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 oppressive force, not a path to salvation.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

> > Five Surgeons are discussing the types of people they like to operate
> > on.
> >
> > The first surgeon says: "I like to see accountants on my operating
> > table,
> > because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
> >
> > The second
> > responds: "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them
> > is
> > color coded."
> >
> > The third surgeon says: "No, I really think librarians are the best;
> > everything inside them is in alphabetical order."
> >
> > The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction
> > workers...those
> > guys always understand when you have a few parts left over."
> >
> > But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed: "You'r e all
> > wrong.. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There's no guts, no
> > heart, no balls, no brains and no spine. Plus, the head and the ass are
> > interchangeable

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