Thank God our Pope and our U.S. Catholic bishops don't talk like Father John Higgins, the pastor of St. Raymond Church in Downey, California. On June 15, 2011 he posted a "history lesson" on Facebook. These are his words:
You assume that the people we are fighting in these countries die because we started these wars. But they really are one war. It began with the doctrine of Islam, in which non-believers are to be given a choice of conversion to Islam or complete subjugation as "Dhimmi". Under Dhimmi status they must only practice their religion in private, not build or repair Churches or Synagogues and not teach their faith to anyone. If they refuse either of these their heads are to be severed.
Islam has declared jihad not only on the West, but on the East and Africa as well. But Muslim armies have invaded Christian nations for many centuries. Egypt and all of North Africa used to be Christian. Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel used to be Christian. All of Europe was Christian. The sultans lead huge and ruthless Muslim armies into these areas, doing just what you described. So how do I feel about that? I not only feel but believe that we have the right to defend ourselves and others from jihad. Did you know that all of Spain, all of Sicily and the southern half of Italy was in Muslim hands? Did you know that the Muslims have invaded into northern France with an entire army and were stopped at the Battle of Tours in the 7th Century? Vienna has been under Muslim siege twice. The second time the Muslims hurled dead, flea infested bodies into the city, causing what resulted in the Black Plague, which took the lives of 20% of Europe's population.
Now these aren't just a few crazed terrorists, these are examples of the war that's existed in the heart of Islam against any infidel for 1300 years. It isn't just some extremist group but an essential part of Muslim doctrine. We've been told that the wars we are now in are illegal. And perhaps they are. It may be illegal for us to resist Muslim world domination because, as a culture, we are a very fair minded and accepting people. Ask the Christian Bishops of Israel, Egypt, Northern Africa, Spain, Turkey and Greece what they thought of watching as their people were hacked up in the streets, and then they themselves were dragged into the street and decapitated. If you want to talk about feelings, imagine standing in blood up to your ankles, watching your children being tied up and sexually abused before they were either murdered or packed into a carriage for further use of their new masters.
We've been told that Islam is a religion of peace. And it is. Peace comes in the end, when Islam is the only religion and all other people are subjugated or dead. Then there will be the peace of Allah, and Mohammed his prophet.
Father John Higgins, you express here a distorted view of history, severely biased against Islam. Please set in your heart these words:
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:3-5)
The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom. (Vatican II: Nostra Aetate)
Together we urge all not to impugn whole peoples or their religions because of the despicable acts of some. Aggression and terrorism wherever they occur are to be condemned since they constitute an illegitimate use of force and therefore violate the law of God. This we affirm without qualification. With equally strong resolve we reject any effort to claim a religious inspiration or sanction for such contemptible acts. This misguided contention disfigures religion itself. It is important at this tine for us to reaffirm our commitment to one another. A major goal of Christian-Muslim dialogue is to eradicate misrepresentations of Islam, Christianity, and the history of Christian-Muslim relations. Another goal is to cooperate in pursuit of common values, in particular, justice, peace, and respect for creation. We are encouraged by the fact that dialogue between Catholics and Muslims is already taking place in several American cities. As the Presidents of the American Muslim Council and of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops we call upon our faithful to come together to dialogue, to pray, and to act in behalf of our common values. (Joint statement issued April 17, 1993 by Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Saud and Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore)
Copied below are some additional comments posted by Father John Higgins
June 15, 2011:
The Christians in Jerusalem, Cairo, Constantinople, Nicea, Toledo and many other places in the world did not know Muslims who invaded and murdered them without hesitation. The same thing happened in the Siege of Vienna. The same thing has happened countless times when Muslims have invaded a country provoked only by the words of Mohamed, who was a false prophet and a pedophile.
So, not knowing terrorists is no protection against them. Knowing terrorists is no protection against them. Even the most passive, loving, caring, quiet, liberal, progressive Muslim supporter has absolutely no protection from Muslims who decide to impose Sharia except if given the remote chance to either convert to Islam or become a Dhimmi and pay horrible taxes and accept subjugation as a sub human.
June 16, 2011:
The "wacked" folks are the ones who approve of a "prophet" who had sex with a nine year old girl, enourges people to chop off the heads of Christians and Jews and made laws that enslave women, making them the property of their fathers or husbands. Now those people are wacked.
By the way, you do know that in the Muslim culture dogs are not accepted at all, don't you? I love dogs. I have one myself and see you are a dog lover. Try sharing your love of dogs with a Muslim friend. That would be very educational.
I haven't suggested we kill Muslims or beat them or throw them out of our society. I've simply pointed out what they believe from the Koran. If more people had done this in Germany with the Nazis perhaps Hitler would not have murdered eight million Jews. I'm posting these things to keep nice people like you and Joanne and Terry from suffering the slavery of being subjected to Sharia law or having your heads cut off. But if you want to invite this kind of thought into society and welcome the racist and fascist religionists in and welcome them as brothers and sisters, go for it. Invite one to your home and see how he or she treats you and your dog(s).