why so many in the West are resentful. They demand "human rights" but subjugate their women and torture Christian missionaries found in their midst. They demand equality for Muslims living in the U.S. or Britton, yet non-Muslims living in Saudi or Morocco have no rights...

Here is a great example: Target any "white person".

I criticize the Catholic Church often, so it's only fair that I commend them when they do something I respect. Now let's see if they put any conviction and action behind the words...

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