While the focus remains on Pope Francis’ peace initiative in the Middle East and his prayers at the barrier separating the Palestinians and the Jews…
Renewing the appeal made by former pontiff Benedict XVI, Pope Francis called for “universal recognition” of “the right of the State of Israel to exist and flourish in peace and security within internationally recognized borders.”
“At the same time, there must also be a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign homeland and their right to live with dignity and with freedom of movement. The “Two State Solution” must become reality and not remain merely a dream,”
…there are several other issues the Pope discussed that might not get the same play in the media.
Right now the Arab lands including the Palestinian territories are becoming Christianrein as Christian Arabs are terrorized and slaughtered with abandon. The Pope has decried persecution of Christians both in the Middle East and around the world and in Bethlehem he had this to say about Palestinian Christians
The pope also expressed his concern for Palestinian Christians, who he said contributed “significantly to the common good of society” and deserved accordingly to be treated as “full citizens.”
In Jordan a land where religious freedom is supposedly guaranteed but there is oddly not a single jew he said this:
“Religious freedom is in fact a fundamental human right and I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world.”
He also affirmed while in Jordan the right of people to change one’s religion. And in Jerusalem while he again talked about the plight of Christians.
It’s worth noting that none of these are an issue in Israel but all of these are serious issues in Arab/Islamic lands including the Palestinian authority.
These are all good word and important words to say aloud but as a pilgrim said in Amman:
I don’t think he can change things, but he can make people think
While the various jihadist groups are playing nice during this visit until their change nothing will.
Exit question: If the Arabs are treating their Christian brothers in this way why would any Israeli assume they would be treated any better if given the chance to have power over them?
I talked to one of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist who serve there. There are two huge tanks of holy water that feed the two taps in the Creche.
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist are an order formed by Mother Angelica of young men. They serve at the Shrine, at the Monastery, and at the John Paul II Eucharistic Center and do the heavy labor to keep up the ground, but their most sacred task is Eucharistic Adoration:
Prayer is an essential part in the life of any Christian, and is especially so for a Knight.
Spending time in adoration before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the MOST IMPORTANT “work” of our day. The Knights take scheduled shifts for adoration throughout the workday for prayer and to protect our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
One thought, these knights are a celibate order and hold positions of responsibility and honor. These young men people to admire and I suspect I speak for many Catholics who would say we are proud of these young me.
Imagine if these values were celebrated by society as a whole. Picture for a moment if a person like Elliot Rogers had the support and example of fellow young men like these, dedicated to prayer and service. How might something like that have re-written the tragic story of this week?
Previous president Alvaro Uribe brought the FARC to its knees. Current president Juan Manuel Santos began peace negotiations with the FARC in Havana, Cuba, in November 2013. Throughout the negotiation period, the FARC have continued their criminal activities, attacking the Colombian army, killing military and civilians, kidnapping an American, and sheltering international terrorists, as
the FARC continues to control swathes of territory and mount attacks on army patrol and oil pipelines.
Voters would pass a referendum containing unpopular measures such as the transformation of the FARC into a political party and special treatment in the justice system for crimes committed by guerrillas, as part of a package that ends half a century of bloodshed, Santos said.
In addition to Santos’s sweet deal deal, FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez, a.k.a. Timochenko, in a rambling video celebrating the FARC’s 50th anniversary (video in Spanish), asked for the abolishment of the Colombian military. Essentially, this would place the the closest Western ally in South America in the hands of the terrorist group, their ‘dream of effective peace.’
The president launched the talks in 2011. He says he is committed to a settlement with the narcoterrorists that will end the conflict while delivering justice to their victims. But the rebels publicly insist they won’t spend even one day in jail. Many Colombians don’t trust a deal between thugs and a president who seems too eager to get a deal. They prefer Mr. Zuluaga’s emphasis on security. He believes the only way to end the violence is to defeat the enemy militarily.
Experts agree that Zuluaga would jack up miltary and police operations against rebel groups across Colombia, as he would likley not be involved in negotiations with the guerrillas. This would lead to greater confrontations with armed groups, but possibly would increase security for people who work in the countryside, who are most subject to kidnappings and extortion at the hand of the guerrillas.
Since neither Santos nor Zuluaga were able to get more than 50 percent for victory, there will be a runoff election on June 15.
The results will have consequences affecting the security of the entire hemisphere.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.
Jonathan Carey, founder and executive director of BlueStar, a San Francisco-based Israel advocacy and public relations organization, believes Geller’s ads will only end up offending and alienating people.
“I don’t think anyone following the news would be surprised about radical Islam, but this is not something for a poster in the public realm,” he told The Times of Israel.
An organization run by an anti-Mulsim blogger has purchased billboards on the sides of twenty Washington DC Metro buses featuring Adolph Hitler and calling for an end to ‘all aid to Islamic countries.’
