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December 15, 2015

Are You a Sick Fundamentalist?

“Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions,”  said Pope Francis on the plane on his way back from Africa.  “We Catholics have some—and not some, many—who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil.”

Well yes, Holy Father. Up to a point. But there’s one kind of fundamentalism which, though perhaps sometimes sinful, usually is not. There is another which leads to monstrous deeds of violence. An unknown, but certainly a large number of Moslems, justify violence in furthering their religion. Christians—including Catholics—just don’t.  To prove  the point, consider the absurdity of this spoof news report, concocted by the blog Ignatius His Conclave:

Moslem leaders throughout the world have combined to condemn the atrocities which last Friday appalled us all with their severity.

Over two hundred people were killed when American Episcopalian suicide bombers attacked the Grand Mosque in Damascus. Simultaneously in Egypt and Morocco groups of armed terrorists burst into a tourist hotel and a shopping mall, firing automatic weapons and killing innocent bystanders with random gunfire.

One observer reported that the gunmen who burst into Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo shouted ‘Jesus Christ is Lord!’ as they showered bullets into the crowd. The Moroccan terror group, who drove jeeps loaded with high explosives into a busy souk, were thought to be United Methodists.

A spokesperson for the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said: ‘We must show compassion to our Christian brothers and sisters. These crimes are the work of disturbed criminal minorities. Christianity is essentially a religion of justice and peace.’

The Ayatollah himself later admitted, on the BBC World Service, that such events caused him to doubt his faith  ‘Where,’ he asked, ‘was Allah in all this?’

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