Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Fasting Against America
Frontpagemagazine ^ | 7-31-07 | Mark D. Tooley

Posted on 07/31/2007 5:57:27 AM PDT by SJackson

Muslim Groups in the U.S. have joined with left-wing Protestants and Catholics in planning an “interfaith fast” on the upcoming “day officially known as ‘Columbus Day,’” according to fast organizers. Called “From Conquest to Community, From Violence to Reverence: An Interfaith Fast to End the War in Iraq,” the day of October 8, 2007 will conveniently synchronize with Islam’s “Night of Power” during Ramadan.

The fasters include officials from the Islamic Society of North America, the National Council of Churches, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Catholic Maryknollers, Sojourners, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, and the Quaker Fellowship of Reconciliation.

What better way to draw religionists together than to transforming the sinister day of conquest formerly known as Columbus Day into a Ramadan fast devoted to opposing American imperialism?!

The interfaith fasters are calling on “all armed forces and militias to ‘fast’ from killing at least for one day, reminding them that Ramadan calls for a fast from violence as well.” They also want to exploit the fast so as to “educate people in our religious communities about electing a president and representatives who are committed to ending this war.”

It’s nice that al Qaeda and other insurgents in Iraq are also invited to join the interfaith fast. Maybe there will be a spontaneous Ramadan soccer game among all the contending parties in Iraq, as during the famously unofficial Christmas Truce between British and German troops in World War I.

“American culture, society, and policy are addicted to violence at home and overseas,” the interfaith fasters explained. “In our time, the hope of a decent future is endangered by an unnecessary, morally abhorrent, and disastrous war. Ending this war can become the first step toward a policy that embodies a deeper, broader sense of generosity and community at home and in the world.”

The interfaith fasters hope to “end the shattering of Iraqi and American lives by offering American generosity and support – but not control – for international and nongovernmental efforts to assist Iraqis in making peace and rebuilding their country, while swiftly and safely bringing home all American troops.”

Calling upon a long religious tradition of abstaining from food for spiritual purposes, the interfaith fasters cited the Prophet Isaiah, Jesus, Gandhi and Cesar Chavez as potent fasters who “changed the course of history.” Strangely, Muhammad is not specifically mentioned in the litany of admirable fasters. Perhaps his own record as a military conqueror makes his inclusion slightly inappropriate on a day meant, in part, to bemoan Christopher Columbus’s “conquest” of America, not to mention modern America’s “conquest” of Iraq.

The interfaith fasters want to condemn all conquest and war. Their underlying assumption is, of course, that the presence of United States forces in Iraq is the sole cause of war there. The departure of U.S. forces will automatically precipitate peace in Iraq, they seem to assume, in an assumption common throughout the Religious Left.

“Today we call for an end to this war, an end to our reliance on violence as the first, rather than the last resort, an end to the arrogant unilateralism of preemptive war,” typically insisted a recent declaration from the 1.1 million member United Church of Christ. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) also recently pronounced that it is, “conscientiously opposing the war in Iraq as an action inconsistent with the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.”

What the Religious Left is denouncing and fasting against is in fact not the war in Iraq per se, but only U.S. participation in that war. These indignant prelates prefer to assume that the war as a whole can be turned off like a car ignition, as soon as the American President decides, or Congress forces him to do so. To acknowledge that the war in Iraq would continue, or expand, absent U.S. participation would be to admit that the U.S. presence is not exclusively responsible for the conflict. For the Religious Left, this admission is unacceptable.

These interfaith fasters have suitably targeted Columbus Day for their time of protest. America’s discovery by the European adventurer marks the start of cultural genocide and Western imperialism, in the minds of Religious Left activists. For them, the Iraq War is simply the latest sinister episode in four centuries of Western and America, aggression, for which Christianity is ultimately responsible.

The interfaith fasters and their various Religious Left allies have little genuine interest in ending the war in Iraq or in the welfare of Iraq’s people. They were not concerned about Iraqi suffering under Saddam Hussein, except as victims of U.S.-supported sanctions. And the interfaith fasters will have no interest in Iraqi suffering under an Islamist regime or under an expansive civil war, if the U.S. does as the Religious Left desires and departs Iraq precipitously.

