In defense of Muslim clerics who don't speak out, it's simply not safe for them to do so. Fundamentalist terrorist will certainly strike back if they did. Of course, the fact that they advocate being martyrs for their faith would make you think that at least some of them would be willing to speak out for the truth. I guess the whole concept of martyrdom is more popular among fundamentalists then among moderate Muslims. I don't mean that to sound disrespectful. I have respect for the devotion of most Muslims. I do admit that I am frustrated by the deafening silence from Muslim moderates concerning terrorism. I wonder if we will see much condemnation of terrorism from them even in a safe environment like this forum.
Wow. What a great question and I'll be anxious to see the responses. The Koran specifically prohibits the acts performed by terrorists but you seldom see Islamic leaders coming out and condemning these people. They are hijacking the religion by using it as a pretense for supporting their radical positions and getting followers to think they are fighting the infidels in the name of their religion.
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I think Raining Star makes a good point. The clerics who do speak out against Islamic terrorists (and there are plenty of other kinds, you know) are found in more westernized countries where the risk of an over whelming backlash is minimal. In other words, it's safe to do so. But those who do speak out have been doing so since September 11, 2001, unlike the Catholic Church which as taken over half a century to fess up to its immoral behavior--and even though there was virtually no expectation of risking bodily harm.
Should 'Muslims' condemn for the acts of some extremists or does it go without saying for most of us? Should you condemn for the actions of Anders Behring Breivik? Or Lord's Resistance Army? Or maybe the Klu Klux Klan? You can, I'm sure you would if asked... but do you go around doing it all the time? Have you ever felt the need to make a public announcement to condemn the actions of Christians who may not even be from the same branch of Christianity as you?
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I have no doubt that grass roots Catholics are horrified by the Church's widespread pedophilia but for you to infer that the Catholic Church condemns the practice is far off the mark.
In Australia at present a wide-ranging inquiry is being conducted into pedophilia in religious and community schools and organisations which cater for children. The Sydney Morning Herald (a paper as respected as the NY Times or the Washington Post) gained access to "thousands of pages" of church records dealing with pedophilia. All these criminals have been moved to other parishes and schools and their past covered up. The church does not refer to them as paedophiles but as "sexual line crossers".
Do you really think Pope Benedict abdicated because of ill health? He was almost certainly pushed out in the face of mounting world outrage over pedophilia because of his previous complicity.
Sure, the average Catholic is outraged as, I'm sure, the average Muslim is horrified by the terrorist element that contaminates one of the world's great religions. The average Muslim, and I've known quite a few personally, is a decent citizen who would have no part of murdering people.
1. The catholic church only publicly "condemned" their evil-doings because the courts ordered them to. 2. The catholic church covered up the rampant pedophilia and corruption in its ranks for centuries! They went to extreme lengths to hide their evil-doings. 3. I have never heard of the catholic church publicly apologizing for the Crusades. 4. Muslims are not the only terrorists. Timothy McVeigh was a christian and a terrorist. The man who murdered Dr Tiller while he knelt at prayer in church is a christian and a terrorist. The Ku Klux Klan is a christian organization and a terrorist group. Northern Ireland was torn apart by two opposing groups of christian terrorists. 5. Muslims publicly condemn terrorism just as much, if not more, than christians do.