Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Catholic Bishop Worships Allah?

Well, sort of. Judge for yourself after reading this Fox News clip:

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda [in the Netherlands], said God doesn't care what he is called.

"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," Muskens told Dutch television.

Just a chance that Bishop Tiny (great name!) might be getting a little dotty, do you think? Other commentators would tend to agree:

"I'm sure his intentions are good but his theology needs a little fine-tuning," said Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest based in Rome. Morris, a news analyst for FOX News Channel, also called the idea impractical.

"Words and names mean things," Morris said. "Referring to God as Allah means something."

Uh, yeah. It means that you've passively become a dhimmi.

Which is exactly what our friends at Islamofascist front organization CAIR, those intrepid defenders of the Flying Imams, would love to see:
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding.

"It reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God," Hooper told "I don't think the name is as important as the belief in God and following God's moral principles. I think that's true for all faiths."

Christians who are Arabic speakers speak of Allah when they speak of God, Hooper added.

"There's not a theological leap to make on the part of Christians," Hooper said.

Embracing this logic, Ibrahim, HazZzMat has an even better idea: Since, as Ibrahim says, "there's not a theological leap" involved with swapping terms for the Almighty in monotheist faiths, why don't all Muslims in the West simply call Allah "God"? After all, there's not a theological leap to make on the part of Muslims, right? And after all, this is our country here, right? Right?

Meanwhile, here's hoping that Bishop Tiny, clearly infected at some point in his career with an overdose of liberation theology, enjoys his retirement in the theological and temporal obscurity that he so richly deserves.

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