Published: Wednesday, Dec. 8 2010 12:00 a.m. MST
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.
Yeah - the Catholic Inquisition was before the 1800's......
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
@ 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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