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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 8 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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ECR
Burke, VA

Just because there was no justification for the anti-Catholic behavior (such as 9/11, the Cole, etc.) doesn't mean it was just as volitile and sinister as the bigotry experienced by Muslims today. Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr. characterized prejudice against the Catholics as "the deepest bias in the history of the American people" and conservative Peter Viereck once commented that (in 1960) "Catholic baiting is the anti-Semitism of the liberals." Historian John Higham described anti-Catholicism as "the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history."

And just because a handful of the world's larget religious body choose to distort that religion into a philosophy of violence and evil does not give anyone the right to offer a blanket prejudice for the faithful followers of that religion.

Bubble
SLC, UT

Yeah - the Catholic Inquisition was before the 1800's......

Brian the engineer
Columbus, OH

I thought it was a perfect comparison, because so many Americans today seem to forget that Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and not Islam. Making a blanket bias against Muslims seems equally irrational as the anti-Catholic behavior described in the article.

Considering
Stockton, UT

See the report in the media today (google for it) about the majority of muslims in this nation wanting to see their religious dogma exerting greater influence on public policy and politics. I also note the large number of muslims and imans in this nation who are silent, rather than condemning, Islamic terrorism.

Christians roundly and loudly condemn the Westboro church. The vast majority of whites roundly and loudly condemn neo-Nazis and other racists. Most adults condemn pedophiles. Most men condemn spousal abuse. But one is hard pressed to find very many muslims willing to publicly condemn terrorism. Why?

Why is it that one can ridicule every sacred cow in the world EXCEPT anything to do with Islam? Offend muslims in any regard and you have a price on your head.

I'm sure individual muslims CAN be tolerant and live in a pluralistic society. But as a religion, belief system, and culture, all evidence seems to suggest that Islam is not compatible with a free, pluralistic, society and secular government.

ECR
Burke, VA

Considering said, " I also note the large number of muslims and imans in this nation who are silent, rather than condemning, Islamic terrorism.

"Christians roundly and loudly condemn the Westboro church. The vast majority of whites roundly and loudly condemn neo-Nazis and other racists. Most adults condemn pedophiles. Most men condemn spousal abuse. But one is hard pressed to find very many muslims willing to publicly condemn terrorism."

What you say is not true. A brief internet search will find countless condemnations of Islamic terrorism BY MUSLIMS. On the other hand I have not heard loud condemnation of Westbrook, neo-Nazis, pedophiles or spousal abusers. I have heard some but not loud condemnations, not enough. I think it has more to do with where we are looking for those condemnations than whether or not they actually exist. Muslims, at least the ones I know, are usually passive and not prone to public displays and so maybe that is part of the answer. In any case I don't think their lack of loud condemnation, whether real or imagined, is justification for bigotry and prejudice.

LOL
holladay, utah

To Bubble:
"Catholic Inquistion?"
Are you referring to the Spanish Inquisition?
The Spanish Inquisition was never sanctioned by Rome and The Vatican.
I thought EVERYBODY knew that.

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: LOL | 4:14 p.m.

Could you come up something that actually a little more relavant,

(mu how anti-christian like yo live in the past,

and much of the siuperstious things done in that persiod were happening in religions and cultures all acroos the world and were not unique)

rather bringing something that happened HUNDREDS of years ago?

(by the way the inquistion was a reply to muslims previouisly attacking and taking over spain for a period)

While Muslims are STILL beheading people, stoning people, and doing many other barbaric practices.

Bubble
SLC, UT

@ LOL: According to the Catholic Education Resource Center, there were 3 phases of Inquisition within the Catholic Church. The second "phase began in 1478 when, at the request of the Spanish sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella, Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84) issued a papal bull allowing for the creation of the Spanish Inquisition. It lasted until it was formally abolished in 1834, although its most fervent activity was during the 15th and 16th centuries."

Sounds pretty sanctioned to me.....

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