For the Religious Left, the war in Iraq is an urgent cause only because the United States is the perceived villain. And for the Religious Left, reflexively opposing the United States, wherever it is active, is a theological and cosmological imperative.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: muslimamericans; redjihad; religiousleft; unholyalliance; wot

1 posted on 07/31/2007 5:57:31 AM PDT by SJackson
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Make it a 3 week, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week fast.


2 posted on 07/31/2007 6:00:10 AM PDT by pnh102
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
The interfaith fasters want to condemn all conquest and war.

Of course, the Islamofascists will quit suicide bombings /s

3 posted on 07/31/2007 6:02:38 AM PDT by NRA1995 (To Congress and Mr. President: This is OUR country, and don't you forget it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

PIG ROAST ON COLUMBUS DAY!!!


4 posted on 07/31/2007 6:03:13 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hiraba (war against society) Penalty is death.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

The Maryknollers are working toward extinction.

>>Maryknoll is dedicated to the spread of Liberation Theology throughout the United States and the Third World.
Founded in 1911 as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, Maryknoll had the formal approval of both the American Bishops and the Vatican. For some fifty years, all seemed well. Missions were founded in one country after another, and the society eventually established its presence in all continents.

In 1912 a companion congregation of nuns, the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, was formed and eventually approved by the Holy See. Their purpose was similar to that of theMaryknoll fathers: the bringing of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in need of salvation.

Then Maryknoll embraced Liberation Theology and the promotion of political activities(revolution) in one of the most remarkable changes in a religious organization in the United States. Under the influence of Miguel D’Escoto and others, Maryknoll adoptedLiberation Theology as its primary form of ideological expression. In 1970, D’Escoto founded Orbis Books, Maryknoll’s publishing house. He is also responsible for the change in orientation of Maryknoll Magazine from a traditional missionary publication to an instrument of political indoctrination that is distributed to about one million readers worldwide.

The results of these changes were devastating. From more than 800 priests in 1969,Maryknoll is down to less than 700 today. The nuns have been similarly reduced from more than 1,400 in the 1960s to less than 900 today. Whereas there were 330 major and 447 minor seminarians in 1960, there are less than 25 today. Maryknoll’s five seminaries have all been closed, reportedly, over the teaching of Marxism instead of Christian theology. <<

They may as well fast their way into extinction......


5 posted on 07/31/2007 6:03:17 AM PDT by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Let the ragheads starve.


6 posted on 07/31/2007 6:05:02 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (WARNING: Dangerous to pregnant women and small children. May burst into flames at any time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: griswold3

In a related manner the South Merrimack New Hampshire Knights of Columbus have announced an afternoon BBQ on Labor day and invite all political candidates to attend. Update to follow...


7 posted on 07/31/2007 6:05:32 AM PDT by seamusnh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

I hope this includes no water either. 5 or 6 days without water and they’ll be assuming room temperature


8 posted on 07/31/2007 6:07:33 AM PDT by stm
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

How about if they just join an interfaith moratorium from cutting people heads off or stoning people to death for a weekend?


9 posted on 07/31/2007 6:09:20 AM PDT by Londo Molari
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pnh102
transforming the sinister day of conquest formerly known as Columbus Day

Oh, jeez

10 posted on 07/31/2007 6:12:01 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Some Catholics IS the right term. Maryknoll? Used to donate to them for years. No more.


11 posted on 07/31/2007 6:14:48 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Some Catholics IS the right term. Maryknoll? Used to donate to them for years. No more.


12 posted on 07/31/2007 6:16:55 AM PDT by cubreporter ( Rush has done more for our country from where he sits than anyone will ever know.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Well, that sure won’t fly here in Canada- your Columbus Day is our Thanksgiving :-D


13 posted on 07/31/2007 6:22:38 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
starve to death!!!
14 posted on 07/31/2007 6:29:50 AM PDT by Vaquero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Leftist fasting = skipping between-meal snacks. I never see them get any skinnier.


15 posted on 07/31/2007 6:32:24 AM PDT by FlyVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
These indignant prelates prefer to assume that the war as a whole can be turned off like a car ignition, as soon as the American President decides, or Congress forces him to do so.

