Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vatican-II, Other Religions & Islam

ON OCTOBER 28, 1965

3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.
Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.
       The above document was quoted (Although not the section provided above) in a homily at my parish on September 29, 2012 as to toleration, The Pastor dealt more with intolerance towards Hindus who some Catholic call “stupid”. The “highest thinkers” in that religion have concluded that there is only one God and the “gods” worshiped by the People are only facets of that one God just as the facets of a great jewel are not the entire gem.
        The Jews are our spiritual ancestors and, as such are and should-be honored and not persecuted as was the sin of too many Christians (Including my Polish ancestors). They signed a covenant (Contract) with G_d. Such agreements are not had between a tyrannical master and worm-like slaves.
      Jesus the Christ makes us his co-heirs in the Kingdom and his brothers-in-love. Although asking for peace among men of good will, his last “General Orders” to his disciples (Luke 22: 35-38) was to do all that was needed to obtain the means sufficient to defend themselves. .
        The Sikhs, lately come to the World's religions, worship a universal and just God. They are great sustainers of equality between man and women and between all human beings. Their teachings advocate for peace; But, specially emphasis the right of self-defense and the duty to defend the innocent against criminal attacks. They also support practical charity and what we know as Charitas.
        The Allah of Islam (And NOT that of Arabic speaking Christians) demands a slave-like obedience to irrational and unpredictable commands. Islam also supports, if not commands, the use of the slavery of human beings and the sexual-slavery of girls and women. Islam also allows, permits and very often commands the use of murder, genocide, lying and stealing from “unbelievers”; aggressive war and institutionalized revenge.

 The noted document is one that “subtracts from the sum-total of human knowledge”. In the voice of the People, it is poisonous garbage.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Votes, Fraud & Revolution

Many years ago I enlisted in the US Navy. It was only later that I realized that a part of my contribution to the national defense included the defense of the sanctity of my vote. [During my active duty I was in one of the four most dangerous (Enlisted grade) positions. My duties including sitting, too close and too long, too near radiation-leaking A-Bombs.]

When I now read or hear the comments of citizens (?), politicians, law making judges, journalists and others who deny the existence of fraudulent voting and the democratically passed laws which would suppress such, I remember the violent birth of the USA, the fate of those loyal to the most undemocratic rule of The Crown and the fate of those loyal to such misrule. I then open my gun safe and think dark and revolutionary thoughts.