Two weeks ago, eight prominent American imams prayed in front of a sculpture at Dachau commemorating the six million Jewish dead. Isn’t it odd how nobody paid any attention?
This week of Rosh HaShana, Eid el-Fitr, and 9/11 seems a good time to run it on The Accidental Theologist:
Wow, that one gave me a good-sized lump in my throat. Thanks for sharing it, Lesley.
Do ya ever wonder how much the news decides what people will find interesting?
That’s one that didn’t run because it’s (evidently) generally believed that the public wouldn’t be interested in the event, nor the story that would have to accompany it to explain the significance.
Gotta wonder if they’re really right, or if they are right because they have trained their audience to only read headlines?
Eh, just noticed there’s an article in the NYT about roughly that same topic. Except they’re trying to blame it on the internet. Fancy that.
Yup, in today’s NYT — they really should stop taking their cue from me…
at this point even hailey Barbour is condemning the burning, and all the news shows are devoted to condemning this gross book burner, but he still has a giant trumpet for his views. Peaceful sentiments don’t sell toothpaste, so we have to put up someone everyone can condemn, even though his visibility from the coverage will inflame anti-Islamic bigotry. I’d rather they replaced the evening news with jersey shore. At least snooki and the situation don’t burn books.
What a deeply thought-provoking photograph, Lesley – and maybe that’s why it didn’t make the pages of the world press, as it should have done. Study the picture – no violence, no sex (especially not gay), no sunbed-toasted tv personalities or cheating politicians – what headlines can the Murdoch empire et al make out of a solemn act of virtue and respect? I suspect they wouldn’t know either if they could even remember how to spell the words.
You mention ‘This week of Rosh HaShana, Eid el-Fitr, and 9/11 …’, here in UK it’s also the 70th anniversary of the WWII Blitz when so many civilians and their homes and workplaces in London, Belfast, Coventry etc – were blown to smithereens. I’m glad to note there has been a more socio-histoirical approach to the topic and little or no jingoism about the commemorations because, after all, we’re grown up enough now to acknowledge that we Brits went on and retalliated in kind.
Or are we? Next Thursday, coming to a Catholic university near me is the man they call the Nazi Pope. Not that his membership of Hitler Youth is the chief objection to his visit. He pushes so many of the hardline RC condemnations — of women priests, married priests, dissident theologians and homosexuals, not forgetting his pronouncement that Jewish history and scripture ‘reach fulfilment only in Christ ‘, and then there’s the child abuse scandal.
So shall I go down the road and join the planned protest or not, remembering that he also represents thousands of virtuous, respectful people who just happen to follow a religion that I have rejected.
Many thanks for the very timely reminder about the Blitz, Charlotte — I fear it will take 70 years until many Americans can reach a similar stage and commemorate 9/11 without jingoism and xenophobia.
Good question re Ratzinger (you see — I can’t even bring myself to call him the Pope, not least since the name Ratzinger is so perfectly expressive of him). I’d guess there are many observant Catholics who respect the office but not the man, but also many others who see the man as a disrespect to the office. One would surely need extraordinarily blind faith to respect both the man and the office. The Mel Gibsons of the world might do so, but most Catholics I know find Ratzinger at the very least an embarrassment, if not a total disaster.
If you do go to the protest and would like to email me about it, I’d be happy to post your report here on The AT. — L.
Hi Lesley, unfortunately I can’t attend the protest because after a very basic check (duh!) I find il papa is coming to our bend in the river not on Thursday but Friday whenI have a work deadline. However I promise to scan the local coverage for what it’s worth. This week’s paper reported some protesters want to barricade the approach road to the university while others would rather avoid that kind of confrontation – such unprecedented stirrings in our leafy borough.
I agree with you that there are probably many practising Catholics who respect the office but not the man. Since the Vatican only thinks in decades or centuries, Ratzinger isn’t going to respond directly to anything. But I’d hope lay people will listen to the protesters and work for change from the grass roots. They already tacitly ignore the most extreme doctrines anyhow. I’m always intrigued by the hazy symbiotic horizon between a belief system and the society of its congregation.
Switching topics slightly, I wonder how Terry Jones’s congregation will greet their leader on his return. Will they be chastened or has the whole foundation of his church crumbled? But what about the assets represented by 200 copies of the Quran? Perhaps they could donate them to the proposed Muslim centre as a good will gesture… WWJD?