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"We have concluded that when the principle of phyletism (i.e. ecclesiastical nationalism) is juxtaposed with the teaching of the Gospel and the constant practice of the Church, it is not only foreign to it, but also completely opposed, to it. We decree the following in the Holy Spirit: 1. We reject and condemn racial division, that is, racial differences, national quarrels and disagreements in the Church of Christ, as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the holy canons of our blessed fathers, on which the holy Church is established and which adorn human society and lead it to Divine piety. 2. In accordance with the holy canons, we proclaim that those who accept such division according to races and who dare to base on it hitherto unheard-of racial assemblies are foreign to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and are real schismatics."
Our only real hope
Posted by Herman on 11/22/2010, 11:03 am, in reply to "Fine and dandy however"
is that Muslims become as nominal and relativistic as many modern "Christian" churches have become. |
But no matter how you slice it, Islam is NOT a "live and let live" religion, plain and simple. "Islam" means "submission", not peace, and by any means deemed necessary, including force which is openly advocated throughout the Quran. Unlike most people advocating accomodation, I have actually READ the quran, and lived in a Muslim-dominated society.
Moderate Muslims should be berating their "extremist" members loudly and clearly. But they don't, because even they know who the REAL Muslims are and they are afraid to press the point. Until they "take over" Islam, you are going to see these scenes repeated over and over, or Christianity will disappear altogether like it has in Saudi Arabia, or dwindle as it has in Turkey, the Middle East in general, or any place that "Islam" has the upper hand politically-speaking.