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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Dialogue of death

Telegraph: "Yes, those are real skulls" (Photo: CNS)

Recent news articles in the aftermath of the Boston bombings suggest, if not a willful blindness, then a worrying degree of myopia in dialogue with Islam. Damian Thompson carries this account, "Martyred for Christ: 800 victims of Islamic violence who will become saints this month" describing the cathedral of Otranto in southern Italy which is decorated with the skulls of 800 Christian townsfolk beheaded by Ottoman soldiers in 1480. The killings go on.

The Religion & Ethics Blog carries a dialogue on Muslim Antiterrorism in which it is claimed that online predators "misinterpret the religion [Islam] to give it a violent ideology". Vatican Radio carries a report here on Islam and Christianity in Europe. Dialogue is fine; it is praiseworthy that a solution is being sought but it does not address the real problem which is a militant ideology which conflicts with Christianity. Read about it HERE in Death to Churches Under Islam: A Study of the Coptic Church.

Where Muslims are in a minority they are happy to talk while they build bigger and grander mosques. At the same time others are busy injecting a Muslim way of life into communities. Meanwhile in countries where they are in the majority churches are being torn down and Christians persecuted and killed for being Christians. Read here and here how the 'Arab spring' has given way to a Christian winter. Muslim Persecution of Christians continues around the world while in Great Britain we surrender the Christian faith at the earliest opportunity validating other faiths to be 'inclusive' as the Rt Rev John Pritchard put it in 2011 with regard to Church of England schools. Close on his heels came the Rt Rev Nick Baines with the viewChurch of England schools are established primarily for the communities they are located in. They are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, of other faiths and of no faith. - "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man"!

Church and State appear to be oblivious to what is going on in the world around us. Here is query from a Muslim asking, 'is it OK to teach in a catholic school' with 'the Ruling on teaching in a Christian school' given by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid whom I take to be the same as the person giving his views here. In any event, in Saudi Arabia the situation is dealt with simply by the state, Christian churches are banned! Meanwhile we yield more and more ground validating an ideology that is contrary to the Christian belief that there is only one way to the Father.

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