VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI implored the Syrian regime Sunday to heed international demands to end the bloodshed and expressed hope that the joy of Easter will comfort Christian communities suffering because of their faith.
By Diaa Hadid and Frances D-Emilio, Associated Press
, April 08, 2012
How very sad it is to read one Christian pastor condemn another. In Friday’s letter to the editor, the Rev. Tom Eckstein criticized the beliefs of the Rev. Susan Lester and referred to some churches as “Christian” in quotation marks. Whatever happened to Jesus’ message to love God with all our heart, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors?
I have been reading and hearing many generalized comments about what being a Christian is and I would like to set the record straight. Unfortunately, I have listened to stories about how my sisters and brothers in Christ do not attend church anymore because all they heard was accusations, ultimatums and warnings of hell — I have no doubt that this is true.
A recent column in the Jamestown Sun by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas titled “RIP Religious Right” focused on the “demise” of the religious right movement and those who are engaged in many ways in the fight against forces that are attempting to pollute and harm our culture and society. These would include militant homosexuals, people who promote abortion and pornography, television and movie producers who promote filthy language, nudity and extreme violence and the makers of video games that promote murder and torture, to name but a few.
Despite a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Va., has continued to use textbooks that teach hatred of everyone not of their specific brand of faith, the U.S. State Department has yet to act to close down the school. Officials of the academy, which has about 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, promised to excise passages in the textbooks that disparage Jews and Christians, but according to an examination by The Washington Post for the 2006-2007 school year, though “much of the controversial material had been removed, at least one book still contained passages that extolled jihad and martyrdom, called for victory over one’s enemies and said the killing of adulterers and apostates was ‘justified.’”
, July 18, 2008
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