Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis Too many are becoming party apparatchiks By Michael Brendan Dougherty | May 6, 2014
ope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I’d like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church.
Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to the day-to-day musings of their pope. The Roman pontiff’s theological speculations have been of almost no interest to Catholics throughout history, and never became so…
Islamic fanatics burned nuns, slit the throats of dozens of students at a school, murdered members of a polio vaccination team, bombed restaurants and markets, massacred over a hundred villagers and even waded into a train station (above) to stab over thirty Chinese commuters to death – all in the past week. People were slaughtered explicitly in the name of Allah in a dozen other countries as well.At the same time, Muslims are the only people who attach the word “phobia” to the end of their religion and pretend that it is irrational to even think that Islam is different or dangerous.
Islam’s Latest Contributions to Peace “Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are harsh
to the unbelievers but merciful to one another” Quran 48:29
2014.03.05 (Baghdad, Iraq) – Sunni bombers strike a Shiite neighborhood, taking out at least eight innocents.
2014.03.04 (Qaisar, Afghanistan) – Sunni hardliners roll up on a checkpoint and machine-gun seven local cops at point-blank range.
2014.03.03 (Jakana, Nigeria) – Gunmen shouting praises to Allah invade a small village and kill nearly fifty innocents, some by burning.
2014.03.03 (Pulwama, India) – Muslim terrorists murder two people transporting food.
2014.03.03 (Hawija, Iraq) – al-Qaeda bombers take out two mourners at a funeral.
2014.03.03 (Islamabad, Pakistan) – At least eleven people are pulled into pieces by a suicide bomber inside a court house.
* Sources for individual incidents can be provided upon request.
Apparently these passport control officers thought that asking this Muslim woman to show her face would have been “Islamophobic.” The obvious problem, of course, is that the person inside the niqab could have been anyone. We have recently seen men use niqabs and burqas to conceal their identity and commit crimes and to escape from police custody. It’s simple common sense that in any situation where one is required to show identification, one should be required to show one’s face. But this is not an age of common sense. Not by a long shot.
It is clear that Gilani is right: the Taliban is out of touch to demand Sharia in a state that already oppresses women, terrorizes non-Muslims with blasphemy charges, and gives active aid to Islamic jihadists. An update on this story. “Sharia already enforced: Gilani,” from The Nation (Pakistan), February 10:
How can the Guardian realistically expect to end this practice if it is afraid to expose the Islamic justifications for it? No, Muslims did not invent female genital mutilation, and are not the only people who practice it. But they are the only group whose theological and legal traditions contain justification for it.
Until that changes, many more women will fall victim to this practice, no matter what the Guardian does.
Muhammad is said to have justified the cutting of women’s genitals: “A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 41.5251) The problem with this is that the distinction between cutting and cutting severely is subjective.
Some Islamic authorities say that this is a weak hadith. That’s wonderful. I hope they manage to convince every Muslim authority …