Peace was restored in SE Asia immediately after the US pulled the last of it’s troops out...just ask John Kerry(I heard he had been in Vietnam and Cambodia).
16 posted on 07/31/2007 6:33:52 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (The faithful will keep their heads down, their powder dry and hammer at the enemies flanks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

In theory you could hang their butts for treason and spare them the pain of starvation...


17 posted on 07/31/2007 6:53:55 AM PDT by jeddavis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kosta50; kronos77; kawaii; Kolokotronis

We really, really have to get the Orthodox Churches the hell out of the National Council of Churches!


18 posted on 07/31/2007 7:27:56 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: griswold3; Jim Robinson; kristinn
PIG ROAST ON COLUMBUS DAY!!!

Excellent Idea!

Maybe we should have the various local chapters of Free Republic sponsor a chain of Columbus Day Pig Roasts across the United States!

19 posted on 07/31/2007 7:29:23 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Always got a kick out of the fact that we celebrate a holiday that honors a Genoan who sailed for SPAIN.

I wish these left wing MORONS would leave Colon/Colombo alone. He was an explorer in the employ of Spain, NOT a conquistador.

20 posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:20 AM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: griswold3
PIG ROAST ON COLUMBUS DAY!!!

Excellent idea. Columbus brought pigs to the new world.

21 posted on 07/31/2007 7:37:19 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SJackson

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.


22 posted on 07/31/2007 7:55:10 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Fred Thompson 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FormerLib

True...
Where Muslims join- ill bring pig grill for snack and force all to feast!


23 posted on 07/31/2007 8:10:45 AM PDT by kronos77 (-www.savekosovo.org- and -www.kosovo.net- Save Kosovo from Islam!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Squawk 8888

Anything flies in canada. Just check that beach towel on your nearest flag pole.


24 posted on 07/31/2007 8:20:10 AM PDT by twonie (Keep your guns - and stockpile ammo.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: All

Living in California with all its ‘caring and loving’ for anyone who wants to camp out here for free has made me (a newly sworn in citizen) want to rename Columbus Day to:

TAKE BACK AMERICA DAY...

Where are all the silent people whose families fought for freedom here - on other shores - in foreign lands - giving away their sons and daughters.

Now the derision world wide by cowards - many of who receive monetary aid from this nation - need to see a backbone of the American Spirit in action.

It’s time - speak out - stop giving our nation away.

It’s time to start putting conditions on our ‘welcome’ and ‘helping’ - we need to look after our own neglected yards now.


25 posted on 07/31/2007 8:28:32 AM PDT by imintrouble
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: netmilsmom
"Marxism instead of Christian theology."

For those who don't know, this is a pretty apt description of "liberation theology." Marxism with a Christian mask.

26 posted on 07/31/2007 10:23:41 AM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: crazyhorse691
"Peace was restored in SE Asia immediately after the US pulled the last of it’s troops out"

Yeah, the lefties all like to say that but they never remember that the peace brought was a peace of the grave.

27 posted on 07/31/2007 10:29:50 AM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

That’s one of my favorite Bible quotes. It’s a timeless moral lesson.


28 posted on 07/31/2007 10:32:29 AM PDT by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: mbennett203

Mine too. And it underscores that proper fasting is not some kind of stunt.


29 posted on 07/31/2007 10:34:32 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Fred Thompson 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: SJackson; All

30 posted on 07/31/2007 10:36:19 AM PDT by redstates4ever ("Liberals love America like O.J loved Nicole." Ann Coulter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pnh102
PIG ROAST ON COLUMBUS DAY!!!!

YUM YUM! GIVE ME SUM!

31 posted on 07/31/2007 11:20:41 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: mbennett203
"Peace was restored in SE Asia immediately after the US pulled the last of it’s troops out"

As if Pol Pot's slaughter of millions never happened. Only sociopath leftoids could say a thing like that. Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.

32 posted on 08/01/2007 4:55:14 AM PDT by redstates4ever ("Liberals love America like O.J loved Nicole." Ann Coulter)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: SJackson
Cool!!! More food for me!

Mark

33 posted on 08/01/2007 5:05:29 AM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson