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One More Time? I Doubt That!

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Submitted by Sword of Islam & The Babies of Beslan (United Kingdom), Sep 8, 2006 at 13:34

Submitted by J.S., Sep 6, 2006 at 17:27

"Finally... equating demographics as a sole indicator of whether or not group X admires, "loves," or otherwise agrees with the ideology of group Y is hardly "logical."

In which case given your mastery of semantics you should not find it difficult to provide a single piece of incontrovertible evidence to support your assertion that 'Catholics love Islam' or that Islam flourishes in predominantly Catholic countries to an extent that is unheard in Protestant countries. Demographics alone may not be sufficient for you but it is reasonably logical to assume that if Islam was more welcome in these particular countries, especially Italy and Spain, their geographical proximity to the Middle East should result in a greater, or at least equal, Muslim population than that found in European countries that are much further away - especially if these more distant countries are specifically Protestant and climatically less similar. This is not the case. Which, at the very least, suggests that there are holes in your assertion.

It is one thing to speciously attempt to pick holes in my logic but quite another to fail to provide any statistical data that refutes it. Criticising the Pope for 'turning the other cheek' as that forms part of his job description.

It is one thing to critcise the Vatican for it's actions or inactions but these criticisms of a specific faction of Christianity don't have much weight unless you can specifically identify a Protestant body of comparable authority that is leading by example and doing or saying the things that the Pope is not. You can't. Therefore it is safe to say that Catholicism is only an easy target by virtue of it's higher profile.

Submitted by J.S., Sep 6, 2006 at 17:27

"If you've yet to discover that there is a strand of Catholicism which does not seem at all bothered by fundamentalist, terrorist Islam"

Strand of Catholicism? What have strands to do with anything? You're generalising about Catholicism as a body not it's constituent strands. Please try to be consistent rather than seek to 'move the goalposts'.

I would suggest that Evangelism has far more in common with Islam than anything associated with the Vatican. My point is that is that Catholicism is neither better nor worse that Protestantism vis-a-vis Islam. I'll be quite happy to revise this opinion if you can offer anything more substantial than generalised speculation with no factual data to back it up.

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Submitted by J.S., Sep 5, 2006 at 14:26

"Also, I think that due to Political Correctnes, something else is rarely, if ever, openly discussed (it's tip-toed around)

Anti-semitism is part and parcel with the religion of Islam."

- These are very tired observations as most participants on this forum will tell you hence my assumption that you were new here. They are not new and ther are not profound insights. No need to be offended. Just take time to read a few articles and you'll see what I mean. These naive sentiments 'go without saying' insofar as most are concerned and represent the core of the majority of articles and comments found here.

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P.S. I've never purchased a copy of the Guardian in my life so I'm not entirely sure what the connection between the Guardian and Catholicism is. Anti-Semites often allege that the Jews own the media. Are you suggesting that the Catholics own the Guardian??!

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