Militant Islam: A Wake-Up Call for Catholics


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MILITANT ISLAM: A WAKE-UP CALL FOR
CATHOLICS AND THE WEST
by Fr. Paul Stenhouse, M.S.C., Ph.D.

Over past weeks, two unprecedented signs of hope involving militant Islam and the West, and two events that give cause for concern, have gone almost unnoticed. They barely created a blip on the screens of the well-oiled media machines that are minting money from the daily updates they provide on terrorist atrocities, suicide bombings, kidnappings and general mayhem for readers of newspapers, and for TV viewers around the world.

The first sign of hope was a Security Council resolution that supported the full independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon, and called on Syria to withdraw all its armed forces from Lebanon. US Ambassador to the UN John G. Danforth explained: ‘We have called on the Security Council to … support the Lebanese people in their ability to make their own national decisions, free at long last from outside coercion and dictate’. 1 The long-suffering people of Lebanon, Christians and Muslims alike, and Lebanon-watchers generally, have been waiting almost 30 years to see the Syrian lion called to heel. It remains to be seen whether the young lion - Bashar al-Assad - proves more compliant than his late tricky father, Hafiz al-Assad.

The second sign of hope was given by the US State Department that designated Saudi Arabia as a ‘country of particular concern under the International Religious Freedom Act for particularly severe violations of religious freedom’. The State Department report identified the victims of Saudi oppression as Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Mandaeans and Sufi Muslims. 2 It remains to be seen whether this isolated flash of reality-politics will usher in a new era of realism in US relations with the corrupt Saudi regime whose Wahhabism has spawned much of the terror and hatred of the West that has plagued the world not just since September 11, 2001 but since the 18th century.

The first cause for concern involved calls by Spanish Muslims for Cordova Cathedral to be ‘returned’ to them as a Mosque. Father Samir Khalil, a Professor at St Joseph’s University in Beirut and the Pontifical Institute for Oriental Studies in Rome commented that the support given to this call by certain Spanish government members showed ‘how much Europe had lost its identity’. He went on, ‘many Spanish Muslims have the idea of re-conquering Europe’. None of the Spanish Muslims seemed aware that before Cordova Cathedral was turned into a Mosque in 750 AD by Yusuf bin Abd al-Rahman al-Fihri, it had been the Church of San Vicente. Spanish Catholics, unlike their English counterparts, managed to regain possession of confiscated Churches. Politically correct bluster should be met by them with cold facts, not crass acquiescence in historical gobbledegook.

The second cause for concern was an article 3 by John Christopher Hughes Davies who writes under the name of Christie Davies. The article begins by suggesting that there is no need to fear a violent conflict in Britain between Islamists and the non-Islamic population. Most Muslims living here, writes Davies, are just as concerned as their nominally Christian neighbours about health, education, employment, their children, home ownership, superannuation and retirement in comfort. They are not going to put these at risk, nor do they feel any great animosity towards their Christian neighbours with whom they must deal on a day-to-day basis.

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Respect the first one The Cathedral of Cordova, the Vatican has said NO, to the muslims Sean, and they are now something quieted, but only for the moment, but each day more concerned news about muslims in Europe goes out
theasiannews.co.uk/heritage/index/11543.html
In this 61% of brittish muslims want to have the shariah in Britain for them( for the moment) and 80% want to censure the critics to islam, greetings


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The West is doomed. Bad enough it lost its Catholic identity, now its just rolling over for Islamists. The armies of the barbarian have been defeated but liberals have made our modern defeat inevitable.

Anthony


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barbarians can be converted and easily become model citizen. but liberals can’t

“The best Romans are often northern barbarians” Henry James


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I live in Spain and I don’t know what would be worse: the highly blasphemous and irreverent anti-catholicism we have right now or islamic opression we would have if muslims come back to reclaim what was never theirs…

What a shame…

u_u


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[quote=Giennensis]I live in Spain and I don’t know what would be worse: the highly blasphemous and irreverent anti-catholicism we have right now or islamic opression we would have if muslims come back to reclaim what was never theirs…

What a shame…

u_u
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Well you could always ask that the Spanish monarchy reintroduce the Spanish Inquisition, only this time it should be the liberals that go before the tribunal.

