This is a followup to the threads on the Cardinal's comments on Islam that appeared a few days ago. It appears that the Archdiocese has posted the full text on their web site. The Footnotes can be referenced at the link.
posted on 05/07/2006 5:51:21 PM PDT
("The secret to happiness is short-term, stupid self-interest!"-Calvin)
I love this part
"Luxenbergs meticulous analysis suggests that the Arabic word for maidens is in fact a mistranscription of the Syriac word for grapes. This does strain common sense. Valiant strivings to be consoled by beautiful women is one thing, but to be heroic for a packet of raisins seems a bit much! "
To: From many - one.
One of the best lines:
In the past pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Given the well known harmful effects of enviro-nuttiness (millions dead from the bans on DDT, for example), the green pagans are actually quite prepared to resume human sacrifice.
posted on 05/07/2006 6:10:47 PM PDT
Reviving and updating an old tagline...
posted on 05/07/2006 6:17:23 PM PDT
("Allah" = Satan in disguise)
The next Pope, who will take the name Urban IX???
posted on 05/07/2006 6:22:48 PM PDT
"Can Islam and the Western democracies live together peacefully?"
In a word NO.
posted on 05/07/2006 6:25:01 PM PDT
posted on 05/07/2006 6:25:25 PM PDT
(Dig deeper, more ammo.)
"In the past pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods. Today they demand a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions."
Thanks for posting this, the more I hear from Pell the better I like him.
posted on 05/07/2006 6:28:12 PM PDT
by Fred Nerks
(Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
Islam means subjugation for us all. Islam and the Left are the enemies of freedom. Live free or die.
posted on 05/07/2006 6:32:43 PM PDT
by Free ThinkerNY
((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
Wow, what an insightful piece!
This took courage. Thank you, Cardinal Pell.
The time is fast approaching when all of us must take sides.
posted on 05/07/2006 8:06:00 PM PDT
(Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
These two examples show that there is a whole range of factors, some of them susceptible to influence or a change in direction, affecting the prospects for a successful Islamic engagement with democracy. Peace with respect for human rights are the most desirable end point, but the development of democracy will not necessarily achieve this or sustain it.
The Founders were not interested in democracy as an end in itself. They were striving for a system that would preserve Liberty, and a Constitutional Republic was judged the best means to secure Liberty.
Pure democracy tends to degenerate into mob rule, characterized as "two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner"
posted on 05/08/2006 5:53:37 PM PDT
(A planned society is most appealing to those with the hubris to think they will be the planners)
posted on 05/08/2006 8:55:02 PM PDT
(The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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