Here’s an outrageous story that will likely go unnoticed and unreported by the media. Try to imagine what would happen if a Christian were to perform this same moronic dance in crowded mosque. Do you think he’d leave the building alive? I don’t know if this Muslim is deranged or just maliciously trying to insult and provoke Catholics, but either way, he’s a jackass, and I hope he’s prosecuted for this. May God forgive him.
Well, that basically sums up my feelings, too, except I wonder if the guy is mentally ill.
Either way, this is a moment of dynamic instruction, particularly for those who (like Rosie O’ Donnell, Bill Maher and others) would like to perpetuate the idea that Christian fundamentalism and Islamic fundamentalism are comparable in temperament and aggression, and would have you think that a Christian is just a terrorist without a boxcutter and a plane. In the response by the Catholics and other Christians (and even offended non-Christians, like Pamela Geller) somehow I don’t think we’ll hear anyone screaming about bloody vengeance in the name of God.
Most Catholics will–like Madrid, and scores of Catholics I know–shake their head at that display, pray for that “dancer” and wonder if the altar should be incensed in order to cleanse it from that insult.
Some will get angry and wonder about all the lip-service given to the notion of “reciprocal respect” (we see that in Saudi Arabia, some Catholics were arrested for um…being Catholic and celebrating mass) but Catholics will not respond to this extremely provoking and disrespectful episode in the manner we have come to expect from Fundamentalist Islamist extremists. Not even “extreme” Catholics.
There are several interpretations of the Italian news report at Atlas, both in the body of the post and in the comments section, but I think the idea that this was a “ritual dance” as promulgated in the tape is a bit out there; he’s clearly doing a bad Michael Jackson.
I do agree with one commenter who notes that Oriana Fallaci would have been livid on seeing this; she was both a leftist and an atheist, but she understood what was before her face. She was the lady who defiantly removed her chador while interviewing the Ayotollah Khomeini and who knew that relativism could not long serve in place of truth.
Ah, well. The man danced on the high altar. Yes, it’s aggravating, but let’s pray for him, and for our pope. Hot coals, folks.
Related: In fact, Catholics are being killed or oppressed all over the world, with little media attention being brought to bear on that fact. Unsurprising.
Check back – I’ll link to more as I find it.
Namrata Nyack: “They do not love Jesus…