SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
An interesting video-clip:
It seems to show nine Muslims disowning ISIS violence as “un-Islamic”.
They appear to be sincere.
Nine Muslims represents about 0.000001 percent of the world’s Islamic believers.
When the other 99.999999 percent – or even most of them — make similar statements . . . then things might really change for the better.
In truth, the historical evidence suggests that the Prophet Mohammed himself may not have been likely to identify himself with such a declaration.
Christian believers must pray for peace in the world.
Others must hope for the best.
Pakistani academic accused of blasphemy shot dead in Karachi.
A Pakistani academic known for promoting liberal views on Islam has been shot dead by gunmen – two years after being accused of committing blasphemy in a speech he made in the US.
Dr Muhammad Shakil Auj, Dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi, was attacked by two gunmen on a motorbike as he was making his way in his car to a function at the city’s Iranian cultural centre. A junior teaching colleague was also hit and suffered an injury to her arm.
“A bullet pierced through his head, proving fatal,” senior police officer Pir Mohammad Shah told the Associated Press. “We are investigating the killing. It would be premature to state the motive at the moment.”
The 54-year academic was known as someone who had spoken out on many issues in Islam and written several articles. One of the articles had suggested Muslim women should be allowed to marry non-Muslim men. He had also said Muslim women did not need to remove lipstick or make-up before going to prayer.
In 2012, Mr Auj, 54, had complained to police that four colleagues from the university had threatened him and sent him text messages accusing him of blasphemy.
Independent, September 19, 2014
One Sunday, little Gaga-Jo was going to the Zoo with Mummy and Daddy for a treat.
They told her that Grandpappy was coming, but he couldn’t be there until 11am.
When he arrived, Gaga-Jo asked, “Grandpappy, why couldn’t you come at the same time as us?”
Grandpappy, who had in fact been to Church, tried to think how best to explain . . . .
“Well,” he said, “every Sunday morning I go to a special place to meet a Special Friend who means all the world to me.”
“Oh Daddy,” said little G-J, “Can we go soon to that place and meet Grandpappy’s Special Friend?”
And Daddy replied . . . .
(Please take careful note of this reply because it, perhaps, sums up the Australian culture better than you’ll find it expressed anywhere else.)
Daddy said to Gaga-Jo, “Let’s go and look at the elephants.”
A recent VicHealth survey into violence affecting women is in the news.
Headlines like: “Shocking number of Australians think WOMEN are to blame for rape and domestic violence.” *
And: “One in five Australians believe a woman is “partly responsible” for being raped if she is intoxicated.” **
Being “partly responsible” is not the same as being “to blame”.
Surely five out of every five Australians know that being drunk increases one’s risk of rape or other assault.
It isn’t “shocking” if parents remind a daughter to stay sober at a party for her own safety. It would be shocking if they didn’t.
* Daily Mail
** ABC News Online
Reverend Ian Paisley, Protestant preacher-politician and anti-Catholic rabble-rouser has died.
Back in 1963, when Pope John XXIII died, Rev Paisley said, “This Romish man of sin is now in hell!”
In 2005, when Pope John Paul II died, he said, “We can understand how Roman Catholics feel at the death of the Pope and we would want in no way to interfere with their expression of sorrow . . .”
To a Calvinist-Protestant, seemingly un-convertible, had come a partial change of heart.
Like Saint Paul, on the Damascus road 2000 years earlier, as per the Book of Acts, chapter 9?
Dare we hope for changed mentalities in followers of Islam if the Christian Church commits to living faithful to its peaceful Founder?
Let’s hope so.
Military activities won’t achieve it.
As Pope Francis said the other day at a World War I commemoration:
“War is madness . . . .
“Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep . . . .”
Martin McKenzie-Murray notes Eric Abetz quoting Friedrich Nietzsche’s words that “There are no such things as facts, only interpretations.”
Mr Abetz was criticising the ABC’s “Fact Check” feature.
Martin calls that citation “interesting” — Mr Abetz being a “Christian Calvinist” and Nietzsche “one of history’s most fierce atheists”.
But Nietzsche was a funny kind of atheist.
He contrasted the “facts” mentality with a “perspectivism” comparable to a photographer seeking a subject’s inner essence by shooting from multiple angles.
Such photographers aren’t trying to prove the subject doesn’t exist.
Perhaps the fiercest atheists are Calvinist fundamentalists – with “Christian Calvinist” being an oxymoron.
Their deity “double-predestinates” — creating some souls bound for hell, others for heaven, regardless of how they live. And their mono-angle on the Bible resembles the Islamic State’s stance on the Qur’an.
Calvinists cannot abide Pope Francis.
Nor, perhaps, might the ABC, if they listened carefully.