September 17, 2006


This has become even more ridicuous than the cartoon outcry


Just like spoiled 2-year-old children, the uneducated and extremely ignorant Islamofascists of the world are throwing multiple tantrums over a speech that Good Pope Benedict made.

This is ridiculous. They are denying their own history when they pretend that Islam was not spread by the sword. That was what the Crusades were all about - recovering the lands and the people who had been taken over by the Muslims.

They are even threatening war. (As if they had not already started one!)

And the MSM is responsible for much of this. Some reporter, somewhere, pinpointed just a few words from a lengthy, scholarly speech and published only them as if they were the words of Pope Benedict. The freaking media needs uproar to be happy, and this time, they caused it.

And it took until Friday for the 'outrage' to come out because the Muslims didn't know about the speech until they went to their mosques to pray.

So there is all this Arab anger. And their 'religious' leaders encourage it so the people will forget about their miserable lives. Muslims are brought together by hatred of the non-Islamic world.

And the thing is this - they are pissed off because the Pope intimated that violence to force people to convert to a religion is unreasonable, and that religion must be reasonable because we have a reasonable God.

We do not believe that God is capricious. He is reasonable.

So, the people who claim to speak for all of Islam decide that is a terrible offence against them. And in their anger, they commit violence - and apparently they are so blind as to not see the irony of that.

They cannot prove that Islam is not violent by being violent. Yet, this is what they threaten - violence.

Please, I know there are Muslims out there, somewhere, who do not want this violence, this terrorism. Why are they not speaking up? Why are they not apologizing for the behaviour of the so-called Arab Street?

Why, when some incredible act of terrorism occurs in their name do they only worry about a backlash against muslims? Why do they not condemn and apologize for the actions of their brothers?

Are they so afraid of the extremists that they cannot speak themselves? Or do they silently agree with the extremists? Are they secretly thrilled everytime a Jewish or Christian head is severed by the Islamic terrorists?

And you know, it won't matter what the Pope does or says. They just want an excuse to riot and demonstrate their absolute hatred for us.


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Posted by Beth at 07:02 AM

September 16, 2006


Naturally, the anti-Catholic New York Times Demands the Pope apologize


Go read this unsigned New York Times editorial and then come back here.

I'll wait.

Now, aside from the fact that the editorial writer obviously did not read the Pope's entire speech, just where does he/she get off on bitching about Pope Benedict's well-reasoned words? Pope Benedict, has never, ever called for a holy war;, never ever, insisted that someone must die because of a perceived insult to Catholicism, and has never, ever insinuated that by running off and dying while killing the enemies of Catholicism will get you 72 virgins in heaven.

But the New York Times is angry at the Pope for "sowing pain".

When was the last time the New York Times took to task all the Muslims throughout the world who want to kill or force to submit all of us who are Christians?

For more, go to Jihad Watch.

Update: Check out Captain's Quarters, too!

And also read DeoOmnisGloria.com

And this MySpace entry.

UPDATE the Second: Rod Dreher has the best fisking of the New York Times editorial here.

Posted by Beth at 08:23 AM


Pope Benedict


Ya know, I wasn't too sure about this Pope Benedict when he was elected, but now I can say, I am impressed.
I'm so impressed, I might even start going back to church, if this good pope is going to defend my faith instead of pander to the political correctness of these times and pretend that all religions are equally good.

He (Pope Benedict) quoted from a little-known medieval text recording debates between a Byzantine emperor and an educated Persian. The Pope recalled that the emperor had told his adversary: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

Benedict acknowledged the "startling brusqueness" of the remark, but went on to endorse fully the view that "spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable".

Source

The Pope said this (just one paragraph from a long speech)

In the seventh conversation edited by Professor Khoury, the emperor touches on the theme of the holy war. The emperor must have known that surah 2, 256 reads: "There is no compulsion in religion". According to the experts, this is one of the suras of the early period, when Mohammed was still powerless and under threat. But naturally the emperor also knew the instructions, developed later and recorded in the Qur'an, concerning holy war. Without descending to details, such as the difference in treatment accorded to those who have the "Book" and the "infidels", he addresses his interlocutor with a startling brusqueness on the central question about the relationship between religion and violence in general, saying: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached". The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. "God", he says, "is not pleased by blood - and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats... To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death...".
Source

I will bet anything that very few of the reporters and none of the upset Muslims bothered to read the entire text of the speech. It is a marvelous speech, addressing the value of teaching theology in universities. I recommend it heartily. Pope Benedict is truly a brilliant man.

