Thursday, September 14, 2006

Muslim Militants Attack Catholic School in Kashmir

From Catholic World News:
Muslim fundamentalists attacked a Catholic school in India's Kashmir valley on Monday, demolishing a wall and smashing windows and furniture.

The Good Shepherd Mission School in Pulwama is run by a popular missionary priest, Father Jim Borst of the Dutch Mill Hill order, who has been in the region since 1963. Although Muslim militants persuaded the state government to begin proceedings to expel the priest in 2004, Christian groups campaigned successfully to reverse that order. A leading retreat preacher, Father Borst is credited with initiating the translation of the Bible into the Kashmiri language. The elderly priest - now in his 70s - is regularly sought by local Muslims and Hindus, as well as Christians, to comfort the sick and suffering.

During the September 11 attack on the missionary's school, the Muslim militants involved shouted slogans denouncing all Christian missionaries.

Good to know these brave warriors of The Religion of Peace can mount a successful strike against a 70-year-old priest. I wonder whether attacking a school still merits 72 virgins in the afterlife, or just gets you a cheap hooker on crack

I really do wish people would stop throwing the word “fundamentalist” around, however. Fundamentalism is a particular form of orthodox Christian belief that arose within American Protestantism at the close of the 19th century as a response to modernism in the Church. They were united in espousing what they considered a core set of Christian beliefs they believed critical to the Faith – the “fundamentals.” As a matter of fact, there is a four-volume set called The Fundamentals published in 1917. I may not be a fundamentalist myself, being way too Catholic, and trained as a scientist, but I know plenty - and not one has ever blown up a kindergarten, hijacked an airliner, or opened up with an AK-47 in the middle of a restaurant.

Referring to “fundamentalist Moslems” is the theological equivalent of referring to “Pentecostal Confucians” or “Calvinist Buddhists;” it is simply nonsensical. I am convinced that it is the result of a deliberate agenda to take a perfectly innocuous word, “fundamentalist,” apply it over and over and over to crazed whack jobs until it enters common usage, then reapply it to the original, innocent group as a form of slander.

It’s on the same level of intentional malice as Rosie O’Donnell equating the 9-11 terrorists with “radical Christianity.” If you want to find out what “radical Christianity” is really like, check out St. Francis or Mother Teresa! I’ve said it before, and I'll keep on saying it – anyone who can’t distinguish between a crazed dynamiter on a Jewish school bus and the Wheaton College English Department has abandoned any claim to credibility.