The News You May Have Missed

April 2008By Michael S. Rose

Michael S. Rose is Book Review Editor and Web Editor of New Oxford Review.

'Christian Ramadan'

Dutch Catholics have re-branded the Lenten fast as "Christian Ramadan" in an attempt to appeal to young Dutchmen who are likely to know more about Islam than Christianity. "The image of the Catholic Lent must be polished," said Martin Van der Kuil, director of the Catholic charity Vastenaktie. "The fact that we use a Muslim term is related to the fact that Ramadan is a better-known concept among young people than Lent." Charity organizers hope that by linking the fast to Ramadan they can remind Christians who may be less observant than Muslims of the "spirituality and sobriety" of Lent (Telegraph, Feb. 12).

Multiple Wives, Multiple Benefits

Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits in the U.K. Even though polygamy is still a crime, the decision means that polygamous marriages can now be recognized formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal. The outcome will chiefly benefit Muslim men with more than one wife, as is permitted under Islamic law. Ministers estimate that up to a thousand polygamous partnerships exist in Britain today. Islamic law permits men to have up to four wives at any one time — known as a harem — provided the husband spends equal amounts of time with and money on each of them (Telegraph, Feb. 4).

Dead Pets Society

The world's first pet-cloning service promises to offer animal lovers the chance to recreate their dead companions. South Korean company RNL Bio announced that it is already working on its first order from an American who wants a clone of her dead pit bull. Ear tissue from the dog had been preserved at a biotech laboratory before its death; DNA from the sample is now being used in an attempt to create a doggy clone, although the chances of success hover around 25 percent. RNL Bio is charging customers $150,000 for the clones, which clients pay only after they receive their new pet (Guardian, Feb. 15).

The Animal Holocaust

Over 150 men and women stripped to the buff on the steps of the St. Eulalia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, in silent protest against the fur industry. Daubed in red paint, the nude protesters curled into fetal positions on the steps of the Gothic church. The protest was timed so that noonday worshipers had to file past the contorted nude protestors. AnimaNaturalis, the pressure group that organized the exhibition, explained in a press release that the "word 'holocaust' can be applied to the animal holocaust as well as to the Jews, without diminishing the importance of the latter. The comparison is valid from the moment that both are seized and placed in cages. Both are tortured and die of hunger as it frequently happens to egg-laying chickens. Both are finally murdered" (Spero News, Jan. 28). ...

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'Christian Ramadan' is a nutty idea. If Islam is such a great religion, why push the Catholic religion? It would be reasonable for a young person knowledgeable about muslims to make that comparison(if it is valid)as an observation but it makes more sense to teach Catholicism and practise it from the Catholic perspective.
As for the other items, they are evidence of the decadence in today's society and with respect to the UK, what terrible consequences await those governments that practise PC (political correctness). In this country, it is the democrat party that is the catalyst, along with liberal judges, that are pushing us in this "wrong" direction.
When this country strays from it's original traditions of God, Honor, duty country, especially respect for life, this degradation begins to creep in.
Posted by: awunsch
May 01, 2008 09:19 PM EDT
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