Fremdenhass von der Kanzel

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Dass die Kirche – insbesondere die Katholische – oftmals ein „wenig“ überheblich und anmaßend ist, ist nicht wirklich neu. Historische Dinge wie Ablasshandel, Kreuzzüge und Inquisition, und – etwas Aktueller – Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen von Kindern und Jugendlichen durch „Würdenträger“ der Kirche. Und dabei sind das nur einige Punkte der katholischen Kirche. Andere Religionen mal außen vor gelassen. Vor dem Hintergrund sollte man meinen, dass man mit Äußerungen ein wenig vorsichtiger sein sollte. Aber damit wären wir wieder bei „überheblich“. Wenn man den einzig „unfehlbaren“ Menschen auf Erden auf seiner Seite und als Chef hat, passiert das schon mal…

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Overreactions in 3, 2, 1, …

Not exactly unexpectedly, though probably more extreme than anybody would have thought, Islamist (most likely according to the reports) terror has once again reached returned to Europe. In the worst attack since the 2004 train bombing in Spain, around 140 people were killed last night in multiple attacks in Paris, with around 100 alone at the site of a concert. From first reports, even an attack at the stadium that at the time had the France-Germany soccer match was likely, though seems to have been prevented by stadium security – unimaginable how high the death toll and wounded may have turned out in a place with 80000 spectators.
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Who is worse – Catholics or ISIS?

In the course of some discussions on a recent podcast, an intriguing mention got me thinking … not really a new idea, but …

The christian church’s – well, mostly, the Catholic Church – stance on contraception isn’t new. Preventing a pregnancy for them is sort of like murder. Even if there is no person (with how broad a definition of „person“ you want to work) whom you could murder. Murder. Premeditated Murder. Which is why especially in Africa, with its overpopulation (compared to the scarcity of food and clean water) and in the last 30+ years HIV/AIDS, most rationally thinking people have or would criticize the policy against any kind of contraception.

The comment in the podcast on who killed more people, the Pope (as Catholicism’s worldly leader) or ISIS, had me wonder about some numbers … and I wasn’t really surprised by what I was able to find …

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