In view of the genocide against Christians, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, which traditionally keeps a low profile, issued the following (emphasis added):
This Pontifical Council, together with all those engaged in interreligious dialogue, followers of all religions, and all men and women of good will, can only unambiguously denounce and condemn these practices which bring shame on humanity:
-the massacre of people on the sole basis of their religious affiliation;
-the despicable practice of beheading, crucifying and hanging bodies in public places;
-the choice imposed on Christians and Yezidis between conversion to Islam, payment of a tax (jizya) or forced exile;
-the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of people, including children, elderly, pregnant women and the sick;
-the abduction of girls and women belonging to the Yezidi and Christian communities as spoils of war (sabaya);
-the imposition of the barbaric practice of infibulation;
-the destruction of places of worship and Christian and Muslim burial places;
-the forced occupation or desecration of churches and monasteries;
-the removal of crucifixes and other Christian religious symbols as well as those of other religious communities;
-the destruction of a priceless Christian religious and cultural heritage;
-indiscriminate violence aimed at terrorizing people to force them to surrender or flee.
No cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarity.
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The dramatic plight of Christians, Yezidis and other religious communities and ethnic minorities in Iraq requires a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, as well as those engaged in interreligious dialogue and all people of good will. All must be unanimous in condemning unequivocally these crimes and in denouncing the use of religion to justify them
While the persecution of Christians in Muslim lands is nothing new, the horrific actions demand a universal condemnation of ISIS. John Allen explains,
It’s the lived reality of the new caliphate proclaimed by the Islamic State, which means that the Vatican and other Christian leaders are no longer so worried about the aftermath of a conflict. They’re much more preoccupied by the here and now, and thus more inclined to back anyone who seems prepared to do something about it.
It is not, however, a general call to arms; Ed Morrissey comments,
This looks, Allen said, like the Vatican’s attempt to “cash in on 50 years of ecumenical outreach” in order to marginalize ISIS. The Council’s question is a challenge to their partners, demanding some investment in the risks of peace and tolerance. Pope Francis’ last two predecessors both took a lot of criticism for their efforts to reach out in dialogue with Muslim leaders. Now it’s time to see whether those leaders and their successors have the same fortitude, or whether these have just been empty gestures all along. If after decades of engagement these leaders cannot bring themselves to condemn the forced conversion, beheadings, ethnoreligious cleansing and flat-out genocides of ISIS, then it leaves very little value in continued engagement from the Vatican’s perspective.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s Blog.
…all you have to do just jump to 18:48 on this clip and hear the president answer the question:
“Do you have any 2nd thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?”
and act shocked SHOCKED that anyone would think pulling American forces out of Iraq was the least bit his idea:
The question is at 18:48
Think about this for a second. We live in the internet age, an age where the entire world has a camera at the ready. This president ran on the idea of “ending” what he called George Bush’s wars and boasted of his success in Iraq in 2012. These campaigns were meticulously covered by a press that cheered these decisions and were debated and discussed all over the media and the net.
Yet this president felt comfortable saying in a public forum that pulling US troops completely out of Iraq was not his idea.
I mean c’mon Jazz Shaw didn’t even have to go to a news site to contradict this nonsense:
“After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011,” he said. “So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.”
In fact Ed Driscoll doesn’t even have to go farther than the President’s own twitter feed:
FACT: President Obama kept his promise to end the war in Iraq. Romney called the decision to bring our troops home “tragic.”
Why he making this case, a case so week that it takes no effort to disprove it? Because he knows that the voters who elected him will not put in even that small effort. They may hear a sound bite here and there if they bother to pay attention to the news at all but, and what they do hear will be spun by the president’s supporters who know these people neither have a clue nor care to.
The only thing that drives what this administration says is: Will it serve their purpose at the time it is stated?” It doesn’t matter if the facts support what the President says as long as a talking point can be repeated unchallenged to people who will never know or care if it is true or not.
That says something really bad about the Obama administration but it says something worse about the electorate.
As monthly goals have not been working out let’s bottom line things.
We need a total of $7225 to cover the rest of the expenses for the year.
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