We’ve had some spirited discussion below and some terms have been used that might need clarification. When we say that such and such or so and so are ‘evil’ (i.e. Bush, Islamofascism) what are we talking about? Is evil personal? Is it external? Is it corporate? Is it everyone else but us?

Who decides what is evil and what is not?

Papa’s In Trouble

“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached…God is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death…”

So said Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus in the 14th century. Based on the response to Papa’s comments, was the emperor right?

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Apparently, one can be an Anglican priest and also a Hindu. The article states:

Mr Hart believes that his change to Hinduism would be “read in the spirit of open exploration and dialogue, which is an essential feature of our shared modern spirituality”.

He also said that he would continue to celebrate as an Anglican priest when he visited England, but he would also visit a Hindu temple while there. “My philosophical position is that all religions are cultural constructs,” he said. “I am acting out God’s story in local terms.”

I’m getting pretty tired of this caca de torro.

I guess I shouldn’t throw away my application to the Jedi academy after all! Sigh. Maranantha!