Monday, June 08, 2009

Cairo and Muslims

The priest who married my husband and I had been laicized, and married. Now he was a college professor at a Catholic in name only college. I was teaching in a Community College, and was surprised to see a laicized Catholic priest was giving a talk on Islam. I had to go.
After sitting through two hours of lecture on the superiority of Muslim faith, where the former priest did not admit his own religion had any merit at all, I had had enough. I looked for an opportunity to put his supercilious description of Islam in it's place without riling the large crowd of Muslims who had gathered to hear him speak.
When Dr Tom described the Muslim custom of having the woman walk several steps behind her husband as one of misunderstood chivalry, I saw my chance. I stood up and said,
"yes, chivalry is often misunderstood as misogyny. For example when the Vatican and Muslim countries united at the UN Cairo Conference to oppose the imposition of abortion and birth control, they were called anti-woman by Hillary Clinton. In reality, such a position reveals the highest regard for the dignity of woman and their high calling to motherhood. "
I must admit I enjoyed watching the permutations of discomfort which passed over the priest's face. When liberals want to praise Islam they have to be careful about revealing their positions on sexual morality, for there the Muslim faith has much in common with Jewish and Catholic traditions.
After the talk, a beautiful young Muslim wife came to me to thank me for defending the morality of Islam. She shared with me her struggles with infertility and thanked me for my offers to pray for the intercession of St Gerard for motherhood.
Colleen Carroll Campbell in her show "Faith and Culture" was discussing the Muslim reluctance to embrace Western Culture because of it's perversity. Some idiot in Hollywood has claimed that Britney Spears is the voice of freedom. No, Miss Spears is the voice of moral degradation and slavery to sin. If the Muslim world wants no part of Western Culture with immoral entertainment and the sins of abortion and contraception, then as a Catholic, I understand.
Keep your distance from our pernicious culture. I wish I could.
In his recent trip, Obama was warming up to the Muslim world, yet if they truly examined his recent moves toward widening access to abortion by opening up UNPFA funds for agencies in their nations to fund (or force) abortions in their countries, they would have soundly rejected him. Once the Muslim nations find out the true Obama agenda, they will cease to embrace him. But will it be too late? Will his policies already be in place in their countries?
As in the case of “reproductive health,” U.N. agencies have made use of “child health” and “maternal health” as vectors to promote access to abortion. The linkage has been especially clear in the area of maternal health, where U.N. agencies routinely claim that deaths due to illegal abortion are one of the leading health issues faced by mothers — basing this claim on an inflated estimate of annual deaths of women that is completely unverifiable, according to the U.N.’s former chief demographer.
Given this international history of manipulation of concepts related to “health,” Muslim nations would be well advised to scrutinize
any and all new “child and maternal” health programs on offer from the Obama administration.
Pope Benedict wants to promote peace with the Muslim world based on our agreement on such moral issues, but Obama wants to build a New World Order based on sexual license and moral relativism. Tom Hoopes does an excellent job discussing the difference in their standpoints:
"Obama’s desire for common ground (and I believe its aims are well-intentioned) wants to minimize differences so we can all get along. He focuses on the horizontal: The Golden Rule.
Benedict’s desire for dialogue wants to define differences to bring more people to the truth, which leads to deep-seated, lasting peace. He focuses on the vertical: Eternal Truth.
The desire for religions to ignore their differences is a secularist’s desire. It’s the desire of someone who doesn’t think there’s a discernable truth. Someone who says faith is always assailed by doubt.
When someone tells you, “Relax. Don’t make such a big deal of your questions about God,” you know that they don’t think questions about God are a big deal. Benedict’s desire for dialogue, on the other hand, starts from the assumption that questions about God are at the very center of our lives. He also has a great confidence in God’s ability to offer clarity in answer to our questions."

Read the entire story and the entire story at the NC Register blog.

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