Pakistan arrests those who cooperated with the infidels (us) to get bin Laden.

While it is understandable that Pakistan would be angry that some of its citizens had co-operated with a foreign power, the Pakistani government may soon have cause to regret these arrests. How can Pakistan argue that it is doing its best to co-operate with the United States while arresting some of the few Pakistanis who were able to help America find its most wanted man? The arrests of these five men, after the conspicuous failure to find and neutralize bin Laden, says much about Pakistan’s commitment to the Western campaign against terrorism.

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Problems with Islam today pretty much the same as in the 13th century, according to writings of Marco Polo

Polo clearly had no problem being blunt about Islam (political correctness being nonexistent in the Middle Ages). Whereas he praised the Brahmins for their “hatred for cheating or of taking the goods of other persons,” regarding the Muslims of Tauris, (modern day Iraq), he wrote:

According to their doctrine, whatever is stolen or plundered from others of a different faith, is properly taken, and the theft is no crime; whilst those who suffer death or injury by the hands of Christians, are considered as martyrs. If, therefore, they were not prohibited and restrained by the powers who now govern them, they would commit many outrages. These principles are common to all Saracens (p.63).

In fact, based on the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s numerous raiding expeditions, plundering infidels is quite standard in Islam and treated regularly in legal manuals; the Koran has an entire chapter dedicated to and named after plunder (Surat al-Anfal). As for being a martyr simply by dying at the hands of the infidel enemy, this too has ample support in Islam’s texts and enjoys consensus among the ulema. The authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary translates shahid (martyr) as “one killed in battle with infidels.”

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On Islam and the Crusades

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Consider the situation in the Holy Land 100 years before Pope Urban II’s call in 1095 for a crusade to liberate it. It was part of the territory ruled by the Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim, whose cruelties Christian and Muslim historians alike recorded.

Fourteenth-century historian Ibn al-Dawadari tells us that al-Hakim destroyed the Church of Saint Mark in al-Fustat, Egypt (on the outskirts of modern-day Cairo), which Christians had built in defiance of a law forbidding new church construction. The al-Rashida mosque arose not only over the ruins of Saint Mark’s but also over Jewish and Christian cemeteries, surely an act of vandalism.

But the height of al-Hakim’s cruelties was the destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which, according to Muslim sources, began in September 1007. Also known as the Church of the Resurrection, this was possibly the most revered shrine in Christendom—considered not only Golgotha (or Calvary), where the New Testament says that Jesus was crucified, but also the place where he was buried and hence the site of the Resurrection.

According to historian Moshe Gil, al-Hakim ordered that the Church of the Resurrection be torn down “to its very foundations, apart from what could not be destroyed or pulled up, and they also destroyed the Golgotha and the Church of Saint Constantine and all that they contained, as well as all the sacred gravestones. They even tried to dig up the graves and wipe out all traces of their existence.”

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Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?

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Q: Catholics, can you help me clarify a few things about your religion?

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

Do you also pray to saints?

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

My Catholic Reply: 

Do you or do you not pray to the pope?

A: We pray to God, and we give worship to God alone. We include all Christians, all the angels, and all the saints, in our prayer life. That’s what authentic “communion” and authentic “church” is all about.

Do you consider the pope “God” in the form of a human on earth?

A: The Pope is certainly NOT God. The Pope is the legitimate, authoritative, and powerful leader of the universal Christian Church that was founded by Jesus Christ, that has been known as Catholic, since at least 107 AD.

Does the pope have the authority to declare what is and what’s not a sin?

A: The Pope has the authority to bind and loose on earth and in heaven, because Jesus personally endowed the leader of the universal church with that power. Jesus remains the only judge as to whether our particular actions or inactions constitute a sin. In the mean time, the Pope provides a prudential opinion on the matter, for the good of the whole church.

Do you also pray to saints?

A: See the answer to your first question, above.

What are the qualifications that must be met for a person to be declared a saint?

A: To be a saint, a person must be admitted into heaven, according to the judgment of Jesus Christ. When the Church chooses to officially declare a person a saint, the Church considers the matter to be a certainty, according to the power of “the Keys” and according to the power of “binding and loosing”, which was personally given to the Pope and to the Church, by Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the universal Christian Church.

Why do you wear beads on your wrist?

A: I don’t. There’s no official requirement for any Catholic to do so. Some have and some do, and for very practical purposes … none of which have ever been contrary to the Christian faith.

Do you consider the Baptist, Methodist, Protestants, etc, to be infidels?

A: Anyone who has been baptized with water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is a member of the authentic, universal (Catholic) Church. Some imperfectly so.

Those who (for whatever reason) are unable or unwilling to accept ALL that God has revealed, for the purpose of our salvation, through the only Church that was ever founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed by Jesus Christ … the Catholic Church … are charitably invited to prayerfully consider the words of St. Paul:

Phi 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
Phi 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
Phi 2:3 Let nothing be done through contention: neither by vain glory. But in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
Phi 2:4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.
Phi 2:5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Phi 2:6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Phi 2:7 But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
Phi 2:8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.
Phi 2:9 For which cause, God also hath exalted him and hath given him a name which is above all names:
Phi 2:10 That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
Phi 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
Phi 2:12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.