by John L Allen Jr, NCReporter, on Feb. 04, 2011
"...why don’t attacks against Christians in places such as Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, India and Pakistan, to cite just a few recent examples, generate the same outrage among Christians in the West that similar oppression directed against followers of other faiths elicits among their coreligionists?
According to the German-based relief agency “Aid to the Church in Need,” fully 75 percent of all acts of religious intolerance in the world are directed against Christians. Yet in the court of popular opinion, the mythology persists that Christians are more likely to be the oppressors than the oppressed.
The most recent example of reticence came Tuesday, when the Foreign Ministers of Europe, meeting in Brussels, couldn’t agree on a specific reference to Christians in a declaration condemning religious persecution. The fact that Europe is the cradle of Christendom makes the omission not only ironic, but also an index of Europe’s ambivalence about its Christian heritage...
No matter what the causes, it’s appalling that the suffering of Christians around the world has not stirred the Christian conscience in the West to a greater degree. It’s especially shocking that American Christians have not reacted more strongly to anti-Christian violence in Iraq, given the responsibility the United States bears for creating the conditions in which that insecurity could metastasize.
Disappointment ought to be particularly acute among Catholics, since Catholicism prides itself on forming a communion of saints linked by bonds of solidarity that transcend both time and space.
Perhaps what the Christian world needs is precisely the call to conscience that a thoughtful, evocative Holocaust literature would elicit. May its moment come, and that right soon...[Source NCR here]
--->PRI: Rwandan men (many Catholics) to be coercively sterilized...(click) "Steven W. Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, expressed outrage today at a clear instance of U.S. tax dollars being used to aid a coercive campaign to sterilize 700,000 Rwandan men in 3 years. The program is being carried out under the active influence of at least two USAID-funded special interest groups: Intrahealth and Family Health International. Mosher vowed that PRI would "do everything in its power" to expose and halt the use of U.S. taxpayer funds on this campaign against the Rwandan people" ...See more on other Rwandan horrors..., if you can bear it.
David L. Gray
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--->Nietzsche - Toward Total Eclipse: 'Straying as through infinite Nothingness...' (click) "...the thoughts by which Nietzsche seeks to assimilate the existential realities which follow [from his anti-philosophy], and which can only be expressed here in stark metaphor ("drink up the sea... wipe away the whole horizon.... loosened this earth from its sun... stray(ing), as through infinite nothingness...")
--->WSJ: The Weather Isn't Getting Weirder. The latest research belies the idea that storms are getting more extreme...
--->Lawyer: Musharraf accused in Bhutto death... Note: Is it not the case that many or most assassinations of heads of state or their rivals in history are political assassinations and not generally the acts of lone crazed gunmen?
--->AP Analysis: Military coup was behind Mubarak's exit...
--->Haaretz: Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation. Radical Islam will be result of U.S. push for democracy, Mubarak told Israel's Ben-Eliezer during a phone call on Thursday...(Click) [As has been said, the US, like most nations, has no friends, only "interests"]
--->Egyptian Army Commits To Civilian Power Transfer, Peace With Israel...
--->Borders Bookstores Bankruptcy Coming Next Week...
--->The Acrimonious: "Jesus could work no miracle because they rejected him ... He was amazed at their lack of faith..."
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