'Taliban Catholic'? Moi? You don't know the meaning of the word...

I do not agree with every point that Micaheael Voris makes in this video, and ideally the video could have been more succinct, but it does make a vitally important point that all Catholics may agree on. Some of our fellow Catholics, who throw around the grave insult 'Taliban Catholics', don't know the meaning of the word 'Taliban', or for that matter what it signifies. Indeed the word 'Taliban', and Islamic terrorism are metaphors for each other. Or at least they were before people in our fold borrowed it! Perhaps Catholics-who-lambast-other-Catholics with 'Taliban Catholics' are like the mother in 2001 who called her baby 'Bin Laden' - people had to point it out to her that this was not the most prudent choice of names!
A better acquaintance with actual victims of Islamic extremism might be needed.

In August 2009, John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need reported:  Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad in Pakistan has spoken of his people’s anger and grief after eight people – including two children – were burned alive in one of the bloodiest attacks against Christians in the country’s history.

The victims, who included nine-year-old Umia Alnaf, her mother Asifa, and Mausa Masih, 10, died on Saturday 1st August when nearly 3,000 people rampaged through the Christian quarter of Gojra city in the Punjab Province, 30 miles from Faisalabad. The mob, carrying sticks, clubs and a small number of firearms, set fire to property including more than 50 homes and two churches.

More than 20 people were also injured in the violence. The attacks came two days after a related incident in the nearby village of Korian, where gangs set fire to more than 70 Christian homes and two small churches...

The bishop, who on Sunday 2nd August presided at the funerals of those who died in the Gojra violence, stressed the failure of the authorities to tackle the causes of the violence....  He also criticised the police for not acting quickly. Despite well-publicised threats against Gojra, the police response was “half-hearted and ineffective,” he said....  “In all these cases, the police did almost nothing to stop the rampaging mobs.

“Condolences, apologies and assurances [always] pour in from officials and other citizens after the event, but the timely action required to prevent such incidents has always been missing.”

The bishop alleged that a banned militant religious group was behind the attacks.

The group wanted to carry out “a sort of religious cleansing” to turn Pakistan into an Islamic theocratic state where non-Muslims were told to convert or leave, he told Aid to the Church in Need....

A ninth person, a man aged 25 from Faisalabad, was killed in an accident bringing food aid to the victims in Gojra. The attacks were sparked by Muslim outrage at reports that children had cut up pages from an old school book to use as wedding confetti. They had not realised that the pages contained verses from the Qu‘ran.... Read the full article here.

Aid to the Church in Need recently published Persecuted and Forgotten? This is the 2011 edition, and a concern of this report is to highlight how Christians are being persecuted - especially in Iraq. You may find out more about this report here.

Atlas Shrugs, Pamela Geller's blog that isn't coming from the Catholic point of view, has a post on the events in 2010 that led to Rev. Wilson Augustine (the 26 year old victim of Islamic intolerance in the photo above) having these horrendous injuries.

Twitch of the mantilla to Linen on the Hedgerow, for posting The Vortex video. 
The red ink used to highlight some facts is my emphasis.


  1. Wow! You can write! And you're Irish ... will you marry me? :^)=) Like you, I don't agree with everything Voris says—he can be quite snarky as well—but I do agree that "Taliban Catholic" goes beyond snarky to being obscene, unmerited and demeaning to victims of the Taliban.

  2. Hi Anthony, I don't think that I've ever gotten a more appreciative comment ever. Thank you and God bless always, Mary


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