An Indian Civilizational Perspective

One religious fundamentalist to another!

It is interesting when one fundamentalist accuses other of being intolerant and preaches “restraint” and “love”! The Roman Catholic Church has had one major agenda – that of converting people from other faiths and hues. They followed it in Africa and are on the go in Asia!

Now, Vatican wearing a halo (which I sure it bought from some pawn shop, for its rather creaky and of little value), now preaches to Muslims to respect all faiths! Huh! Really? How about taking your own medicine for a change? I think the real issue is not of tolerance – but of making inroads into the middle east to propogate Christianity and convert the Muslims! These two sides, who in my view, are tribal in their thought, will one day bring untold horror and destruction to all people!

The Vatican has urged Muslims to respect people of all faiths and not exclude them on grounds of religion, race and other personal characteristic.

“They (the Muslims) must ensure culture of peace and solidarity between different religious communities and spread a teaching which honours all human creatures,” The Guardian quoted Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran as saying.

Cardinal Tauran is the newly appointed President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, the Vatican’s main liaison agency with the Muslim world.

He has also expressed concern about the treatment of Christians in Muslim-majority countries, highlighting the “extreme” case of Saudi Arabia where freedom of religion was “violated absolutely” with “no Christian churches and a ban on celebrating Mass, even in a private home”.


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