Today I’m 1 wibyear old. I threw a party but only Wibwife turned up. What am I going to do with all this cybercake and alcohol? Anyway… Happy wibbirthday to me, happy wibbirthday to me, happy wibbirthday dear T&E, happy wibbithday to me.
In other news:
The house did not go through today. On the final leg we found that there was a charge on the property from a disabled grant that had been given to the previous owner. However everything is set to go through on Monday instead.
Did you see the story about the Pope managing to annoy the Muslim world?
All he said was: "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."
This is a direct quote from Emperor Manuel II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire and the Pope made this clear during his speech. He then went on to say that people saying things like this are what caused problems in relationships between Christians and Muslims. As Christians we should approach the issue from a more forgiving and Christlike attitude.
Why is it that they missed this part and only led on the quote from Manuel II? Are the media not to blame for this rather than the Pope? Can’t people manage to connect a quote to the rest of the message? Maybe people just want to cause problems between the 2 faiths.
You look around the world at the treatment of religious faiths in Muslim and Christian countries. Which faith is the more tolerant of others? Yet which one screams the loudest at even imagined slurs on their beliefs?
I’m not saying that all Muslims are at fault here. We have as many intemperate Christians, just remember the Rev Pat Buchanan and his call for the assassination of Fidel Castro. Normal Christians have the duty to call for greater understanding but there has to be a limit where we say enough.
Our Christians brothers and sisters are persecuted throughout the Muslim world. Our politicians do very little about this. When did you last see a news story or a documentary crying out against this persecution?
Yes, we should accept that others hold different beliefs. No, we should not call for Holy Wars or pogroms against non-believers. However we should have the pride and duty to stand up and be counted.
Why are our voices never heard as loudly as those of the Muslim world? Why are we supposed to giveway on every occasion to appease others, without highlighting the wrongs done to our fellow believers?