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Atheist: Catholic Faith is Least Tolerated Religion
The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/28/2010 | Tancred

Posted on 09/28/2010 12:43:40 AM PDT by 0beron

The Catholic Faith is the least tolerated religion in Europe, criticized French philospher Bernard-Henri Levy, who is himself an Atheist.

Madrid [Kath.net/CNA] The Catholic Faith is the least tolerated religion in Europe. This was said by well-known intellectual, Bernard-Henri Levy in an interview with the Spanish newspaper "ABC".

The prominent French intellectual, who identifies himself as an Atheist, is concerned on the other hand about the numerous unjust attacks against the Pope. "The voice of the Pope is very significant, but we have been very unfair to this Pope", he said in an interview to "ABC". "I am not Catholic, but I believe, there is prejudice and an especially powerful anti-clericalism, which has become an enormous exception in Europe", Levy said.

There is a double-standard upon attacks against other religions, criticized Levy. "In France there's a great deal of discussion about the violation of Jewish and Muslim cemeteries, but no one knows that Catholic graves are permanently desecrated", complains the French philosopher.

Naturally there is a right to criticize religions, said Levy. It so happens, especially by intellectuals, considerable injudiciousness. Levy says: "Muslims are defended in the intellectual world, Catholics much less."


TOPICS: Current Events; Ecumenism; History; Skeptics/Seekers
KEYWORDS: anticatholicism; anticlericalism; atheism

1 posted on 09/28/2010 12:43:43 AM PDT by 0beron
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To: 0beron

I wonder how they treat Evangelicals over there.


2 posted on 09/28/2010 12:46:54 AM PDT by ansel12 ([fear of Islam.] Once you are paralyzed by fear of Mohammedanism...you have lost the battle.)
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To: ansel12

That’s a very good question. Just a guess, but I’d expect they’re thought of as an exclusively American phenomenon and held in general contempt in Europe.

I was dining with a lady from over there who thought that I was an Evangelical simply because I was an American who believed in God.


3 posted on 09/28/2010 12:50:13 AM PDT by 0beron
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To: 0beron

My experience is that atheism is the least tolerant faith, closely followed by Islam.


4 posted on 09/28/2010 1:32:47 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: ansel12

Europe also has the dynamics of inter-sect conflict. Since the distribution is patterned geographically, it would be interesting to see the varieties of opinion across the landscape.


6 posted on 09/28/2010 2:17:41 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: ansel12

ansel, Europe is quickly going down the drain as regards all flavors of Christianity. And the influx of immigrants from points around the Mediterranean and Africa are increasing this. A book you should read: America Alone, by Mark Steyn. After reading that, visit Jihadwatch. Those who profess Christianity are quickly becoming the minority. The states are secular. And the moslems are increasing in both the number of people coming into countries, and havin significantly more babies than the people local to each area. In a few years, this will most certainly turn not pretty.


7 posted on 09/28/2010 2:45:23 AM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: 0beron

ping


8 posted on 09/28/2010 2:52:46 AM PDT by Ulysse (I)
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To: ntmxx
"These so called intellectuals have been tolerated under the forgiveness of Christ..."

That is pretty much a very recent and American thing. Back in the day, being thrown from a bell tower didn't depend on your IQ. Europeans and those who escaped there have very good historical reason to be anti-Christian or at least anti-Catholic.

Having a good reason still does not save their soul of course but we wouldn't want a little thing like eternal life get in the way of some good revenge./s

9 posted on 09/28/2010 3:33:03 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: 0beron

Just a gander here but how many self proclaimed Atheists/Agnostics/Other are Catholics who left home.

Free willing.


10 posted on 09/28/2010 3:41:11 AM PDT by Global2010
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To: 0beron
What is it with the need to play martyrs? NOT one of us will ever pass though this flesh age sinless, yet ONE did and look what ‘they’ did to HIM... Why should any that follow HIM expect better acceptance?
11 posted on 09/28/2010 3:46:30 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: 0beron

They will always go after the BIGGEST THREAT to themselves!


12 posted on 09/28/2010 4:28:44 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 0beron
That atheist is either an idiot or has never met an Islamic fundamentalist or both. =.=
13 posted on 09/28/2010 4:52:23 AM PDT by cranked
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To: ntmxx

THe RM doesn’t like that kind of language in this forum. Just to let you know.


14 posted on 09/28/2010 4:58:53 AM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: ntmxx

Ha!

Go back and read your rant.....there is no point being argued or articulated, defended or supported.

Everyone knows you’re mad, nobody knows what about....


15 posted on 09/28/2010 5:22:29 AM PDT by G Larry (Patty-cake diplomacy must give way to strong, decisive action!)
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To: 0beron

WRONG, the least tolerant are the miiitant atheists who demand the removal of all religion everywhere.


16 posted on 09/28/2010 5:24:39 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing leftists and their fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: 0beron

Strange headline.

Tell me why there are more Catholics than any other denomination/religion in the world then??


17 posted on 09/28/2010 6:56:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: G Larry

And just who is “everyone;” the scared and cowardly!

What was stated has merrit and everyone knows it to be true.


18 posted on 09/28/2010 7:52:39 AM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: vladimir998

“…doesn’t like that kind of language…”

What the truth, or the truth being stated for others to review.

Liberalism is a mental disorder! Enough said.


19 posted on 09/28/2010 7:56:57 AM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: Salvation

Because God loves us the most?


20 posted on 09/28/2010 8:55:41 AM PDT by 0beron
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To: Salvation

Here’s the article from last week at CNA:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/prominent-atheist-says-catholicism-is-least-tolerated-religion-in-europe/


21 posted on 09/28/2010 8:57:48 AM PDT by 0beron
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