Naturally, the uneducated Muslim crowds, urged on by self-appointed mullahs and imams and what-have-you, are rioting and burning pictures of Good Pope Benedict and demanding a personal apology. Why Pope Benedict should apologize for recognizing the elephant in the room is beyond reason.

And naturally, they are comparing the Pope to Hitler and Mussolini.

I believe that Pope Benedict is surely the man we need as head of the Catholic Church in these times of turmoil caused by the Islamofascists of the world.


Michelle Malkin also supports the Pope. This is one issue I agree with Michelle on wholeheartedly.

Posted by Beth at 07:37 AM

September 15, 2006


Shudder


So, there is this crazy-ass CAIR VP who told a bunch of students that if Jesus was here, He would be a Muslim.

That is one of the most insulting statements to my religion (Catholicism) that I have ever heard.

But guess what - I'm not going to throw stones at embassies or bomb anyone or start a riot because this man is truly being blasphemous when he says something like that. But I am going to say that the Muslims need to just stop. Don't even compare Islam to Christianity. There is nothing at all in common with the two religions.

Nothing.

How can I prove that?

Well, for one, I'm an adult woman who has a clitoris. Unlike an estimated 100 million Muslim women who do not.

We don't believe in slavery. Islam does.

It's unbelievably insulting. It really does horrify me.

And then, there is Rosie, the scary token lesbian on the View (which I have never watched and never will watch and I can't figure out why anyone else would watch it!.)

Rosie believes that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam".

Right.

Posted by Beth at 08:43 AM

February 19, 2006


And yet again . . .


I don't think this is about cartoons anymore . . .

From Michelle Malkin:

MUSLIMS KILL CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA By Michelle Malkin February 19, 2006 08:20 AM Committed "in the name of the prophet Mohammed:" Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.

Posted by Beth at 08:42 AM


The Religion of "Peace" strikes again


Iran's hard-line Islamic spiritual leaders have issued an unprecedented fatwa, or holy order, approving the use of atomic weapons against the country's enemies. Muslim clerics for the first time have questioned the theocracy's traditional viewpoint that Shariah law forbids the use of nuclear weapons. One senior mullah has now said it is "only natural" to have nuclear bombs as a "countermeasure" against other nuclear powers, a reference considered to be the United States and Europe.
(Source)

Now. Just try to imagine any other religion on earth approving not only the production of nuclear weapons, but the use of them!

Posted by Beth at 07:01 AM

August 10, 2005


The only religious prejudice applauded by the Left


Someone tell me why it's OK to continously bash Catholics (even to the point of suggesting that Judges who are Catholic should not be allowed to participate in abortion cases)?

What I find most heinous in the suggestion by Christopher Morris, writing in the Boston Globe. is the idea that there should be "mandatory disqualification of Catholic judges from abortion cases ". (Italics mine)

Go read his anti-Catholics in public life article. Read the last two paragraphs -

One would think Catholic judges would want such a measure in place as a means of honoring their own convictions. That this proposal will no doubt be controversial should not be a reason for failing to pursue it: Political advocacy by religious organizations is on the rise and will only become stronger. If the subject is ducked this time by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it will only come up later in a more aggravated form.

It's time to have this dialogue. Without it, the decisions of our highest court, already tainted by the Bush-Gore election, will increasingly be perceived as self-serving, political, and illegitimate.

.

Now, tell me that this guy does *not* have a conflict of interest of his own here. He wants Catholics to be gagged because his candidate did not win.


Posted by Beth at 06:14 AM

May 04, 2005


"left behind" series


Some people seem to believe that the Left Behind series of books, supposedly based on the Bible, are fact.

Even the authors will say - it is fiction. But what really irritates me is that those people who believe it is true hate Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and more. They will come right up to you and tell you that you will go to hell.

The authors seem to think that the End of the World is coming - the only thing is - even Jesus said that no one knows when the end will happen.

If you all want to read this stuff, or watch the silly ass Revelations on NBC, go for it - but remember - this is all fricking fiction. It is even less real than Survivor or American Idol.

Posted by Beth at 11:01 PM

April 26, 2005


New Pope


The more I read about Pope Benedict, the more I like him. I am very pleased that he loves kitties, apparently as much as John and I do - only we adopt all those strays!

Posted by Beth at 12:57 PM

April 19, 2005


The new Pope


Full Disclosure - I am Catholic. I don't practice Catholicism very well, but I am very much a Catholic.

