Qatar; Looks 21st Century, Acts 7th Century
By way of Michelle Malkin
, I found an update on the new church in Qatar. Globe and Mail
Qatar's first Christian church has no cross, no bell and no steeple.
And when thousands of worshippers gather at Our Lady of the Rosary to mark Easter, they pray no one will notice.
"The idea is to be discreet because we don't want to inflame any sensitivities. There isn't even a signboard outside the church. No signs at all," said Rev. Tom Veneracion.
For Qatar's fledgling Roman Catholic community, the sprawling $15-million, dome-shaped building, a 15-minute drive into barren desert is a victory, built with the blessing of the current emir.
But critics in this devoutly Muslim country call it a desecration, with a militant website last week threatening retaliation against the congregation. One former politician has called for a national referendum to decide its fate.
Lahdan bin Issa al-Muhanada, a popular columnist in Doha's Al-Arab newspaper, argues: "The cross should not be raised in the sky of Qatar, nor should bells toll in Doha."
But it remains unclear whether average Qataris will accept the church, or whether a backlash will force it to close.
At this point it doesn't even matter that the ruler of Qatar allowed a church to be built. What matters is that there is even a debate about it in a supposedly modern and up to date country that expects to hold the Olympics in 2012. What matters is that there are useful idiots in the West, where freedom reigns (for now) who preach accommodating these "devoutly Muslim" barbarians and tolerating their intolerance of anything anywhere that deviates from the teachings of Islam. If Islam demands respect, Islam had better grow up and start giving respect. Respect is a two way street.
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