The Council on American-Islamic relations has spoken out against Geller’s pictures, calling it a propaganda campaign “designed to incite hatred against American Muslims”.
In defence of the Washington Post they at least had a 2nd article with a fair summary of why the ads went up.
It began when the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) launched bus ads during the April Cherry Blossom Festival condemning U.S. aid to Israel because of that country’s continuing occupation of Palestinian territories.
Then on Monday (May 19), Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative countered by deploying 15-foot-long ads on 20 buses in the Washington, D.C., system that equate opposition to Israel’s policies with Nazism. One ad shows the grand mufti of Jerusalem meeting Hitler during World War II.
The controversial advertisement, which will be displayed in about 20 metro buses, shows Hitler meeting with anti-Jewish Islamic leader Haj Amin al-Husseini during World War II.
Read those articles, you’ll see they say a lot about Pam’s ads, how they’re “inflammatory”, unhelpful, some call them racist (is Islam a race?) but there is one term that they haven’t used to describe these ads.
It is interesting how the media never look into what is said in the ad – that Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran or that two-thirds of all U.S. aid goes to Islamic countries. No. They just obsess over my unmitigated gall to repeat it. It’s my saying it that’s the problem. The truth is the problem.
And don’t forget these ads were reactive. They were placed to answer ads run against Israel. If those ads had not run, these ads would not either.
The left will never forgive Pam for saying this truth aloud, particularly in a way that gets people asking questions, because CAIR’s facade can’t stand up to the truth.
Protests are growing in Jamaica after the sacking of a leading Caribbean authority on HIV/AIDS because he testified as an expert witness on behalf of religious groups who favor an anti-sodomy law in Belize.
Oh “expert witnesses” you know about those hired hacked in courtrooms, I bet he doesn’t know the first thing about AIDS or care at all about the people who are infected right?
Dr. Bain has served as an advisor on pharmaceuticals and infectious diseases to the Jamaican Ministry of Health since 1980. He is an active member of the Pan-Caribbean Partnership against AIDS (PANCAP) and sat on its first Board. He is an inaugural member of the Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (TCHARI), established in 2006 with support from the US National Institutes of Health. In 1989-1990, Dr. Bain was appointed by the Jamaican Ministry of Health as the first National HIV/AIDS Staff Trainer for hospital and laboratory personnel. In that capacity, he designed and led a series of on-site workshops and seminars for all categories of staff in the 21 public hospitals of Jamaica and their associated microbiology and pathology laboratories.In the 1990s, he led the first national educational workshops on HIV/AIDS for healthcare personnel in Belize and the Cayman Islands. In August 1999, he started an out-patient clinic for persons living with HIV/AIDS at UHWI and has inspired the commencement of a similar clinic at the Kingston Public Hospital.
OK so he has a background treating AIDS patients and helping those with the disease but still in this day and age people can’t just say things that gay people might find offensive, particularly in court. Things like:
“the relative risk of contracting HIV is significantly higher among men who have sex with other men in Belize than in the general population,”
If you haven’t read Prof Bain’s affidavit, I encourage you to do so. … It is difficult to find much objectionable in it. Most interestingly it doesn’t seem to take the militant stance that on one hand some Christians are celebrating, and on the other, HIV/AIDS workers are criticizing him for. For the most part the document simply makes the undisputable point that for both biological and social/cultural/behavioural reasons — the HIV virus is passed on to Men who have sex with Men with something that approaches efficiency. The figures are simply staggering…. Bain’s affidavit does not take or register a stance against gay communities or gay men. It earnestly steers clear from such opinions and tries to stick to the figures….
A university has fired a leading AIDS expert who has spent decades fighting and studying the disease for creating a report that states something everyone including the community fighting AIDS knows is a fact.
If one can be fired from the Anglophone Caribbean’s premier University for stating a scientific fact under oath to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in a Court of Law, what does this imply about freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of conscience and worship, not only in that University and the Governments who sponsor it, but in the region as a whole?
It implies that the gay community will do anything to conceal the fact that the primary purpose of the war on AIDS it to enable people who are deliberately behaving in a way that greatly increases the chance of catching and spreading the deadly disease to continue such behavior without consequence.
That’s bad enough but if you want to know the information that people really don’t want out there, here it is:
The odds of a man and a woman catching AIDS or any sexually transmitted disease who:.
1. Refrain from sex before marriage
2. Marry a person who does the same
3. Remain faithfully monogamous to their spouse during marriage
are only slightly better than me successfully building a working TARDIS in my lifetime.
By an odd coincidence this is exactly what Christianity teaches one should do. In other words the right thing is also the smart thing.
If you want to know what Christianity& Christian belief is being redefined by the media as “anti-gay” this is it.
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