WORCESTER - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has rescinded an invitation to a speaker at a men´s conference after Muslims objected to what they call the speaker´s anti-Islamic views. The diocese on Wednesday withdrew an invitation for Robert Spencer to speak at the March conference. Spencer, a Catholic, runs blogs and has written books that some consider anti-Muslim. A spokesman for the diocese says Spencer´s appearance at the conference "is being seen as harmful to Catholic-Islamic relations." A spokesman for the Islamic Council of New England called Spencer a "hatemonger" and lauded the diocese´s decision.
Comments: The Church caving to muslim pressure, no open discussion permitted, a lack of convictions by the bishop.
Caving to the Islamists cuz the pope wants them to join him in his crusade against gay rights. I guess they forget that in the end Islam will do its best to destroy christanity, that includes the catholics too - very short sided...
The Muslims and the pusillanimous Catholics are right, but for the wrong reason.
Robert Spencer´s books are indeed harmful to Catholic-Islamic relations - but not because he is a hatemonger.
It is because he tells the truth about Islam. Islam is irreconcilably at odds with everything that is not Islam, beginning with the Catholic faith. I don´t think Spencer makes this claim. He simply reports the documented facts about Islam. Anyone acquainted with the facts knows that it is dangerous self-deluding nonsense to fantasize about a community of faith or anything else with the all-encompassing religio-political system called Islam.
The kind of denial and timidity displayed by these Catholics is becoming all too familiar in the West. It seems that in some quarters the West has lost the will to survive. These Catholics and others are descending a very slippery slope bit by bit. They do not seem to recognize that for Islam, there is no stopping point, no place of balance, compromise, or stable agreement about differences. The more the West gives, the more Muslims will demand.
There are few real Christians left in the north east. Every time I see a headline like this (regardless of the denomination), I know it is in the northeast (Massachusettes, Vermont, Delaware, etc, etc).
The only time I am wrong is when it turns out to be on the west coast (especially Cubafornia).
Secular lie-beralism is the only real religion in the north east part of our country any more...
It´s MA. The people here cater to the muslims. Our politicians, kerry being one of them, assisted the muslims in buying, dirt cheap, land in boston to build their mega mosque. Other benefits were also given. The saudis just about own harvard and remember the bin laden clan were evacuated from boston after 9/11. Does that explain some of this?
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