No Demonstrations in Pakistan When Christian Girls Raped
hypocrisy and the evil that has been laid bare for all the world to see. I do not believe any decent person can ignore this evil without sacrificing part of their own humanity and their capacity for that which is divine and eternal.
Consequently, I am deeply concerned with the way President Obama has responded to the attacks on our embassies and the demonstrations. Many people have been concerned that by blaming the Libyan-embassy attack on the video and excessively condemning the video in relation to the attack, the President inadvertently helped Islamists use the video as an excuse to cause unrest throughout much of the Muslim world. In the process, the hidden evil associated with persecution and the rape of Christian girls was trivialized.
To make matters worse, according to articles by The Daily Beast and the Associated Press, the American embassy in Libya had been bombed prior to the anniversary of 9-11, and our people asked the State Department for increased security. It was refused. Yet the President repeatedly said the attack on the embassy that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was caused by the video. It was not. It was almost certainly a premeditated attack by al Qaeda.
Some people are now suggesting that the attack on our embassy in Libya made President Obama's Middle-East policies look bad, so he lied about the attack to provide political cover while campaigning for re-election. When President Obama attacked Libya in order to unseat Muammar Gaddafi, he enabled Islamists to gain a foothold in parts of Libya, including al Qaeda. And it is believed that he either armed some Islamists or allowed them to hijack stockpiles of Gaddafi's armaments. It has even been suggested that these weapons may have been used in the attack on the embassy.
I do not expect the President of the United States to view the world through Catholic eyes, but I do expect him to act within the parameters of objective reality and common decency, and not to put politics or ambition above the lives of innocent children like Allah Rakhi and Shumaila Masih.
As Catholic Americans, we cannot turn our eyes from the hypocrisy and the evil that has been laid bare for us to see. Our brothers and sisters in Christ need our help. And we can give them that help by raising our voices in prayer and by making our voices heard when we vote in November.
Michael Terheyden was born into a Catholic family, but that is not why he is a Catholic. He is a Catholic because he believes that truth is real, that it is beautiful and good, and that the fullness of truth is in the Catholic Church. However, he knows that God's grace operating throughout his life is the main reason he is a Catholic. He is greatly blessed to share his faith and his life with his beautiful wife, Dorothy. They have four grown children and three grandchildren.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Christian, Persecutions, Rape, Muslim, Video, Demonstrations, Pakistan, President Obama, Michael Terheyden
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