I am appalled, dismayed and disgusted by all the people in the Blogosphere who are damning the new Pope Benedict because he is not a liberal willing to say that abortion is okay for Catholics. Or, that he doesn't appear to be in favor of female priests. Good Lord - he just got elected Pope today - give him a break, already.

And, by the way - Catholicism is a very old religion - the first Christian religion, and it started with St. Peter. People who don't like the Church's Doctrine can leave any time and join a church that matches their beliefs better. There are plenty of religions out there willing to change what is good and bad to get more adherents - like the Unitarians, and more and more, Episcopalians.

Why is it okay to slam Catholics? Why is it okay to throw fits because the Church is not going to say that homosexual marriage is okay or because the Church (hopefully) will never allow abortion except to save the life of the mother (not the mental health, but the life) or that the Church will never say that sex outside of marriage is okay.

That is the entire point of a religion - to set moral standards - not to change standards to make members feel less guilty.

What many non-Catholics do not understand and do not realize is Catholics understand that we are all sinners. We aim to follow Church doctrine, but if we fail, we can ask for and gain forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Lefties, righties, middle of the road people - this is our faith, our religion. You have no right to stomp your feet and tell us that it should be this way or that way.

It's not like Catholics are trying to force the world to follow Sharia law.

So cut it out.

Posted by Beth at 08:49 PM

September 19, 2004


MadonnaEsther goes to Jerusalem


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Am I just an old fuddy duddy, or does Madonna I mean Esther look just a little bit underdressed for a religious ceremony?

Posted by Beth at 03:40 PM

August 14, 2004


Misogynist Muslims


Karol Sheinin (of Dean's World) linked to this editorial in the New York Post.

I will admit, I cannot stand how Islamic women are treated - actually, I cannot abide how Islam looks at all women.

The editorial explains how it is nearly impossible for most Muslim women to participate in any sports at all.

"The question how much of a woman's body could be seen in public is one of the two or three most important issues that have dominated theological debate in Islam for decades," says Mohsen Sahabi, a Muslim historian. "More time and energy is devoted to this issue than to economic development or scientific research. "

Fundamentalist Muslims are afraid that Muslim men (who apparently have no self control whatsoever) are going to just go completely apeshit if they see a woman's legs or arms or hair.

Hijab theoreticians agree on one claim: a woman's hair emanates dangerous rays that could drive men wild with sexual lust and thus undermine social peace.

And in Iran, the Mullahs have decreed that women may not ride bikes or motorcycles (I imagine horseback riding would be verboten also):

" In 2000, for example, the Khomeinist authorities in Tehran announced a ban on women riding bicycles or motorcycles. The rationale? Riding bicycles or motorcycles would activate a woman's thighs and legs, thus arousing "uncontrollable lustful drives" in her. And men watching women on their bikes in the streets could be "led towards dangerous urges."

I did a little more looking around, and I found that according to some Islamic scholars, Muslim women are not allowed to swim. They can't even learn to swim, even if they are in an all female facility.

Perhaps, with more and more democracy in the Middle East, someday these women will be able to be free to run around a track in comfortable clothing, or learn to swim, or ride a bike.

Posted by Beth at 05:44 PM

May 25, 2004


Dinner talk


S (my co-worker) and I had dinner together last night. S is 26 years old, and is of Indian descent (her parents came here from India many years ago). We get along very well. I kind of feel like a big sister to her sometime - okay, a much older sister, ok well, maybe a mom to her, and we have some interesting discussions.

My friend is a devout Hindu. She is a vegetarian as part of her faith, and she thinks the whole Vegan movement is very silly. She is going to be officially engaged in a couple of months, and is will get married in about a year. S has saved herself for marriage, also as her religion requires.

Somehow, our conversation turned to different religions - and we both felt that all religions have some truth, some value - and then S looked at me and said, of course except for that one religion. And this very kind, sweet, smart young woman said - you know, the whole Muslim thing. And I agree with her.

When I was in elementary school - all girl Catholic school - Mother Earhardt was our religion teacher from 1st to 4th grade. She once said that if you think of a tall tower, with windows all around the top of it, the view outside of each window could represent the different views of each religion - they all see part of the truth, but none of them see all of the truth.

I think that perhaps that Mother Earhardt was wrong - I think that perhaps one religion is in the basement, looking at the dirt around the tower and trying to figure out how to blow up the tower so that all the other religions will perish. So they can force all of us, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Animist, Buddhist, all of us, to face East, kneel and submit to their religion - so they can rule us and enslave us.

I think we need an exterminator to get that rat out of the Tower's basement before the foundation of all of faiths is fouled.

