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An item in the news that is of interest.

I was impressed with Pope Francis I when he was announced as the new pope. Being a first in many things (Jesuit pope, non-European pope, etc.), the pope really surprised me by washing the feet of not only detainees but also two women in the detainees. I think he will be good and bring some change into the church.

Pope washes feet of young detainees in Holy Thursday ritual by Claudio Lavanga, NBC News (28 March 2013)

ROME – Since he was elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has proved many times over that he wants to break away from clerical privilege, come down from St. Peter’s throne and act as a humble servant of the faithful.

And on Holy Thursday he reinforced the idea that he will champion social outcasts and the poor by washing the feet of a dozen young inmates in a juvenile detention center.

Ever since I learned the pope was resigning, I have been wondering how a name is chosen for the pope. This gave me my answer.

“What’s in a name? Clues to be found in next pope’s moniker” by Laura Smith-Park, CNN (4 March 2013)

The secret election to pick a new pope has yet to begin. But whoever is picked may already be mulling over a choice of name — and what it means.

The Forever Imminent Apocalypse

All of you know that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation. In fact he will only be pope for a couple more days. In several news and gossip articles, there is mention the Prophecy of the Popes. According to this prophecy, Pope Benedict XVI (soon to be Bishop Joseph Ratzinger) is the second-to-last pope of the Catholic Church. The next pope is supposed to see us to the end of the world, or at least the end of the “city of seven hills” (most likely Rome).

Let’s just say that this is likely just another apocalypse theory. It seems that people can’t go long without finding some other possible way and time for the world to end. Yes, the world will end some time, but it’s very likely that it won’t end in the next one thousand years. If homo sapiens can manage to live until the end of the Solar System, then there is nothing to fear for the next 4.5 billion years. That’s according to scientists’ prediction of when the Sun will cease to exist as it is now. For those of you who are Christian, here’s a quote from the Book of Matthew (KJV):

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

~ Matthew 24:35-36

Remember, there will always be someone out there who says “the end is nigh.” It is your choice whether you believe this, but no one will really know when the world ends. In the grand scheme of things, it does not matter when the world will end. What really matters is what we say and what we do in the present.

Also, God bless Bishop Joseph Ratzinger and whomever the next pope will be.

 

Unwarranted Taunting and Violence Mar Arab Festival

A man with children dance in a circle, while International Yemen singer, Abdul Rahman, sings on Saturday, June 16, 2012. This was on Warren Avenue during the 2012 Arab International Festival in Dearborn. Thousands attended the annual event for fun, music, and food.

Let’s discuss a recent article in the news: Christian Taunts and Violence Mar Arab Festival in Michigan(Dolak). Christian protesters traveled across the country to Dearborn, Michigan, where they taunted the attendees and went so far as to sever a pig’s head. They held the head for three days at the 17th annual Arab International Festival. Long story short, violence broke out between festival goers and Christian protesters by Sunday.

There were three things that the protesters and signs were noted to saying:

  • “You’re going to burn in hell.”
  • “Muhammad [Islam’s prophet] is a . . . liar, false prophet, murderer, and child molesting pervert.”
  • “Islam is a religion of blood and murder.”

It’s one thing to disagree with the beliefs of another religion, which is fine. It’s another thing to attack them (verbally, written, physically, etc.), which is not okay.

“You’re going to burn in hell.”

This has been said too many times throughout history. Why people have this belief, let alone say it, is beyond me.

This was said by a missionary. I don’t know about you, but saying or yelling this at me is not going to get me to convert to that faith. I’m not one of those people who joins a religion because someone threatened me. Also, most other faiths don’t believe in hell.

Anyway, this was not the time or the place to even attempt saying this. This was a festival to bring people together, not to tear them apart.

“Muhammad is a . . . liar, false prophet, murderer, and child molesting pervert.”

Believe what you want about Muhammad. He may or may not be a prophet. I’m not here to argue either. Muhammad is the Muslim prophet. Any violence associated with Muhammad you find online has to do with survival. The pagans of the land wanted him and his followers dead (“Muhammad”).

“Islam is a religion of blood and murder.”

This statement is completely false. Islam is a religion of peace and love. This comes from people falsely thinking that every Muslim is just like the extremists.

Christians also need to take a look at their own history. Christianity is full of blood and murder. Let’s begin to list a few:

  • Spanish Inquisition
  • Salem Witch Trials
  • Deaths because of “heresy”
  • Stoning that is commanded as punishment for breaking certain commandments.
  • Every war, battle, and conflict done in the name of God

This list goes on.

Conlusion

Kaseeem Allie said (Dolak):

This festival is designed for people to have fun, to celebrate and enjoy their background and cultures. And for someone to come in and make something negative out of it is very unfortunate.

The Christians who were part of the protest give Christians a bad name. Shame on those of you who were part of the protest. You could have chosen to learn about Islam, or you could have avoided the festival entirely. There was no need for this.

Stop the hatred. Stop the violence. Stop the ignorance.

Start loving. Start understanding. Start being respectful.

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