The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, killing nearly three hundred, wounding five hundred more, have merited near-universal condemnation. Worshipers at Sunday Mass – men, women and children, for such explosives do not discriminate – mangled, maimed, killed. All on the most solemn of Christian feasts.
Factions of the ‘religion of peace’ are blamed, with conspirators already taken into custody.
Pope Benedict’s 2006 Regensburg Address becomes ever-more prophetic as the years roll on. A religion unhinged from reason – even leaving aside revelation – is not a means to social cohesion, whatever else it may mean – or not – in terms of the afterlife.
There really is no ‘Islam’, only ‘Islams’, for who is to say what is its ‘truth’? Brunei? Iran? The local imam? How about Jacob Williams in an odd piece, which I quite frankly find scandalous, just published in First Things, recounting his apologia for why he became a Muslim, all in proper British fashion, except now he takes beef instead of bacon for breakfast? Or does Islam have more to do with the ‘radicalized’ terrorists in this case?
When one describes a Christian becoming ‘radicalized’, he is commended, even, perhaps, canonized, as in Saint Benedict Saint Francis, Mother Theresa, getting back to the roots of our religion, to what Christ asked us to do, in a more literal way.
Yet when a Muslim becomes ‘radicalized’, getting back to, what shall we say, the roots of Islam, its origins, in what the Qur’an actually prescribes, he is condemned. Yet not by all; hence my reference above to near-universal condemnation. For there are untold numbers who support such carnage, tacitly and otherwise, even on Easter during the holy sacrifice of the Mass, perhaps especially so, as a necessary blood-letting, a vivid lesson to the infidel, that the ‘will of Allah’ will brook no opposition on the ineluctable path to worldwide submission.
Yet, as Mark Steyn points out, as he has done so before, the media obfuscates the obvious, talking about ‘sectarian violence’ and such circumlocutions.
Now, as I just discovered from the Google Doodle, this is Earth Day, the less said about which perhaps the better. We had best get our priorities straight, if we’re still allowed to say that.
For now, we pray for the dead, the wounded, the grieving, and, yes, the perpetrators of this nefarious act.
May the Risen Christ, the one true Saviour, bring healing, peace and conversion.