anthropology, Apocalypse, Catholic Church, Democracy and Justice, Europe, Freedom, Islam, Islam and Christianity, Islam in Europe, Islamophobia, Journalism, Muslims, Neocon, Politics, Religion

“Mamma li Turchi!!”, Italy and the Saladin Syndrome

www.flholocaustmuseum.org/frameworks/propaganda_usa.htmHere is the work of an unknown Italian artist, representing a Muslim and his hate for our civilization….No, oops, sorry…it is not a Muslim, it is a Jew. Well, to correct the mistake, this is an unknown Italian artist in 1941 representing the Jewish domination of America, in particular New York City, recognizable here by the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline. You can see this anti-Semitic wartime poster at the Florida Holocaust Museum. Today in Italy, the traditional fascist hatred of the Jew is increasingly substituted by a hatred of Muslims, all of them, children, women and men. Today Muslims in Italy are not so differently represented as their Semitic brothers were during the time of the Fascio and the Eia Eia alala. Continue reading

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Catholic Church, Europe, Islam and Christianity, Islam in Europe, Muslims, Pope

Ratzinger’s controversies on Islam: mistakes or strategies?

When Joseph Alois Ratzinger was elected Pope he selected the name Benedict XVI, a direct reference to Benedict XV, a Pope who had to witness the carnage of the First World War. Yet after the beginning of his pontificate, I start to think that Ratzinger’s decision to adopt the name of one of the less remembered popes was not just to celebrate Benedict XV’s human approach to the tragedy of the war, but rather Benedict XV’s late formed idiosyncrasy toward whatever could possibly smell of modernism and relativism. During the first year of Ratzinger’s pontificate we have observed a change in the attitude of the Catholic Church. Karol Wojtyla’s (Pope John Paul II) idea of the Catholic Church had a clear multi-strategy approach, which I may call ‘enlightened conservatism’.

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Europe, Islam and Christianity, Islam in Europe, Muslims, Terrorism, The UK, Uk government, University, War on Terror

Good aim, bad target

Admiral Sir Alan WestAdmiral Sir Alan West, the new security minister, informs us, citizens of the UK, that the ‘terror fight’ may take fifteen years’ . I have no idea of how this estimate has been done. Yet I can praise the Admiral for his clear criticism of the foolish Bush-Blair terminology, such as ‘War on Terror’. Indeed, who better than an Admiral can understand that war has at least an enemy with a face and possible veins from which to drain blood? Terror is an emotion; and fighting an emotion is a task for psychiatrists rather than soldiers and security forces. So, I admired the Admiral when publicly today he stated, “I hate that expression. It demeans the value of a war and it demeans the value of a lot of things.”

I have the impression, however, that if the ‘terrorists’ had the possibility of controlling an army and achieved a recognized status, they would have engaged with pleasure Admiral Sir Alan West in the ancient art of killing with honor, which we call war. Instead, globalization and radical changes in what it means to be an army, as well as the way in which war is fought, gift us with this new and unprecedented form of universal violence, which many call ‘terrorism’. I leave this reflection for future consideration.

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Islam and Christianity, Islam in Europe, Terrorism

The Marc of Stain Glass

Before last Monday, the question ‘Who is Marc Mulders?’ would have been perfect for ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire.’ Think about sitting there on that high chair, amidst soft bluish lights and one question away from the million. The question: ‘Who is Marc Mulders? A) Writer B) Artist C) Famous Viking Leader D) Politician’. Well, I am sure that you would have made the wise decision to go home with £500,000 instead of risking the cheque of £32,000. Goodbye million.

But now Mr Marc Mulders is famous and even our BBC tells us that the right answer is ‘B: he is an artist’, a Dutch artist. Mr Marc Mulders was mentioned in the BBC because he has included an image of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in his stained glass window commissioned for the Sint Jan Cathedral in Den Bosch. The short BBC article goes on to tell us how “Geert Jan van Rossem, pastor of the cathedral, said he expected the window would make people reflect. Innocent civilians were killed, that is shocking and makes people think.” The BBC concludes the article by reminding the reader who found other things more momentous on that infamous day that “Nearly 3,000 people died in the 11 September 2001 attacks”. Continue reading

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Humor, Islam and Christianity, Islam in Europe, Islamophobia, Muslims, Neocon, Satire, The UK

Mr Bishop Nazir-Ali and his Ancestral ‘Muslim Hypocrisy’

Islam, Islam, Islam and again Islam. Do you want to make money? Do you want to attract attention? Do you want to start your political career? Do you want to candidate yourself as the future Archbishop of Canterbury? Here’s the solution: Say something controversial about Islam and Muslims. Yet, remember, you are up against incredible competition: Satanic Verses, Danish Cartoons, apologetic Popes and the Bush and Blair supporters.

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