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Europe bishops slam Saudi fatwa against Gulf churches
Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:49pm EDT | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

Posted on 03/23/2012 10:20:12 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have sharply criticized Saudi Arabia's top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.

In separate statements on Friday, the Roman Catholic bishops in Germany and Austria slammed the ruling by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh as an unacceptable denial of human rights to millions of foreign workers in the Gulf region.

Archbishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, head of the Russian Orthodox department for churches abroad, called the fatwa "alarming" in a statement on Tuesday. Such blunt criticism from mainstream Christian leaders of their Muslim counterparts is very rare.

Christian websites have reported Sheikh Abdulaziz, one of the most influential religious leaders in the Muslim world, issued the fatwa last week in response to a Kuwaiti lawmaker who asked if Kuwait could ban church construction in Kuwait.

Citing Arab-language media reports, they say the sheikh ruled that further church building should be banned and existing Christian houses of worship should be destroyed.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops Conference, said the mufti "shows no respect for the religious freedom and free co-existence of religions", especially all the foreign laborers who made its economy work.

"It would be a slap in the face to these people if the few churches available to them were to be taken away," he said. …

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1 posted on 03/23/2012 10:20:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.


2 posted on 03/23/2012 10:29:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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The only way for them to stop Christianity is by violence because their own religion lacks all that Christianity offers the soul. If they don’t destroy the Churches they fear that Christianity will spread like wild fire.


3 posted on 03/23/2012 10:55:41 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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“Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have sharply criticized Saudi Arabia’s top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed.”

I think Christians better escalate their responses beyond “sharp criticism”. This reminds me of the answer the Director General of the BBC gave when he was asked why the BBC respected the muslims more than christians.

His answer:
“Without question, ‘I complain in the strongest possible terms’, is different from, ‘I complain in the strongest possible terms and I am loading my AK47 as I write’,” he said. “This definitely raises the stakes.”

When it comes to islam (and the left), the christians may want to rethink “turning the other cheek” and try the crusades instead.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 11:29:09 PM PDT by aquila48
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Europe bishops slam Saudi fatwa against Gulf churches.

0bama goes golfing.

5 posted on 03/24/2012 12:57:53 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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0bama goes golfing.

This should be before the U.N. instead of voter ID laws.

6 posted on 03/24/2012 3:34:18 AM PDT by DaveMSmith (Evil Comes from Falsity, So Share the Truth)
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the Roman Catholic bishops in Germany and Austria slammed the ruling . . as an unacceptable denial of human rights

“The very concept of human rights was a Judeo-Christian invention and inadmissible in Islam.”
Sa’id Raja’i-Khorassani, Iran’s delegate to the U.N.

7 posted on 03/24/2012 8:57:35 AM PDT by aimhigh
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