Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Not A Good Idea..

Dutch bishop: Call God ‘Allah’ to ease relations
Roman Catholic leader stokes already heated debate on religion


AMSTERDAM - A Roman Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has proposed people of all faiths refer to God as Allah to foster understanding, stoking an already heated debate on religious tolerance in a country with one million Muslims.

Bishop Tiny Muskens, from the southern diocese of Breda, told Dutch television on Monday that God did not mind what he was named and that in Indonesia, where Muskens spent eight years, priests used the word "Allah" while celebrating Mass.

"Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? ... What does God care what we call him? It is our problem."

A survey in the Netherlands' biggest-selling newspaper De Telegraaf on Wednesday found 92 percent of the more than 4,000 people polled disagreed with the bishop's view, which also drew ridicule.

"Sure. Lets call God Allah. Lets then call a church a mosque and pray five times a day. Ramadan sounds like fun," Welmoet Koppenhol wrote in a letter to the newspaper.

Gerrit de Fijter, chairman of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, told the paper he welcomed any attempt to "create more dialogue", but added: "Calling God 'Allah' does no justice to Western identity. I see no benefit in it."

A spokesman from the union of Moroccan mosques in Amsterdam said Muslims had not asked for such a gesture.

Thankfully 92% of the country opposed this idea. Appeasement is not the answer. Personally, I don't believe that Jews and Christians worship the same God that Mohammed's followers do. I see Islam as a perversion, a caricature religion oriented towards war...an oppressive force, not a path to salvation.

15 Comments:

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

My God aint no "ALLAh"! No way, now how!!!

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

We're on the same page, AC. I have a post in draft on this same subject for Thursday.

I thought I'd heard it all, but I guess not! A Bishop telling Christians to pray to the Muslim Moon God! Nope... I haven't heard it all. It just seems to keep getting worse.

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I heard about this and was utterly flabbergasted!

I'm not gonna hack God off by calling Him "Allah!"

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

welcome back AC!..yup lets bend over and accept our infidel status en masse shall we!!

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger nanc said...

i'm glad to see something finally pist you off enough to post again!

*:]

 
At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer to call God a Lie; that would fit with this bishop's view. Let's all pray to the Lie!

 
At 3:54 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

This is silly.

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Doesn't this bishop beat all?

No way is Allah the Christian God! No way!

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

No Catholic I know will be uttering 'allah', ever.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Static Brain said...

God said in the latter days there would be apostasy. This is apostasy. It's an attempt to mix religions. It's also heretical.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Annie Coulter said...

I think we need to check and see what the bishop been's burning in that censer of his. I think somebody stole the incense.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Annie Coulter said...

Oh yeah, I almost forgot...

Beamish in '08!

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Obob said...

a little late, but the appeasement factor of this BS displays Europe's steel backbone

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

More pandering - disgusting.

Send me the link to your other blog, I forgot where it is.

bassizzzt@yahoo.com

 
At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moon God!?!?!? Only someone who knows nothing about Islam could have said this. My response to your sacrilegious lie is a translation from the Noble Quran:

Among His Sings are the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon. Adore not the sun and the moon, but adore God, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve. (The Noble Quran, 41:37)"

 

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