It is very sad to see Spain being treated in this way. You have fought so hard for so many years in an attempt to defeat these uncouth marauding muslims and now you are back to square one because of a bunch of revisionist historians who cannot get their facts correct.

MaggieOH


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Or that the Spanish people elected a socialist govt . . . :rolleyes:


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[quote=Franze]Respect the first one The Cathedral of Cordova, the Vatican has said NO, to the muslims Sean, and they are now something quieted, but only for the moment, but each day more concerned news about muslims in Europe goes out
theasiannews.co.uk/heritage/index/11543.html
In this 61% of brittish muslims want to have the shariah in Britain for them( for the moment) and 80% want to censure the critics to islam, greetings
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Islam is a false pagan religion. No Christian should have anything to do with it : Islam hates Jesus Christ and murders Christians. The only thing Islam understands is brute force.


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[quote=reformedandfree]Islam is a false pagan religion. No Christian should have anything to do with it : Islam hates Jesus Christ and murders Christians. The only thing Islam understands is brute force.
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Yes, I know this, but I don´t want to kill them, I want to spread the truth and stop the heresy because Christ is God.


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[quote=reformedandfree]Islam is a false pagan religion. No Christian should have anything to do with it : Islam hates Jesus Christ and murders Christians. The only thing Islam understands is brute force.
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You do realize that Islam views Jesus as being just about the greatest prophet of all time, don’t you? He is respected by them about as much as Muhammad is. They don’t hate Jesus.


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[quote=Rand Al’Thor]You do realize that Islam views Jesus as being just about the greatest prophet of all time, don’t you? He is respected by them about as much as Muhammad is. They don’t hate Jesus.
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An athiest respects Jesus about as much as Muhammad…
Satan also respects Jesus a little less than Muhammad…

…what are you trying to say? Who should we side with? (HINT: “If you’re not for me, you’re against me…”).

Peace, brother.
RyanL


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Funny how you guys are so worried about " militant Islam". Don’t you thrust God? Whatever He wills will happen right?

peace,

deen


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[quote=deen]Funny how you guys are so worried about " militant Islam". Don’t you thrust God? Whatever He wills will happen right?

peace,

deen
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Deen,
Do you not trust that this may be God’s way? It seems that maybe God is using this forum to open all of our eyes to his true glory. If we are not willing to express and stand up for what we believe in, what kind of faith do we really have? The God of Christianity is a God of hope and love and mercy. It is a shame that there appears to be no hope, love or mercy in the God of Islam. I pray that the moslems find hope, that is the only way that the Iraqi’s and Afghani’s will be able to find freedom from hateful militant leaders that enslave them in the name of Islam. I don’t want to get political here, but there has to be freedom from fear for a people to survive. That freedom is born from hope, something the common moslem in the middle east seems to be lacking.


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[quote=BlestOne] The God of Christianity is a God of hope and love and mercy. It is a shame that there appears to be no hope, love or mercy in the God of Islam.
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This really indicates your lack of understanding about Islam.Have you even tried to visit some of our realiable sites ?:

islamtomorrow.com

sultan.org

In that first site, you will be surprised to see former priests, pastors, Catholics, etc who embraced Islam. Yes, this could be a sign…for Christians who are sincerely seeking for the truth.

Peace,

deen


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[quote=RyanL]An athiest respects Jesus about as much as Muhammad…
Satan also respects Jesus a little less than Muhammad…

…what are you trying to say? Who should we side with? (HINT: “If you’re not for me, you’re against me…”).

Peace, brother.
RyanL
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Peace be with you Ryan!
I said that because he posted “Islam hates Jesus Christ”. Well, that is just not true at all. I made a comparison between Jesus and Muhammad (who everyone knows Muslims respect greatly) so that he could see that they DON’T hate Jesus. That’s what I was trying to say.

In Christ,
Rand


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