Saturday, October 9, 2010

Catholics Arrested in Saudi Arabia for Celebrating Mass

As reported by 12 Filipino workers and a priest were arrested by the Saudi "Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" for hosting a private Mass for approximately 150 expatriates in Saudi Arabia last week.  They were charged with prosletyzing.  I'm pretty sure I know what prosletyzing is, and celebrating Mass with only Catholics in attendance in a private space is not prosletyzing.  If it was, it sure wouldn't be very successful.

I'm getting a little fed up with the double standard in the world today when it comes to the treatment of different religions.  Christians, especially, seem to come in for the harshest treatment.   Just last week, a woman was arrested in Colorado for smashing an art installation that portrayed the Lord in a disgusting and disturbing manner.  Some reports said that the exhibition was supported by public taxpayer funds.  So, of course, when the woman took a crowbar to the "artwork" she was arrested.  However, there was no outcry over the blasphemy that was taking place.

Why is it that when the kooky pastor in Florida threatened to burn the koran, every politician under the sun, up to the president himself, made a public statement condemning the threatened action.  However, when an art gallery presents a "work" that publicly mocks the Christian religion in a vile and filthy way, there is not a peep from any government official, other than the standard advice regarding the "free speech" rights of the artist.  Why is it right for one religion and wrong for another?  Just asking.

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