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A Knight's Petition for Justice and Peace

posted Sep 18, 2014, 7:43 PM by Dan Pittman   [ updated Sep 27, 2014, 12:33 PM ]
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As Roman Catholics working faithfully through the Magisterium we know that Scripture through blind ignorance or willful denial of universal spiritual truths can be subjugated and manipulated by fundamentalists and opportunists for political gain.

“Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought.” 
--- Augustine of Hippo, On Christian Doctrine

Shakespeare admits as much when in the Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene 3, Antonio says: 

Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul producing holy witness
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart:
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
   
While all religions are subject to scriptural exploitation and the heresies of hate, Islam is particularly vulnerable. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Kharijist, Salafist and Wahhabist ideologies promulgated in many mosques today. There are serious moral and legal questions whether Islam qualifies as a religion where these ideologies exist. This Saudi-Qatari-Kuwaiti funded conveyor of terror is further compounded by born again Muslims submitting to New Age pan-Islamism proselytized by transnational organizations such as Hizb-ut-Tahrir. The list of politico-religious inspired terrorist organizations is extensive. A subscription to Jane's World Insurgency and Terrorism along with the New York Times is recommended for those following current affairs and trying to untangle the facts.

As the fratricidal war within Islam waxes to a fiery crescendo of human suffering, whispers of hope are rising from the tear soaked ashes of grief and despair. Countering the dysfunctional thinking and heartless call to indiscriminate violence by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Islamic State), Abubakar Shekau (Boko Haram) and Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaeda) there are Muslim apologists and theologians equally busy salvaging the holiest in Islamic heritage for a pluralistic, post-modern world. Notable are the growing number of anti-Shari'a/Takfiri advocates and practitioners, primarily from the Sufi/Traditionalist schools, who are cultivating genuine interfaith friendships and germinating the seeds for peace. Together we beseech all Muslims to openly reject jihad and dhimmitude that discriminate against non-Muslims or former adherents who wish to leave Islam. Not to do so is an offense against God and humanity.

At this critical juncture in history where the future course of events will be determined by our actions for justice and prayers for peace we ask:   

O Virgin Mother, guide us that we may live as faithful servants in the Church of your Son among tolerant peoples building together a civilization of truth and love where houses of worship from every holy faith stand in each nation, defended from evil, as God wills it for his glory.

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