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Nonbelievers Caught Praying In Church!

I am a visitor from the planet of Xul which lies millions of miles away in a lonely part of the universe and my task is to visit this place called, Earth and learn about its quaint ideas and practices. I was rather intrigued about an incident the other day in Spain where a group of Muslims decided to pray in a Catholic church despite the fact they were Muslims. The original church building in the spot was the Grand Mosque of Cordoba which was built after the Muslim invasion of Spain, but when Christian forces took the area in 1236 the mosque was replaced by a beautiful Catholic church. A group of 120 Muslims from Austria entered the church and proceeded to pray to their Muslim gods or whatever, an activity that aroused the anger and curiosity of guards. Security personnel told these people to quit praying in a church unless they wanted to pray to the real God or Son of God, or whatever. The Muslim tourists insisted they had a right to pray in a church, a stance that eventually resulted in more police. A court date was set for their appearance.

I gather the charges will be loitering and praying to someone who is not of the Christian faith while in a church which seeks to have people pray– but, pray only to the “right Gods.” I assume. I assume there will soon be on Planet Earth, “praying police” who supervise all praying in a church in order to ensure one and all are praying to the right person–or God. Anyone caught praying to the wrong person or God or son of God will be compelled to pray for an entire week outside in the sun.

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Indonesia, Jakarta Post: ’17 Clerics Have No Links To Terrorism”
But, do they have links to God?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Man Glued To Toilet Seat”
This is one shitty story.

Malta, Malta Today: “Viagra Con Man Operated Through Banks”
I hear this was one real stand up guy.

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: ‘Palestinian Women Make Jewish Skullcaps”
Mazeltov!

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Dead Cat Used As Football”
I guess one threw a real meow for a completion.

South Africa, Argus: “Secretary Faces 27 Charges Of Fraud”
That’s all?

Argentine, Buenos Aires Herald: “Forensic Searches In Bolivia”
They do not leave any jungle untouched by their searches.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “$1.5 Million To Promote Jesus”
I suspect he’d prefer a million examples of charity and love.

Belgium, Flanders.be: “Belgian Men’s Team Takes 4th Place”
What do they write if they actually win a race?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Mosque Next To Brothel”
Which came first?

Can A Mosque Disturb Christians?

There is growing concern among some Christians in the Czech city of Brno over plans to build a new mosque. Stanislav Juranck, chairman of the South Moravian Christian Democratic Party, announced his party was against the construction of any new mosques in the city. He believes the time is not ripe for new mosques in the town and his party “won’t tolerate fundamental changes to the image of the city.” Of particular concern to many Christians is the possibility that a new mosque might be topped with a minaret.

One can only assume some Christians fear that a second mosque will double the chances that extremists would take over. History does offer some lessons in the number of houses of worship and extremism. In the 1930s, Germany, a nation which contained thousands of churches invaded Czechoslovakia and eventually killed thousands of people. Apparently when some politicians have nothing to complain about, they find something as ludicrous as desire by Muslims to construct a house of worship!

Turkey First– Religious Center For All Faiths!

An old man’s wish to build a mosque that would be open to any branch of the Muslim religion, even Alevis who are hated by most Muslims, has escalated into a major project which eventually will include religious facilities for those of all faiths. Ihsan Dogramaci, 93, a prominent Turkish businessman, who is founder of Turkey’s first private university, wanted to build a mosque and then decided the complex should include a synagogue for Jews and a church for Christians. He intended to carry out the wishes of his father who wanted a mosque that was open to both Alevis and Sunnis, but he went further than his father’s dream and decided to include a synagogue and a chapel. “All of them can pray at the same place,” he told the Turkish Daily News.

Before this interfaith edifice can become a reality, the Directorate of Religious Affairs must give its consent to this unusual center of religion. Sunni tradition requires entrance to the mosque must have a separate path from any leading to the other religious facilities. However, a major difficulty stems from Alevi beliefs which differ from those of Sunnis and even prayer would be different. Many Muslims do not regard Alevis as being part of their religion and view them as separate from Muslim culture and beliefs.

On hsi r ecent visit to Iraq, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan made clear to Shiite leaders, “I am neither Shiite nor Sunni, I am a Muslim.” Hopefully, he can show the same tolerance toward those who are Alevi.