Posted by Beth at 06:10 AM

May 15, 2004


Vatican does something right


Vatican Warns Catholics Against Marrying Muslims

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican warned Catholic women on Friday to think hard before marrying a Muslim and urged Muslims to show more respect for human rights, gender equality and democracy.

Calling women "the least protected member of the Muslim family," it spoke of the "bitter experience" western Catholics had with Muslim husbands, especially if they married outside the Islamic world and later moved to his country of origin.

The comments in a document about migrants around the world were preceded by remarks about points of agreement between Christians and Muslims but they seemed likely to fuel mistrust between the world's two largest religions.

The document said the Church discouraged marriages between believers in traditionally Catholic countries and non-Christian migrants.

It hoped Muslims would show "a growing awareness that fundamental liberties, the inviolable rights of the person, the equal dignity of man and woman, the democratic principle of government and the healthy lay character of the state are principles that cannot be surrendered."

When a Catholic woman and Muslim man wanted to marry, it said, "bitter experience teaches us that a particularly careful and in-depth preparation is called for."

It said one possible problem was with Muslim in-laws and advised future mothers that they must insist on Church policy that children born of a mixed marriage be baptized and brought up as Catholics.

If the marriage is registered in the consulate of a Muslim country, the document said, the Catholic must be careful not to sign a document or swear an oath including the shahada, the Islamic profession of faith, which would amount to converting.

Note the editorial comment by Reuters that I have highlighted.

It was almost just a news article.

Posted by Beth at 07:07 AM

February 15, 2004


On being Catholic in the Bible Belt


I was baptized, Confirmed, First Communioned, Confessed and Married in the Catholic Church. I was also annulled in the Catholic Church. I married John outside of the Church because he is not Catholic and was previously married and would have to go through the annullment process for us to be married in the Church. A silly and ridiculous expense and pain in the ass, in my opinion.

I may not go to Mass very often, but I am still a Catholic, through and through. Nothing is going to change my feelings on that. I may think the Pope does silly stuff - priests should be allowed to be married, for example - but I'm still Catholic. I am pro-life, for example. I believe that life is the most precious gift that God gave us, and we should not take it away from innocents. I also believe the Death Penalty is wrong - because we may take the life of an innocent and because it is unfairly used - not because some evil people should be saved from death.


I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri - in what you could fairly call a Catholic Ghetto (even though we were all middle class or upper middle class).

I had Catholic friends and Jewish friends. I did not meet a person of the Protestant faith until I was 17 - and that was in Dallas, Texas. I had a summer job at Six Flags Over Mid-America (now renamed to Six Flags over St. Louis), and a couple of busloads of us visited Six Flags Over Texas, in Dallas. We stayed with families of kids who worked there. Unfortunately, I drew a family where the dad was a Baptist Minister. He was immediately suspicious of me because my last name was Healy - obviously Irish. He asked me what my dad did for a living. When I told him that Daddy was a Vice President of Falstaff Beer, this minister kicked me out of his house - I had to go and find somewhere else to stay.


When I first came to Kansas City, Missouri for college - way back in 1971 - I came across some rather fundamentalist folk who assured me that I was going to hell and that at Mass, we ate the body of babies born of nuns who had sex with priests.

Yes, that is what a Bible Baptist told me her minister revealed to his flock.

Catholics worship Satan, the minister told them. The Pope is the Anti-Christ. Nuns are whores.

Well, let me tell you, I was rather surprised at these revelations - shocked, I was.

One would think that things would have changed in the past 30 years. One would think incorrectly.

I have met many people - many of them, sadly, military officers and their wives (the Southern Baptist tradition is strong in the military), who literally hate Catholics. I have to stay away from those people, or I will say something that might be damaging to John's career (even though he is retired, he still works with these folks).

The Catholic faith is the one target that most of the media agree on. They can freely rant and rave about the evil that is the Church.

Were they to rant about Islam, there would be a huge uproar by many non-Islamic people.

It tires me to read these objections aimed at the beliefs of my religion. Why is it okay for Muslims to proclaim Jihad against all non-believers, but it's not okay to believe tha abortion is a serious and mortal sin in nearly all cases?

Why do they get to tell us what is wrong with our religion - that we are intolerant of gays because we don't allow gay marriage - that we are unreasonable in not allowing easy divorce, etc., etc., etc?

I don't think it will improve in my lifetime - but it is important to let people know that the prejudice is there, is strong and is unrelenting.

Posted by Beth at 03:26 PM