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Jesuit Priest at ‘America’ Promotes Dissolution of Jewish State

Posted on November 10 2010 2:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.
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As the Islamic massacre of Catholics in Baghdad rips at the hearts of Catholics everywhere, and as the faithful are growing in their awareness that Islam is not a religion of peace, Jesuit Father Ray Schroth has taken time to write an appalling article at the leftist, ostensibly Catholic, America Magazine promoting the dissolution of the Jewish state of Israel. It is an article devoid of rationality and I challenge him to consider the truth.

During the recent historic debate between faithful Catholic Robert Spencer, of Jihad Watch, and Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft, regarding the nature of Islam, Kreeft remarked that Boston College “used to be Catholic”  but “now it is Jesuit.”  The joke drew laughter from the audience as it is almost universally known among the Catholic faithful that, with rare exceptions, the Jesuits have become a voice for the agendas of the Left rather than a voice for Catholicism. As with Boston College and other Jesuit institutions, we may rightly say that America Magazine “used to be Catholic, but now it is Jesuit.” A new article by Jesuit Father Ray Schroth calling for “one state” in Israel demonstrates that the Leftist poison being emitted from Jesuit institutions sometimes reaches appalling levels of anti-Israel sentiment. Here are some important questions Father Schroth needs to answer.

Why on earth do you think it is better to ask Israel to abandon its character as a Jewish state than to ask Hamas and Hezbollah to cease trying to destroy the Jewish state?

Why do you think it is okay to condemn Israel for having a “nation state built around one religion” — a religion we Catholics should universally understand to be a religion of peace — but not bat an eye at the many Islamic nations around the world where Shari’a Law is in full force?

Islam teaches that shari’a, as God’s revealed law, perfect and eternal, is binding on individuals, society and state in all its details. By logical extension, any criticism of shari’a is heresy. Muslims who deny the validity of shari’a in any way are labeled as non-Muslims (infidels) or apostates (those who convert to another religion) by traditionalists and Islamists. As such, they face the threat of being prosecuted for apostasy, a crime that carries the death penalty in shari’a.

The mandates of shari’a are extremely harsh compared to modern Western standards. They infringe on many modern principles of human rights, religious freedom, and equality of all before the law. For example:

Hudud punishments are the severe penalities prescribed by shari’a for offenses defined as being against God himself. The punishments for these crimes are seen as divinely ordained and cannot be changed by humans. These include 100 lashes or stoning to death as punishment for adultery; 80 lashes for false accusation of adultery; amputation of limbs for theft; 40 or 80 lashes for drinking alcohol; imprisonment, amputation or death (by crucifixion in serious cases) for highway robbery; and the death penalty for apostasy from Islam. Methods of execution for apostasy can include decapitation, crucifixion, burning, strangling, drowning, impaling, and flaying. Apostates are denied a decent burial after their deaths, and the Muslims who participate in killing them are promised an eternal reward in paradise.

Discrimination on the basis of religion is fundamental to shari’a. By religious edict, Islam must be dominant; only Muslims are considered to be full citizens. Jews and Christians are defined as dhimmis (literally “protected” i.e. permitted to live). However this protection is on condition that they do not bear arms, know their lowly place in society, treat Muslims with respect, and pay a special poll tax (jizya).

Father Schroth, the Catholic faithful are waking up in our understanding of who the world’s intolerant murderers are. I suggest you do the same.

I would like to note that while I was doing research for this article, my Jewish friend Daniel Greenfield was busy publishing an article calling out President Obama for his failures in regard to Islamic genocide committed against Christians in Indonesia. I think there is a lesson here. The Catholic faithful are becoming more like-minded with the Jewish faithful on the necessity of assisting each other in addressing the anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, anti-Christianity and Islamic supremacism so often advanced by the Left.


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